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March/April 2012 Newsletter


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March Events

Thursday March 15  

One Word One Day

Listen in to ABC Local Radio (AM 774): The Conversation Hour with John Faine, hosted by Kaz Cooke – Victorian illustrators, inspired by a particular word to be announced on-air, will create art live on air, as you listen! A creative collaboration between the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), Micador and the ABC!

Art created will be auctioned on-line to support the ILF.


Clayton's Short List Night

The Book of the Year Awards when you're not really having one! Organised and presented by the Victorian branch of the CBC.

At Trinity Grammar Performing Arts Centre, 6.30pm

The CBCA, Victorian branch presents a guest panel of public librarians to present their pick of the best children's books published in 2011 and therefore eligible for the 2012 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. This is a wonderful networking opportunity for those working in the field of children's literature and education.

Bookings to CBCA, Victorian branch PH: 1300360436

The official 2012 CBCA Short List will be announced in South Australia in April.


Thursday March 29

Hamlet: Staged on the Page

Zart Art -4/41 Lexton Road, Box Hill North

Hear author illustrator Nikki Greenberg discuss her extraordinary graphic reinterpretation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet – joint winner of the 2011 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award.

This evening, presented by the CBCA, Victorian branch and Zart Art, includes supper, book sales and signing.

Bookings to CBCA, Victorian branch PH: 1300360436


Sunday March 25

Children's Book Festival –Family Fun Day

State Library of Victoria, 10am to 4pm

This is the second annual family fun day at the State Library, the Wheeler Centre and Little Lonsdale Street. Highlights include guest writers, illustrators, theatre groups, workshops, story telling and activities linked to the Love and Devotion exhibition at SLV.

Meet Mandy Cooper at the Books Illustrated stand and join in some fishy art activities inspired by picture book, Chester and Gil!

Free – bookings not required



It's a Miroocool!

Saturday March 31 to Sunday April 13
The release of the new picture book It's a Miroocool!'
will be celebrated with an exhibition at Gasworks Arts Park – Foyer Gallery.

The exhibition, by Books Illustrated, will feature Ann's original illustrations, developmental work and objects that inspired her vision for this story.

'It's a Miroocool!, written by Christine Harris and published by Little Hare Books.

Audrey has already featured in three popular novels written by Christine Harris. The stories are set in the outback in the 1930s and Ann James b&w illustrations for these novels set the scene for some of their historic content.

In this new picture book we are introduced to a younger Audrey with a new adventure.

When she loses her first tooth, she's worried the tooth fairy will never find her. How will she let the tooth fairy know where she lives...and what will the tooth fairy leave her?

Visit the exhibition and enter a competition to win a signed 'It's a Miroocool!' book.

On Thursday April 12 you can meet Ann James and have books personally signed - books will be available for sale.


April Holiday Workshops

Thursday April 12  

Sunrise, Sunset – watercolour workshops at Gasworks Arts Park

Create silhouettes in watercolours, charcoal and inks with award-winning illustrator Ann James. Take part in the all-day celebrations of her new picture book, It's a Miroocool!

10.15am - 12.15pm, 6 - 9 yrs

1.00pm - 3.00pm, 8 - 14 yrs

Venue: Gasworks Theatre Foyer

Bookings at Gasworks –

Visit the Gasworks Arts Park website to see the wonderful range of workshops and theatre productions on offer in the April school holidays.


Federation Square Book Market

The Fed Square Book Market is the city's largest and most central - being in the Atrium at Federation Square. It runs each Saturday from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The Book Market regularly features around 15 of Melbourne's most experienced book dealers as well as creators. There are second hand books as well as books on specialised areas from Russian literature to Asian Arts; from poetry to children's picture books.

Books Illustrated attends the market on the second Saturday of each month. As well as a range of quality children's books and a display of prints, we have the added attraction of an illustrator working on our stand being filmed live and shown on the big screen!

Meet the illustrators, watch them at work and have a book personally signed!
You can catch Illustrators Judy Watson at work on Saturday March 10 and Ann James on April 14.

Books Illustrated Showroom

Limited edition prints,original illustrations and books (many signed) can be viewed and purchased by making an appointment to visit our showroom.