Romancing the Stars 2016
Images and Video by Peter Allert
The event held last Thursday was nothing short of a whirlwind romance - meeting 20 of the recently published Australian authors and illustrators (2015-2016) in no less than three minutes. Pre-event mingling - talking books, publishing and sales, snacks, wine and 3 minutes per star - afforded all listeners a 'sneak peak' into the climate of children's book publishing in Australia this year; what's being published by whom. From picture books, all the way to young adult fiction, the cross-section of skills and experience had all attendees wanting more!
Acclaimed authors including James Moloney, Jennifer Loakes, Pamela Rushby, Michelle Worthington, Yvonne Mess alongside Samantha Wheeler (both fellow WriteLinks members), Zarkora writers Nicholas and Alison Lochel (image below); all kept us riveted through tales of research, historical facts, personal comedy/tragedy, professional endeavors and publishing toils.
Talented illustrators and fellow B.I.G members Helene Magisson, Anil Tortop (image below), Brian Faulkner and Giuseppe Poli discussed the tribulations of the 'creative approach to book publishing' in all it's 'bare all' meaning... their processes, working with publishers and authors, and most importantly, those VERY. VERY. LATE evenings... changing goalposts and deadlines. And yes, a little gossip was swapped...
Overall, an informative evening out... talented authors and illustrators really keep this going, along with the co-ordination and support of BookLinks, IDTL and CBCA.
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