On Wednesday I’m off to the 2012 Children’s Book Council of Australia Conference in Adelaide. I’ve been to the last two conferences in Sydney and Melbourne and they’re incredibly interesting and so much fun.
This year the conference starts on Thursday 17th May with the welcome reception, including an introduction by Australian Children’s Laureate Alison Lester, a book launch, and an opportunity to view an exhibition of South Australian illustrators. The main part of the conference starts on Friday morning and concludes on Saturday afternoon.
There are some really interesting authors and illustrators speaking, including international guests Oliver Jeffers and Eoin Colfer, as well as some great Australian authors such as Michael Gerard Bauer, Mem Fox and Isobelle Carmody. I’ve got my copies of their books packed in my suitcase to get signed and I’ll hopefully get a couple signed to give away here on the blog. I’m really looking forward to interviewing Michael Gerard Bauer, an author whose books I love.
My suitcase and backpack are sure to be loaded with books on the way home.