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In another short post about some of the blogs I follow and why – I introduce to you Australian children’s author Sandy Fussell.
Sandy is another of my children’s literature contacts from my CBCA days. She is the author of (among many others) the Samurai Kids series and her novel Polar Boy was shortlisted for a CBCA Book of the Year Award in 2009. Sandy blogs at Stories are light and you can follow her on twitter as @sandyfussell.
Sandy is another Australian author who provides great support to the CBCA – she’s heavily involved with the Illawarra sub branch in NSW – a dynamic, active group of people around Wollongong who put on a constant stream of children’s literature events.
Oh – and her books are great!
Many of you will know that I spent 2 years working at the Children’s Book Council of Australia before starting my new career in libraryland. During that time I got to know many wonderful Australian children’s authors and their work. Most children’s authors in Australia have to also have a day job – some are able to make a living from writing alone.
Some, such as Chris Cheng, are staunch supporters of the CBCA and its programs and awards. Chris’ blog is a wonderful, colourful brain dump of ideas, events, friends, travel and enthusiasm for and about children’s literature in Australia.
Chris was awarded the Lady Cutler Award for services ‘above and beyond’ to children’s literature in 2009 and created a first for the CBCA by skyping into the Award dinner as he was unavoidably overseas at the time. You can read Chris’ version of the dinner and the Award here.
I miss the contact with and immersion in the world of children’s literature and love that I can keep in touch by following blogs.
Working at the CBCA gave me an insight into what it’s like to be an author in Australia – and just how hard most of our children’s authors have to work as they usually also have to have a day job. I love the perspective Sherryl gives to issues such as publishing, e-books and authors’ rights, as well as her insights into just what has to happen to get a book or other publication out into the marketplace.
I often forward Sherryl’s posts onto Bookworm, as she offers insights into English and literature that I think might be useful for a HSC English student.
Supporting Australian authors is something I like doing – my kids are too old for Sherryl’s books now but reading and commenting on her blog feels a bit like cheering her on anyway.
Before finishing my degree and joining MPOW, I was employed for a few years in the office of the NSW Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA). While I’ve really enjoyed the switch to higher education and working directly with students and faculty, I do miss all my old connections from the world of children’s lit. I have so much to learn and do in this new area that I can’t really justify maintaining a professional interest in the other at this point.
However, the NSW CBCA is hosting a 2 day conference later this month and I see from the conference blog today that there are still some registration places left if you hurry (and don’t mind paying the $50 late fee). I was involved in the administration of this conference at the beginning, as I only left the CBCA early this year so I do feel some sort of tie and thus am shamelessly plugging both the organisation and the conference here. There is a truly fabulous line up of giants in Australian children’s literature speaking and attending and I’m now kinda sorry that I’m not attending…
I blogged about my experiences working at the CBCA on my personal blog last year. For a whole range of awkward reasons I can’t currently provide a link to that, so I’ve reproduced my post below:
My rambling wander through employment that most people wouldn’t call a career has recently led me into the children’s literature field. As a parent, I would have said I didn’t know much about kids lit but I knew what I liked…. Boy have I had my eyes opened to all the things I really didn’t know about kids lit!In the field of Australian children’s literature the names do not come much bigger than this: Julie Vivas, Dee Huxley, Susanne Gervay, Kate Forsyth, Sue Whiting, Barry Jonsberg, Di Bates, Sandy Fussell, Lisa Shanahan, J.A. Mawter, Libby Gleeson; and I’ve met them all in the past year or so. For a reasonably mature, mostly-have-my-act-together 40 something, I can be pretty unprofessionally excited when I meet these people. My kids have read their stuff, heck, I’ve read their stuff. Who has not seen Julie Vivas’ illustrations in Possum Magic? Who has not heard of Libby Gleeson for heaven’s sake? Of course, most of the time my job consists of answering the phone, paying the bills, banking the cheques but every now and then something comes along that leaves me starstruck and I just love it!