Dinner with Her Excellency, the NSW Governor

What a wonderful time it was last night attending the Children’s Book Council of Australia (NSW Branch) annual NSW Judge’s Dinner where we heard from our previous judge and our newest judge on some of the craziness that goes on with the judging of the annual awards. And it was an exceptional thrill to meet our patron Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW. What a wonderful and inspiring speaker and her reflections on her early books she read made many in the audience go wow! I never dreamt that we would be chit chatting away like this:

Maurice Saxby, Me, the Governor.

I snuck this photo in – Maurice (who really is the guru of aussie kids lit) was my professor at teachers college and he is the one who really hooked me onto children’s literature – yes he is a big reason why I do what I do! So what a delight having this photo.
It was great to gather wth other NSW kids lit personages – Sue Whiting, Mary Small, JC Burke, Susanne Gervay, Margaret Roc, Jill Bruce, Margaret and Max Hamilton, the NSW committee folk and a host of wonderful teacher librarians.
Of course we chatted lots and ate way too much – and why … to celebrate Australian Children’s Books!


the waiting throng



feasting of course!

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