the inaugural Maurice Saxby Lecture

Dr Maurice Saxby himself

What a joy it was last night to be able to attend the inaugural Children’s Book Council of Australia, NSW Branch Maurice Saxby lecture held in the Dixson Room at the State Library of NSW. And it was a roll call of folks who have been touched by the majesty and the love of this wonderful man, including authors, illustraors, booksellers, lecturers, former students (I fit into that category too), teachers, librarians, publishers, parents and just those devoted to Maurice and his many published and presented words about the Joy of Literature.
For folks who don’t know, Maurice is one of THE people who made children’s literature what it is in Australia today.

Libby Gleeson opening the proceedings

Margaret and Libby

Prof Robyn Ewing

the assembled throng
This event was initiated by two other greats of kids lit – Libby Gleeson and Margaret Hamilton. Thanks Libby and Margaret for creating this.
After the refreshments and initial welcomes we were treated to a pocket history of Maurice by the man himself and then Sydney University’s Professor Robyn Ewing (another former pupil) delivered the address Imagination Creativity and Chldren’s Literature, filled with Maurice references … as if he was delivering it himself …. about the Joys of using literature, real books, of reading to children, of the synergy between reading and creativity and imagination … and so much more. 121 people filled the room including Urusla Dubosarsky, Margaret Wild, Donna Rawlins, Simon French, Wendy Blaxland, Susanne Gervay, Margaret Roc, Judith Ridge, Margrete Lamond, Stephen Wilson, Pat Adams, … the list of folks goes on and on. 
What a wonderful celebration.   

with Pat Adams and Margaret Wild

Many titles have been lauded on Maurice (we often call him Uncle) but for us, that must include our dear and loved friend. Well done Dr Maurcie Saxby.

2 Responses to the inaugural Maurice Saxby Lecture

  1. Great event and wonderful to see so many in the writing community celebrating Maurice

    Susanne Gervay May 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm Reply
  2. Thankyou Maurice. I remember how encouraging you were with the review of my first novel ‘General Store’. And you have encouraged many others too.

    hazel May 13, 2012 at 10:58 am Reply

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