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.
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]