CBCA Conference in Canberra

Elaine Forrestal, with Hilary and Colleen, in the lobby of the Rex Hotel, Canberra.

Canberra put on a smiley face for the biennial conference of the Children’s Book Council of Australia over the weekend. Mostly sunny, cold mornings, but after the welcome function at the magnificent National Library on Friday evening, where most people reconnected with friends and colleagues, nobody really cared what the weather was like. We were cloistered inside the Rex Hotel where the atmosphere was always warm and friendly, the conversation stimulating, and the sessions enlightening.

Having just launched To See the World here in Perth, it was wonderful for me to return to Canberra. I met my editor, Irma Gold, in person for the first time, and celebrated a job well done with my publisher, Susan Hall, who couldn’t be at the official launch, but has always been wonderfully supportive and enthusiastic about the book.

Many thanks to all the people who work away behind the scenes to make events like this happen. Now it’s back to work, but with spirits lifted and confidence renewed, knowing that there are so many people out there who share my belief in the power of books.

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