Meg McKinlay, Jen Banyard, Frane Lessac, Elaine Forrestal at the IBBY Quiz Night, 2015

The SCBWI presence at the annual IBBY Quiz Night is growing each year. From one table of eight SCBWI members in 2014 to three tables this year! And no wonder. The book quiz, with Glen Swift as MC, is always lively and entertaining. It is a chance to catch up with friends, network with colleagues and even learn a few things we didn’t know about books, movies, writers, illustrators and how to call an answer across a large table without giving it away to the table next door. In the heat of the moment this is a very difficult thing to achieve.  Incidentally the quiz night is a fund raiser for the International Board on Books for Young people. The acronym is almost as obscure and difficult to comprehend as SCBWI itself, although it does roll off the tongue a lot more easily.

IBBY plays an important part in promoting Australian children’s books overseas. Especially at the International Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, each year. If you’ve never been to the Bologna Book Fair, think about factoring it in to your next overseas trip. Even if you can’t stay for all four days of the Fair, just visiting is a unique experience. Thousand of book lovers, promoters, sellers and creators from all over the world gathered in one place is mind-boggling.  But then so is the IBBY Quiz Night.

I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until next year now. But I’ll try to remind you ahead of time.

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