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Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! The Short List 2018

The CBCA Short List Professional Development Conference
Rydges World Square Sydney 
Tuesday 27 March 2018  |  9.00am to 5.00pm  
NESA Accreditation 6.2.2 
Theme | Connecting Geography and Literature | Find your Treasure

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Completing Anticipate! Appreciate! Applaud! The CBCA Shortlist will contribute 5 hours and 45 minutes of NESA Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

This key one-day Professional Development Conference aims to: Enhance your knowledge of current quality literature Explore the connection between Geography and Literature - Highlight Australian books and their creators - Celebrate the 2018 announcement of the CBCA Short List.

Key Note Speaker   |  James Roy

Additional Speakers | Jackie French | Bruce Whatley
Panelists | Oliver Phommavanh | Helen Chabette | Paul Macdonald | Cathie Tasker | Joanne Potter
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James Roy | Illustrator

James Roy has been writing for young people for over twenty years, and in that time has published more than thirty-five books in Australia and overseas, with his readership spanning Stages 1 to 6. His books include numerous award-winners and he holds a Master of Creative Writing degree from the University of Sydney. James' latest book is the multi-award winning One Thousand Hills, and his website can be found at

Jackie French

Jackie French AM is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator and was the Australian Children's Laureate for 2014-2015 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a  Member of the Order of Australia for her  contribution to children's literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia's most popular children's authors, and writes across all genres - from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction. 'Share a Story' was the primary philosophy behind Jackie's two-year term as Laureate.

Bruce Whatley | Author | Illustrator



Paul Macdonald


Picture Books: Paul Macdonald Paul Macdonald has a Master of Education, working almost 20 years as a teacher of Upper Primary and Secondary. He has won numerous awards in teaching such as a Quality Teacher Award, The Premier’s English Scholarship and awards for his co-ordination of Regional Shakespearean Festivals. His interests include the development of literacy with a particular interest in Reading for Gifted Children, Boys Literacy and Books for Adolescents. Paul won the inaugural Maurice Saxby Award in 2012 for his contributions to raising the profile of teen fiction. Paul Macdonald also was the winner of the CBCA NSW Branch Inc 2016 Lady Cutler Award for services to children's literature and literacy in Australia.


Cathie Tasker


Early Childhood: Cathy Tasker Cathie Tasker has edited and commissioned nearly 800 books. She’s passionate about books, reading and online learning. She has worked with Australia’s leading trade and children’s book publishers — HarperCollinsPublishers, Scholastic Australia and Koala Books — and worked on popular and award-winning titles, many of which are still in print. Cathie sees her most important skill as teaching writing and working as a structural or developmental editor to help authors shape and develop their work. She is a member of FEN (Freelance Editors Network) and works as a teacher, mentor, manuscript assessor and speaker. Cathie has developed two very Page 2 of 3 successful writing courses for the Australian Writers Centre — Writing Picture Books and Short Story Essentials — and she also works as an online tutor for AWC (Australian Writers Centre). She loves reading across many genres and loves judging literary awards. Cathie is a regular judge and convenor for the Aurealis Awards, has completed three years judging for the CBCA, and has judged a number of other awards and short story competitions.

Oliver Phommavanh


Younger Readers: Oliver Phommavanh Oliver Phommavanh loves to make people laugh, whether it's on the page writing humour for kids, or on stage as a stand-up comedian. He also shares his passion for writing with kids, using his experience as a primary school teacher. His books include Thai-riffic!, Punchlines, The Other Christy and his latest book is Super Con-nerd, the sequel to Con-nerd.


Helen Chebatte



Older Readers: Helen Chebatte Helen Chebatte won the CBCA NSW Branch’s Aspiring Writers’ Mentorship Award and the inaugural Charlotte Waring Barton Award before publishing her debut YA novel, BRO. Helen is also an actor with credits in All Saints, Crownies and the feature films, Cedar Boys, Alex and Eve and soon to be released A Lion Returns.

Joanne Potter


Eve Pownall: Joanne Potter Joanne Potter has worked in public libraries for 31 years. Since 1992 she has been lucky enough to be appointed as a full-time Children’s & Young Adult Librarian at Ku-ring-gai Council. Deeply committed to encouraging children find to something to read, Joanne has had quite a bit of success cracking some tough cases. She is happiest when singing or reading to small children; up to her elbows in a craft activity or debating the merits of a title in a library book club. Joanne has read for the Premiers Reading challenge group for 3 years and holds a Master of Education in Children’s Literature and Literacy.


AAA 2018 Keynote and Guest speakers

Allen & Unwin Book Publishers Copyright Agency Reading Australia HarperCollins Children's Books
Magabala  Books Penguin Random House Scholastic
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