Gippsland sub Branch

Susan O'Malley

is Gippsland's Regional Director

I am a recently retired Teacher-Librarian with more years of experience than I care to count. I’ve always read compulsively and with complete absorption. My total adoration of children’s literature grew out of many hours reading aloud to our four children (all well and truly grown up now but still prepared to listen to me rave about my latest favourite book) and then honed most recently in a regional independent school where I supported the reading of children aged from 3 to 16. My response to those who have thought that upon retirement I wouldn’t have to read children’s books any more has been a loud and unmistakeable denial. I am super excited that being a part of CBCA Victoria will allow me to continue my obsession with writing for children of all ages.

I find it impossible to choose a personal ‘notable’ book either from now or the past so instead I will mention my current read. ‘Saving Romeo’ by Kathryn Barker is the most incredible mash-up of Romeo and Juliet, Wuthering Heights, time travel and science fiction. It sounds crazy but it totally works and I’m loving it!


Gippsland Sub-Branch - CBCA Judges Talk 

June 7 from 4:30pm via zoom

Guest Speakers

Alida Galati, CBCA Judge - Eve Pownall Award

Sarah Mayor Cox, CBCA Judge - Picture Books & New Illustrator Award

Local Members, presenting some of the books in the Older Reader & Younger Reader categories

To book a place