Tuesday, 26th February, 2019

Melbourne Polytechnic, Prahran

Three Guest Speakers

Fiona Wood is the author of young adult novels, Six Impossible Things, Wildlife and Cloudwish, and co-author of Take Three Girls with Cath Crowely and Simmone Howell. Before writing YA fiction, Fiona worked as a television scriptwriter for twelve years, writing everything from soap, and one-hour adult drama, to children’s drama. Prior to this she dropped out of law and completed an arts degree, both at Melbourne University, worked in marketing and in arts management, did some freelance journalism, and studied screenwriting at RMIT. She has served as a judge for the AWGIE Awards (Australian Writers’ Guild) and is an ambassador for The Stella Prize Schools Program and the Ardoch Youth Foundation. She has two YA children, and lives in Melbourne with her husband.

Alex Rance is an AFL footballer with the Richmond Tigers. He was a key player in Richmond's drought-breaking 2017 AFL Premiership win. Off-field, Rance looks to inspire the next generation to realise their dreams. His first book, Tiger's Roar, illustrated by Shane McG, was a bestselling picture book in 2018. His second picture book, Rabbit's Hop will be published in June 2019.

Jo Stanley is a broadcaster, best known for her years as a Number 1 breakfast radio host in Melbourne. She appears regularly on TV, currently as guest on The Project on Channel 10 and co-host of House of Wellness on Channel 7. She is the creator of the Play Like A Girl book series, about an Under 11 Girls’ footy team. There are currently 5 books in the series, with a 6th set for release in 2019. Jo is passionate about mindfulness and meditation and their impact on mental health, and is a fierce advocate for gender equality, especially disadvantaged women and children. She loves her husband Daz and daughter Willow, exercise, fashion and the Collingwood Football Club, but don’t hold that against her.

This event is the ‘start’ of the CBCA Book of Year Awards. It celebrates the announcement of the Notable Books for 2019.

To quote a previous guest speaker, the amazing Shaun Tan:

The Notable Books listing "... a wonderful critical opportunity for all Australian creators of books for young people, a chance to be noticed, and noticed for the right reasons. It’s proof that you don’t need a publicity juggernaut to get attention, you don’t need popularity or profile, you just need good writing, illustration and design.”

CBCA Vic returns to The David Williamson Theatre, Melbourne Polytechnic, Prahran on Tuesday, 26th February, 2019.

Come along from 6:00pm to enjoy a drink, a chance to network and delight in shared conversations prior to the main event.

Members $10.00   Non Members  $25.00

The evening will conclude with our Victorian CBCA BOTY Judges briefly addressing the audience about themselves and their role.

No wonder the Night of the Notables is one of our most popular events!

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