Wednesday 18 September 2013

Hallowed Ground Panel Confirmed

Hallowed Ground is almost upon us and we can now share with you our panelists on the Future of the Storybook.

Don't forget to register HERE to join us next Monday night, 6pm at Customs House Library!!!


Chris Cheng is the award winning author of more than 40 children’s books in print and digital formats including the picture books One child, andSounds Spooky, the historical fiction titles New Gold Mountain and the Melting Pot and the non fiction titles 30 Amazing Australian Animals and Australia’s Greatest Inventions and Innovations. In addition to his books, Christopher writes articles for online ezines and blogs and he wrote the libretto for a children’s musical. He is co-chair of the International Advisory Board for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), an International Advisory Board Member for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) and a recipient of the Lady Cutler Award for Children’s Literature. He is also the director of the digital publishing company Sparklight. He presents in schools, conferences and festivals around the world and he established the international peer voted SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards.

Heather Curdie is a Senior Editor for Penguin Books and is part of a small Sydney contingent of the Penguin Young Readers, a division of Penguin Australia. She works on a wide range of children's books that includes picture books, middle fiction and young adult. While at Penguin, she has been fortunate to be editor to Oliver Phommavanh, Tohby Riddle, Aaron Blabey, Jane Godwin, Anna Walker, Andrew Joyner, Judy Horacek, Nicole Pluss, Michael Wagner, Ursula Dubosarsky, Robert Newton, and Morris Gleitzman. Heather love her family, music, swimming, chocolate (hence the swimming), and is a sucker for a good waterfall or spectacular sunset.

Alex McDonald is the Studio Manager of We are Wheelbarrow, a digital interactive studio that develops children's books into creative, innovative and entertaining apps. We are Wheelbarrow was founded in 2011 by Tim Kendly, Nick Bland, Adrian Shapiro, and Matt Tanner. Wheelbarrow works to translate pages to screens, providing a digital platform coupled with art direction and design, as well as cutting edge design. Wheelbarrow's latest project, to be released on the 8th October is a digital app of Shaun Tans' brand new book 'Rules of Summer'. Alex is also a Production Assistant and project Manager at the company. She is also Studio Manager of Wheelbarrow's sister companies XYZ Studios and Crayon.

Judith Ridge is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts on writing for children and young adults. Judith has worked as an editor, teacher, writer and critic. Her experience as an editor encompasses more than six years at the NSW School Magazine, in-house at ABC Children’s Books and as a freelancer for Random House, Penguin, Walker Books Australia and O’Brien Publishers Ireland. She has taught children’s literature at Macquarie University and established the Writing for Children and Young Adults course in the MA of Creative Writing program at the University of Sydney. For the past 8 years she has taught a short course in writing children’s books at the Australian Writers’ Centre. Judith is an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney. Judith has written about children’s and youth literature for journals such as Viewpoint and Magpies, Australian Book Review,Publishers Weekly (US), AustralianBookseller and Publisher, The Horn Book(US) and The Melbourne Age. She has spoken at numerous conferences, festivals and seminars in around the world. 
Currently, she acts as a consultant to the Sydney Writers’ Festival on their children’s and youth program, including coordinating the Festival’s School Days programs for the 2013 and 2014 Festivals. Judith has been a judge four times on the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, is a Churchill Fellow and has an MA in children’s literature. Since 2007, she has been Project Officer on WestWords: the Western Sydney Young People’s Literature Project.

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Thursday Night TweetUp

Looking for something other than late night shopping to do this Thursday (19th September) night?

Come on down to The Barber Shop for a Tweetup with Jason Griffey, the creator of LibraryBox!  

Jason will be bringing LibraryBox along for everyone to check out! 

So come on down to 89 York St for a few cocktails and tech talk with Jason!

When: 6pm, Thursday 19 September 2013
Where: The Barber Shop

Thursday 12 September 2013

Wanted: your election material!


So the 2013 Federal Election is over and now you're left with a pile of useless election campaign material. What to do with it all??

Instead of tossing it all into the recycling or rubbish bin, why not send it to a new and loving home!!

The National Library of Australia is attempting to collect an original copy of ever piece of campaign material produced to add to the national collection. Every three years the National Library attempts to collect all political ephemera produced during the election to record for future generations, the political landscape of our time. This year to make it even easier for you to send the Library any material you have, the National Library has established a reply-paid address. 

Federal Election Campaign Ephemera
Australian Collection Development
National Library of Australia
Reply Paid E202 (Box 6153)
Kingston ACT 2604

The National Library is looking for:
  • Any published leaflets, letters, ‘how to vote’ cards, posters, pamphlets, badges, stickers, hats, cardboard cutouts, DVDs and any other political material. The more unusual the item the better.
  • Material from marginal electorates, from communities with specific local issues as well as from regional and remote Australia.
  • Any material that arrives through your mailbox or is handed to you in person from candidates/parties, political lobby groups and especially from unofficial sources with a political agenda.
  • The Library’s PANDORA service also archives election-based websites – those hosted by registered parties, lobby groups and also politically focused blogs. Please send any suggested sites for archiving to the Web Archiving team.

So rather than adding to the plies of recycling and rubbish why don't you contribute to preserving our history! 

Monday 2 September 2013

Hallowed Ground: The Future of the Story Book

ALIA Sydney is proud to be partnering with the City of Sydney Library to bring Hallowed Ground back in 2013 to discuss the future of the storybook. 

Join our panelists as they discuss how the humble storybook is evolving and how this is affecting the way children interact with literature.

Stay tuned to find out who our panelists are...

Date: 23 September 2013
Time: 6pm - 7pm
Cost: FREE

Reserve your seat NOW!