Saturday, 8 September 2018


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The Newcastle Sub-branch of The Children’s Book Council of Australia NSW Branch Inc (CBCA), in association with Newcastle Region Library and the Children’s University are hosting a special children’s event on 8 September.

This event will celebrate books and the incredible talent of our local authors and illustrators. Stories After Dark, based on this year’s Book Week theme of Find your Treasure, will enable children aged 3 to 10 years to view the library as it has never been seen before – in the dark! This free event is proudly supported by Newcastle and Charlestown Toyota and will feature Liz Anelli (Ten Pound Pom and One Photo) as the guest speaker. Liz is an award winning local illustrator, shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2017 and 2018. Liz will be joined by local authors and illustrators including Jess Black (Keeper of the Crystals), Lynn Jenkins (Lessons of a Lac), Gwynneth Jones (Don’t Think About Purple Elephants), Deb Kelly (Ruby Wishfingers), Kirrili Lonergan (Ollie’s Treasure), Katrina McKelvey (Dandelions), Paul Russell (Grandma Forgets) and Ant Wood (Flaming Charli). *** Children and their parents will be entertained by the authors and illustrators, participate in craft and activities, collect autographs and finally settle in for a special snuggle down storytime.

There will be craft, art, food, prizes and lots of books. MacLean’s Booksellers are providing a pop-up store so that books can be purchased for signing. The children are encouraged to dress in pyjamas or as pirates and bring their own cushions and blankets. The lights in the library will be low, lit by fairy lights so children can explore the space in the ‘dark’. Each child will leave with a ‘treasure’. “Newcastle is blessed to have a huge pool of literary talent – especially for children,” said CBCA NSW Branch Inc. Newcastle Sub-branch President, Jodie Carlson. “They are all so giving of their time and love to meet the children that read their books. We are looking forward to having a lot of fun with this event.”

Tickets are free but bookings are essential through Eventbrite. More information can be found on the Newcastle Library website

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