It was wonderful, yet again, to be in touch with the passionate people associated with CBCA in the Blue Mountains.
The meeting was tinged with sadness due to the recent passing of Margaret Hamilton – a tribute from CBCA expressed here. Colleagues and friends shared some emotional and meaningful final moments with Margaret, which will echo her passion and personality when we celebrate at her ‘after party’ sometime soon.
The passions of writers, teacher-librarians, librarians and booksellers and partners in this group were obvious, as ideas and experiences were shared – recollections of the year past, and ongoing plans for the future.
Stitching some of these together was an informal chat from James Roy. He spoke about the inspiration for his writing, about his physical writing process (ask his wife how intense that ‘impression’ is) and the search for ‘real’ on which to create ‘fiction’. He also teased us with snippets about a new book soon (about time!). Many were still keen to get our hands on this one – One Thousand Hills – unfortunately, now out of print, but fingers crossed for a revival. (See a past – 2016 – review here)
Once again, the meeting was anchored by a magnificent meal, hosted by Sheryl, and prepared by Monique from the Farm – so lucky to still have Monique connected to BM CBCA events for her amazing food.
In 2023, CBCA are looking for more ways to promote and encourage children’s enthusiasm for the amazing literature we have around us – here in the Blue Mountains, and further afield in Australia; to get our kids reading both enthusiastically and voluntarily.
Can you connect to promote great books to your students? Start here.
# Margaret’s memoir, Falling Forward, is soon to be released, and will be officially launched at her ‘after party’. See details here.