Are you interested in writing or illustrating books for children? Here’s a chance to meet two expert practitioners and ask them anything you’d like to know about the process of writing, illustrating or publishing a children’s book. This will be a relaxed forum, rather than a workshop – with coffee and cake on hand.
Craig Smith is one of Australia’s most prolific children’s book illustrators, with over 400 books published. He has collaborated with many of Australia’s most experienced writers and editors, including Doug MacLeod, Paul Jennings, Libby Gleeson, Duncan Ball, Emily Rodda, Gary Crew, Sally Morgan and Gillian Rubinstein. Craig’s work over the last forty-two years has been acknowledged in the CBCA Book of the Year awards, as well as in children’s choice awards around Australia. In 2011, Craig was awarded the biennial Euphemia Tanner Award, which recognised his distinguished services to children’s literature and his encouragement of the joy of reading in children. www.craigsmithillustration.com
Erica Wagner has worked with books for most of her life, as a bookseller, editor and publisher and has worked with many of Australia’s finest writers and illustrators. She is currently Executive Publisher, Books for Children and Young Adults at Allen & Unwin, working on a select list of picture books, non-fiction, children’s and YA fiction. Erica started her career as a trainee editor at Penguin Australia in 1988, becoming Associate Publisher in 1996. In 1998 she started a new children’s list, Silverfish, for Duffy & Snellgrove, and in 1999 was awarded the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. She now works two days a week at Allen & Unwin and is a co-director of the micro publishing house, Twelve Panels Press. In 2017 she was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for services to children’s literature. www.ericawagner.com.au
Date: Saturday, April 13, 11am-12noon
Venue: Timor Room, 2nd Floor, Harbour View Plaza, 8 McMinn Street, Darwin
Cost: $5 NTWC members/$20 non-members