Australia announces candidates for HCA Awards

IBBY Australia Inc  is proud to announce the nomination of two outstanding candidates for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Awards.    Bob Graham and Christobel Mattingley are the Australian candidates.

Bob Graham is one of Australia’s most revered and best loved artists for children, and his disarmingly insightful and engaging work has also garnered an international reputation.

Christobel Mattingley has, in her long career as a writer, always shown a passionate commitment to subtly articulating and provoking debate via the prism of artfully constructed language.

The Hans Christian Andersen Awards are presented each two years to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature. This Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children’s books.   The National Sections of IBBY nominate candidates and a distinguished international jury of children’s literature specialists selects the winners.

See the Press Release for more information.

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Dr Maurice Saxby, AM – Lifetime IBBY Australia Member

Birthdays are often packed with nice surprises, and the NSW April 2nd birthday fling was no exception. Former IBBY president Dr John Foster had flown to Sydney for the International Children’s Book Day afternoon to announce with his usual flair and verve that an honorary lifetime IBBY Australia membership was to be bestowed upon one particular conference participant.  That participant, John revealed, had contributed so substantially to illuminating and promoting Australian children’s literature over the years, particularly through his role on the international IBBY awards jury, that it seemed imperative that he be recognised in this way. And so it was to a thunder of applause that Dr Maurice Saxby stepped forward.   Following a short acceptance speech dappled with delightful memories, Dr Saxby was asked to wield a knife right into the official birthday cake.