Changing of the Guard

It has been a very busy start to the year! One of the highlights so far was the first Children’s Book Council of Australia(CBCA), Northern Suburbs NSW branch meeting of the year.

It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces again and meet a couple of new members. It was slightly emotional as we sung a farewell tribute to the powerful duo President Wendy Fitzgerald and Secretary Kirsty O’Rourke, who will stay on the committee but step down from these roles. They have both been the most welcoming, encouraging and inspiring leaders and I can’t thank them enough for helping me establish myself in the world of children’s books.


It was also fabulous to hear from our new leaders, Chairman Marian McGuinness and Treasurer Louise Park who will both do an amazing job I am sure.

At the meeting we were also lucky enough to hear from Lady Cutler Award winner, Paul MacDonald who talked us through ‘what’s hot’ on the book trail at the moment. His insight as always was invaluable.

I sense it is going to be a wonderful year for many of the CBCA authors with so many new releases lined up, and I can’t wait to share their journey.

For more details on the CBCA visit their website


Published by Shelly Unwin

Children's Author. Born in the UK in 1977 I grew up and was educated in the small country side town of Ashbourne in the Midlands, my childhood was spent surrounded by animals and children. I was one of three children but my wonderful parents also fostered 11 little children whilst I was young. Riding horses and reading books were my main two loves. Upon leaving high school I studied teaching and biology at university in Birmingham and left with a first class honors degree. My teaching degree re-ignited my passion for beautifully written and illustrated children’s literature. I moved to Australia in 2002 where I forged a career in sales. In 2006 I married my Australian husband in 2006 and we now have two young children. Given my teaching background I had always wanted to write children’s stories that truly engage the reader, and reading to my children has again brought children’s literature to the forefront of my life. Most of my stories are aimed at children between 0-6 yrs, but they will also appeal to the reader through their beautiful rhythm and ability to take your imagination on a wonderful journey.

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