A sign of the (economic) times for CBCA

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Storey Bridge, Brisbane Uploaded to flickr by Cyron

 The celebration has been cancelled. I was very sorry to read an announcement, on the CBCA website, that they are cancelling the 2010 CBCA Conference, that was to be held in Brisbane – the theme being  Across the Story Bridge.

It is with the deepest regret that we announce that the CBCA conference in 2010 will no longer be held.

Following advice re the current economic climate, we are taking action now to avoid the risk of a great financial burden to the CBCA.

The 2010 conference has been the most exciting project many of us have had the pleasure of being involved with. We sincerely thank the conference committee for three years of hard work. This has been a very difficult and painful decision, however we feel that in such extraordinary times, we have no alternative

This is such a great shame. The CBCA National Conference , held biennially, highlighting national and international authors and speakers on reading and literacy are always much-anticipated events for authors, illustrators and other such participants. This is also especially disappointing for many of the teacher librarians I know. I can understand the reason for the decision to cancel. It must have been an extremely painful one for everyone involved, many of whom had already expended many hours of their personal time on the planning.

The conferences, I have been lucky enough to attend, were wonderful occasions. I gained a lot of information about many aspects of children’s literature not only from the presenters but also from those other participants who, like I, came to hear from the featured speakers. All had a wealth of knowledge, that they shared, about children’s (or YA) literature. I also enjoyed the national nature of the conference, enabling the face-to-face exchange of ideas/stories/examples etc. that we do not often have the chance to experience. There was such an feeling of exhuberance about the children’s (YA) literature field. Those of us who work on promoting reading to young people are always ready to share ideas, take on-board new approaches and learn about new titles and authors. I have taken part in on-line conferences but there is something else about the energy and excitement of the CBCA National Biennial Conference, that an on-line conference cannot capture.

I hope that this is a one-off decision and, when economic times are better, look forward to another major celebration of children’s literature. I know that Book Week will continue to be celebrated and the CBCA will continue to Engage and communicate with Australian children’s literature communities through the website, the national and branch-based activities and the review journal Reading Time.

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