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For almost 30 years Books Illustrated has promoted Australian picture books and their creators nationally and internationally through activities and events including selling books, illustration and limited edition prints, curating exhibitions & displays, presenting at conferences, festivals, educational workshops and mentoring programs.

Many of these activities are in partnership with other industry organisations such as CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia), ACLA (Australian Children’s Literature Alliance – and the Laureate), APA (Australian Publishers Association), CA (Copyright Agency), ASA (Australian Society of Authors), NCACL (National Centre for Australia Children’s Literature), Dromkeen, Clunes Booktown, The Literature Centre WA, IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators),

State and Regional galleries and with many enthusiastic individuals!

International exhibitions in South Korea, China, Taiwan and Italy have been supported by organisations including the Copyright Agency, the Australia Korea Foundation, NAMI, the Choicemaker, the Australia Council, Australian Embassies and Austrade.

This section is an eclectic reflection of some of these events…

Recent Events

Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Hello! from Australia, Bologna Book Fair 2017

Hello! from Australia, Bologna Book Fair 2017

The Combined Australian Stand was hosted by Allen & Unwin & Books Illustrated. This year four independent publishers joined the stand: UpLoad Publishing, (Educate2Empower), MidnightSun Publishing, Berbay Publishing and Melbournestyle Books.

The Hello! from Australia exhibition featured 90 books from 27 publishers, with giclee prints by 20 illustrators. Four illustrations were printed on metre-wide canvases. These were by artists: Lisa Kennedy from A Welcome to Country, Walker Books; Bruce Whatley from Ruben, Scholastic Press; Leigh Hobbs, Mr Chicken Arriva A Roma; and Joshua Button, Steve Goes to Carnivale, Magabala Books.

Author illustrator, Anne Ryan works at The Creators Table. Jayneen and Mark Sanders (Educate 2 Empower), and Anna Soulding (MinightSun) working in the background.

Allen and Unwin’s area was positioned on the left wing of the stand.

Educate2Empower (Upload), Midnight Sun Publishing, Berbay Publishing and MelbourneStyle Books shared the right wing of the stand.

Berbay rights meeting.

The Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, participated in the 3rd Bologna International Laureate Summit.

Leigh Hobbs’ Laureate table was positioned between Allen & Unwin (his publisher) and the Hello! from Australia exhibition

Publisher Anna Solding, MidnightSun, with Leigh Hobbs.

Leigh took part in The 3rd International Laureate Summit with other Laureates from the UK, the Netherlands, Sweden, Mexico and Ireland.

The Australian Stand was hosted by Lee Burgemeestre (Books Illustrated) and Jodie Webster (Allen & Unwin) Mike Shuttleworth is the Australian Laureate Project Manager, who also attended all Laureate events.

Eleven other Australian authors and illustrators took turns to work at the Creators Table: Maree Coote, Andrew Joyner, Marc Martin, Janeen Sanders, Anna Pignataro, Anne Ryan, Ann James, Lee Burgemeestre,  Rosie Smith, Bruce Whatley and Caroline Magerl.

Lee Burgemeestre.

Caroline Magerl.

Marc Martin.

Anna Pignataro - with one of her Australian publishers, Cristina Pase, Windy Hollow Books.

Andrew Joyner chats with Maree Coote.

Bruce Whatley and Rosie Smith.

Ann James.

Jayneen Sanders.

The Australian Party was enjoyed by a happy mob of Australian and international guests.

Angela Namoi, Rights manager, Allen & Unwind, with  enthusiastic guests. Angela has been key to the reinstating of the Australian Stand and for attaining the funding to continue till 2020!

Leigh Hobbs launches Bruce Whatley’s new book, Ruben. Andrew Berkhut, smiling broadly, is the General Manager of Scholastic Australia, who published the book and hosted the launch!

Stewart McBride, Acting First Secretary, Australian Embassy Rome, addressed the crowd and announced that the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts will fund an Australian Collective Stand at Bologna for four years - 2017 to 2020!

Stewart also celebrated the fabulous success of two of the independent  publishers on the Australian Stand this year who each won major Bologna Book Fair awards: Maree Coote, author, illustrator, designer and director of Melbournestyle Books, won the 2017 Bologna Regazzi Award for Non-fiction with her book, Spellbound Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke, director of Berbay Publishing, won 2017 Publisher of the Year, Oceania Region.

Maree, Stewart and Alexandra.

Spellbound - in the centre!!

Anne Ryan, Ann Haddon & Lee Burgemeestre admiring Maree’s book in the Regazzi Award display.

Anne Ryan posts her art on the Illustrators Wall alongside thousands of talented artists from around the world.

Lee Burgemeestre meets Insub Lim, Director of The Choicemaker, for whom she has designed hundreds of beautiful Korean books for the English language market.

Leigh Hobbs with Fred Minn. Fred is Associate manager of NAMI Island. NAMI sponsors the Hans Christian Andersen Award, administered by IBBY, announced each year at Bologna Book Fair.

Fred Minn is also director of the NAMI Illustration Concours, South Korea. A major international illustration exhibition. Three Aussie illustrators have had work selected for the NAMI Concours: Ann James in the inaugural Concours, 2013, Marc Martin the second, 2015,  and Maree Coote in the third, 2017. All three of us on the Australian Stand this year!

Our grateful thank you to:

  • The Hello! from Australia Exhibition was assisted with funding from The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
  • The Combined Stand was assisted with funding from Australian Government Department for Communiations and the Arts, with support from the Children’s Publishers Committee, Australian Publishers Association.
  • The Australian Children’s Laureate was assisted to attend the Bologna International Laureate’s Summit with funding from: The Australia Council for the Arts; the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund; the Children’s Publishers Committee, APA; Association of Independent Schools Western Australia.
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    Indigenous Literacy Foundation

    Hello! from Australia, Bologna Book Fair 2017

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