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Literature at The Hughenden
Hughenden is a meeting place for children's, young adult authors & illustrators who network, launch books, have events, dine & stay at The Hughenden.
The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Sydney Children's Writers & Illustrators, The Storytellers Guild, Partners in Crime hold their events at The Hughenden.
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Australia & New Zealand, Events, information, contact available on: http://www.scbwiaustralianz.com/
Authors & Illustrators Exhibition in The Reading Room
The permanent exhibition of illustrations by much loved Australian artists is in the Reading Room. Some of the artwork is work-in-progress such as Libby Gleeson & Penny Azar's 'Women at Work' which is one of the first children's picture books advocating for working mums.
Others are original completed works from award winning illustrators such as Nina Rycroft, Sarah Davis, Shan Tan, Steven Woolman, Wayne Harris, Donna Rawlings, Frane Lessac, Wayne Harris, Cathy Wilcox & more.
In the Riviere College Wing commemorating that time when The Hughenden was a young ladies' college which fostered education for women view, original artworks as well as the autographed posters of Jackie French & Bruce Whately's iconic 'Dairy of a Wombat' & 'Josephine Loves to Dance' which was launched at The Hughenden
Autographed books are available for purchase at The Hughenden.
Award winning Author Jackie French & Illustrator Bruce Whately
Jackie French and Bruce Whately launched the gorgeous 'Josephine Wants to Dance' at The Hughenden in a party filled with pink tutus, pink cupcakes and pink balloons. Mothball, the wombat from the internationally best selling 'Diary of A Wombat' dropped by in his tutu as well.
A vibrant part of the culture of youth literature in Australia, Jackie French and Bruce Whately autographed the quirky and joyous prints of 'Diary of a Wombat' and Josephine Wants to Dance' to hang at The Hughenden and make visitors smile.
To find out more go to Jackie's website: www.jackiefrench.com
I Am Jack, Butterflies, 'That's Why I Wrote This Song'& Others
Wander past the Jules Sevelson portraits in the foyer, stop into the Reading Room and the wonderful exhibition of illustrations, climb the 1870s staircase carved in the last century and savour the portraits by Stephen James. Turn left and there are Susanne Gervay's autographed framed prints of I Am Jack, Butterflies, The Cave, Super Jack and That's Why I Wrote This Song. Read the inscriptions and discover why Butterflies is recognized internationally as Outstanding Youth Literature on Disability and the stories of the books.
I Am Jack has become a rite-of-passage book on school bullying and has been adapted into a critically acclaimed play by Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People. The original illustration by award winning political cartoonist Cathy Wilcox is in The Reading Room.
Susanne is the Chair of the Sydney Children's Writers & Illustrators' Network, on the board of the NSW Writers Centre, a patron of Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People, and has been awarded The Lady Cutler Award for Services to Children's Literature. To find out more go to Susanne's website or blog - www.sgervay.com, www.sgervay.com/blog
The Australian Storytelling Guild
The Australian Storytelling Guild celebrates story telling at bi-monthly Sunday afternoon events over Devonshire Tea at The Hughenden, Sydney's Arts Hotel. Speakers have included Stephanie Parello, a born storyteller who weaves an eclectic tapestry of stories, songs, and anecdotes, tales of dreams, transformation, and the determination of one's own destiny.Inspirational storyteller Jonathan Drew tells stories from Germany's The Brothers Grimm to works from Australia's Tim Winton; Joy Day is a story teller who relates 'stories of the heart.'
The open microphone segment welcomes storytellers to relate their stories to the audience too.Australian Storytelling Guild president Vivienne Warden enthusiastically embraces storytelling. 'Adults like to tell and listen to stories, just as much as kids do. Sunday afternoons at the Hughenden is a special story telling occasion.
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Authors Speaking at Your Event
Wonderful Australian authors and illustrators/artists can speak at your Hughenden Arts lunch, morning tea, dinner or function.
Authors and Illustrators include:-
Susanne Gervay - www.sgervay.com
Hazel Edwards - www.hazeledwards.com
Christopher Cheng - www.chrischeng.com
Kate Forsyth - www.kateforsyth.com.au
Jeni Mawter - www.jenimawter.com
Deborah Abela - www.deborahabela.com
Jenny Hale - www.jatta.com.au
Sandy Fussell - www.sandyfussel.com
Sue Whiting - www.suewhiting.com
... and others