Local Authors Recognised by CBCA Book of the Year Awards




Australian books, authors and illustrators are celebrated in schools and libraries across the country for Children’s Book Week (August 20–26). This year there is additional cause for celebration in Gippsland.  

Three local children’s book authors, all teachers from the Professional Writing and Editing course at GippsTAFE, have been recognised in the annual Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards. These awards are highly regarded both in Australia and overseas and continue to invite and inspire new writing.  

Catherine Bateson’s Mimi and the Blue Slave was named a Notable Book in the Younger Readers’ category; Scot Gardner’s Happy as Larry was named a Notable Book in the Older Readers’ category; and Nicolas Brasch’s The Science Behind: Theme Parks, Playgrounds and Toys has been shortlisted for the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.

 Mary Walker, team leader of Art and Community Programs at GippsTAFE , said, “These awards are the premier awards for children’s writers in Australia, and the fact that three of our teachers have been so well recognised is testament to the calibre of our Professional Writing and Editing staff.” 

“We have a number of very talented students from across Victoria and interstate who study with us online. We have students interested in producing children’s stories, fiction and non-fiction writing, and others looking to pursue careers in journalism, corporate communications and editing.  

“We hope that in the future it will be our students who are being recognised at these and other writing awards.”  

For more information on Children’s Book Week or the CBCA Book of the Year Awards please visit cbca.org.au. To learn more about studying Professional Writing at GippsTAFE please phone 5127 0277.