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Members of The School Magazine staff were fortunate enough to be a part of the outstanding twelfth National Conference of the Children's Book Council of Australia, which took place in Sydney, 20-21 May.

CBCA conference TSM 100 cake

A wide range of dynamic presentations, including talks by Libby Gleeson, Jeannie Baker, Margrete Lamond and many others, kept the audience stimulated and engaged throughout the two days. Publishers put on an impressive trade display, and a number of authors and illustrators were available for signing, with queues of substantial lengths snaking their way around the Menzies Hotel. The CBCA shortlist announcement was a highlight for many participants, while others just revelled in being part of this book fest.

Alan cutting cake

Through the kindness and generosity of the CBCA, The School Magazine hosted a grand 100th birthday afternoon tea at the conference, complete with a centenary cake and balloons. As hundreds gathered round, editor Alan Edwards spoke briefly about the magazine and its proud, impressive history, about the centenary anthology to be launched in August and about other plans afoot during this landmark year. As delegates joined in singing ‘Happy Birthday', all those present who had had some affiliation with The School Magazine (including Laura Harris, Janeen Brian, Anne Bell, Sally Murphy, Claire Saxby and numerous others) were asked to come to the front.

In the midst of what was already a wonderful conference, it was a pleasing privilege for The School Magazine to have this special time to celebrate such a significant milestone.

SM gathering at CBCA conference