TSM joins IBBY Aust celebration

Ursula and RobynWhile 2016 marks a century of publication for The School Magazine, several other key anniversaries are popping up this year as well: The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, celebrates its two hundredth birthday; Taronga Zoo has a one hundredth anniversary; and The International Board on Books for Young People in Australia is turning fifty. 

Bronwyn Bancroft

IBBY Australia is a non-profit organisation which helps to build bridges to international understanding through children's books.  IBBY Australia also undertakes to nominate an Australian writer and an Australian illustrator for the prestigious international Hans Christian Andersen Awards. In 2016 those two nominees, writer Ursula Dubosarsky (right) and artist Bronwyn Bancroft (left), are both part of The School Magazine family.

Patricia Wrightson Hans Christian Andersen MedalSo it was particularly fitting that on International Children's Book Day (2 April), members of The School Magazine team joined in ‘Once Upon a Time: A Celebration of 50 Years of IBBY Australia' at Santa Maria del Monte School in Strathfield for a day of invigorating presentations, including a fascinating talk by Mark MacLeod; an informative presentation for teachers by Owen Belling; and riveting and inspiring comments from both Ursula (in conversation with Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright and Bronwyn (in conversation with Libby Gleeson AM).

As a School Magazine display highlighted the contributions of Bronwyn and Ursula, staff members chatted with the keen members of the children's literature community about The School Magazine and the talented contributors that have helped make it what it is today. Former School Magazine editor Patricia Wrightson was the only Australian ever to win the Hans Christian Andersen Award for writing (in 1988), so there were indeed many overlaps between TSM and IBBY on this excellent day of celebration.

Bronwyn Bancroft and Libby Gleeson