The Elephant, Chicken, Little Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming – what’s going on??

The Elephant, Chicken, Little Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming – what’s going on??

Rock and Rolling at SCBWI Christmas Party at The Hughenden

The best ever party with writers and illustrators behaving badly joined by a few librarians and publishers – yes they’re drawn into it too – fractured fairy-tales and rumptous carols –  fractured, split and we’re all rolling around laughing.

Louise Park and Eleanor Asby at Xmas SCBI The HughendenSCBWI Christmas party - Tony Flower, belinda Landsberry. Wendy BlaxlandThe illustrator duet with the multi talented Liz Anelli and Tony Flowers was hilarious and I OBJECT – I don’t have such a long ….. ggggg nose, except when I’m fibbing like Pinnochio.

Liz Anelli and Tony Flowers illustrator duet at XMAS SCBWI at HughendenLouise Park can really dance but Wendy Blaxland can too.

So great to see Sandy Fussell talented writer of the best selling Walker Books Samurai series. And Di Bates author and editor of BUZZ WORDS – both Liz Anelli illustrator at SCBWI party at The Hughendendrove up from Wollongong.

Deborah Abela, Marjorie Crosby Fairall and Sarah Davis at SCBWI Xmas party at The HughendenThe Newcastle gang arrived and Kerri lane aka Chicken head lead the carols.

Little Red Riding Hood, best selling author Deborah Abela skipped around with her red cape while Prince Charming, award winning illustrator Marjorie Crosby-Fairall – SCBWI Assistant Regional Advisors dressed up to play.

Fantastic Newcastle came all the way down the coast – and loved seeing Sarah Foster former head honcho of Walker Books

Sandy Fussell and Louise Park at SCBWI Xmas at HughendenSCBWI Xmas party at The hughendenSo many of Australia’s authors and illustrators hugging and celebrating as 2014 comes to a close.


I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.

1 Comment

  1. Susan Whelan 3 years ago

    Such a fun afternoon. Thanks for your warm welcome, Susanne. It was definitely worth the trip down the coast. It was lovely to meet everyone and I’m looking forward to getting to more SCBWI events soon – we’ll have to organise something in Newcastle soon too, so that you can come to visit us!

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