... and the winners are ...
Congratulations to all the winners! The YABBA Awards are children's choice book awards for Victoria. Other states have their own versions - WAYBRA, KOALA (go on, work out what the acronym spells) and more.
Local and interstate authors are invited to attend, and share the fun of meeting students from a wide variety of schools. This year, we gathered at Haileybury in Brighton. Students offered a dramatisation from Andy Griffiths' Just Macbeth and an interactive song and body percussion performance. I can confirm that the students were much more skilled at the percussion than the assembled authors and illustrators seemed to be.
This year, there was an added poignancy to the event, the first since the death of President and all around larger-than-life character, Graham Davey.
And after the formalities of the Awards, and morning tea, authors and illustrators sat around the auditorium while students gathered signatures and chatted.