Dr Belle Alderman has written a memorable celebration of Jo's contribution to children's literature. Here is just part of her tribute.
'... Jo was a champion of Australian picture books. She was instrumental in establishing the Crichton award, first presented in 1998 and thereafter annually to encourage and recognise emerging illustrators in the field of Australian picture books. She was behind the organisation of the 1992 Reading the Pictures: A Seminar on Visual Literacy, (publication by the same name), one of the first national seminars where leading Australian picture book illustrators spoke about their art. Over the last few years, Jo has organised the Zart Art Seminars where authors, illustrators and publishers spoke about the art of picture books. Jo made meticulous notes at each of these seminars. These now form a permanent record in the Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children’s Literature....'
A favourite amongst us all, few people in South Australia did not know of Max Fatchen. He began his writing career in Adelaide in his teenage years, writing for The News after 1948 and later for The Advertiser, for which he continued writing a regular column up until the week before he died.
He will be so very well remembered for his children’s stories and poems, many of which remain as treasured titles in school and public libraries – many of you will recall The River Kings, Chase Through the Night, The Spirit Wind, A Paddock of Poems, A Country Christmas and Australia at the Beach. He was the proud patron of the South Australian Branch of The Children’s Book Council of Australia. Whenever I spoke to Max he always wished to be remembered to his ‘friends in the Book Council’ and he commended us all on the fine work the CBCA was doing for children’s writers and for young readers. For many years he wrote a wonderful verse to fit the Book Week theme and his 2012 piece is a special one.
Max will be fondly remembered and his life celebrated by the CBCA.
Born 1947 - died Saturday January 29 2011, aged 63. Many obituaries have been posted, written and printed. These are just a few. The Aboriginal Art News. The WA Today. From the SA Advertiser, compiled by Judy Miller from newsbank.info. And a transcript of an interview archived on the abc website with George Negus back in 2003.
Kaye (nee Oldmeadow) Keck passed away peacefully on the evening of Tuesday Sept. 14 2010, after a brief battle with cancer. She was Director, Dromkeen, National Centre for Picture Book Art for many years. Kaye was awarded the Leila St John Award in 2003, presented by the Victorian Branch of the CBCA for distinguished services to children's literature. This is the citation.
Died May 29th 2010. Obiturary from The Australian archived here.
Died Sunday, April 4, 2010. The CMIS at WA have this vale page.
Anne Ingram, pioneering children's publisher, editor of Reading Time died on Friday the 26th of March 2010. Mark MacLeod has written another moving tribute at his blog.
1921 - 2010. Patricia Wrightson, the great children's author and recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen award (1986) has died. She was 88 years old. She was without doubt one of the greatest figures ever in Australian children's literature and with her passing ends a remarkable era. A press release from the NSW Minister for the Arts, Victoria Judge has been linked to here.
Judith Ridge blogs here. Mark MacLeod writes here. Here is a copy of Maurice Saxby's obituary published in the Sydney Morning Herald.
(1950 -2009) Daughter of Ruth Park and D'arcy Niland, an acclaimed author and illustrator in her own right. The Sydney Morning Herald's obituary.
Ivan Southall passed away on November 15 2008. According to his daughter, he had lost a short battle with cancer. He won 4 children's book council awards, and the Carnegie Medal in 1972. He is best known for his novels. Hill's End, Josh and To the Wild Sky. He was 87.
Eleanor Spence passed away on September 30th 2008. She was nearly 80, and is survived by her three children, Alister, Nigel and Lisette. Her first book, Patterson's Track was published in 1958. She went onto to write many others, covering a wide range of topics. And many of these went on to win accolades and awards, including The Green Laurel (1964) and The October Child (1977). In 2005, she was made a member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to Australian children's literature and her services to autism.
Leone Peguero from BlueCatBooks died late June 2008. Leonie was an inspiration, friend and generous mentor to many people and many writers. She helped publish many authors and illustrators with her publishing company BlueCatBooks. She will be greatly missed by many people.
Children’s author and Victorian Branch Life Member Nance Donkin AM died peacefully April 18 2008, in her 93rd year. Nance wrote prolifically during the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s right into 1990 and she is probably still best remembered for her novels “House by the Water” (1969), “Johnny Neptune” (1971) and the biography “Margaret Catchpole”.
Marcie Muir died on November 17 2007. She will be best known for her definitive works on Australian children's literature and children's book illustration, the best known of these published in 1970, Australian Children's Books: A Bibliography. Her work was recognized by the Children's Book Council with the first Nan Chauncy Award in 1984 and the Library Council of Australia with the Redmond Barry Award in 1988.
Monday 4th Sept. 2006
Neil Curtis died on Monday 11 December 2006 after a typically defiant battle with cancer. He was 56 years old. His work is loved and appreciated all over the world. His materials were unpretentious: pen and ink, paint, pencil; his style adventurous and exploratory, in turn anarchic, delicate, fierce, joyous. Neil's books include the award-winning Cat and Fish, Cat and Fish Go to See, Mr Noah and the Cats (published by Lothian) Pirates Eat Porridge (A&U) and many others. His beautiful and poignant memoir The Memory Book (A&U) was recently described by the LA Times as 'an antidote to verbosity and excessive imagery; in its simplicity it reconnects the image to the word and shows the jaded eye how powerful they can be together'.