To finish off the Day of interesting speakers at the Sydney SCBWI Conference Susanne Gervay sprung into action providing heaps of laughter with an illustrator duel and charity auction for Room to Read between Sarah Davis and James Foley.  It was hilarious fun.  Where on earth does Susanne get her energy from?

Here are some pictures of the two and the lovely work they did.  Children’s Picture Book Writers are so generous!








Some more lovely photos… and Essie White’s Keynote Speech and Rachel Noble.




The last day of the conference was full of Master Classes and Critique sessions.  Vivian, Marie Marshall and I were in Essie White’s The Marriage of Text and Art Master Class.




Some more fun photos to finish off the last day of the conference with friends such as Dhana Fox and wandering the Botanical Gardens and walking the streets back to the hotel.








Up early next morning  Marie, Vivian and I headed with our bags for the airport.  Marie back to the US and Vivian and I for Auckland New Zealand.

Tune in for the next post of first days in the sunny city of sails Auckland, NZ.








About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.
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  1. tinamcho says:

    Looks fun. I wish your photos were bigger though.

  2. I am enjoying your sharing the conference. It sounded like an excellent time for all. Have fun with Vivian.

  3. Great job Diane, chronicling our adventures. Hope you both have oodles and gobs of fun!

  4. Loving the fact that I have a personal event planner, photographer, and PR person…all rolled up in the person of my dear kidlit critique buddy, Diane! Thanks so much, my friend…I love your posts that keep folks informed about Where in the World are Vivian, Pippa, Sarah, and those tobogganing Otters.

  5. The three of you must have had a blast!!

  6. Monica Delyani says:

    Glad Aunt Viv is having so much fun!

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