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Past Events


The IMAGINE IF ... exhibition was held from Monday 10 July through Wednesday 30 August. On display were original artworks from many of Australia’s most esteemed picture book illustrations. Also  the creative process was revealed, with displays of have preliminary artwork and manuscripts. Sessions for children and professional development for teachers, librarians and budding writers and illustrators were held.

On exhibition were forty original artworks from the never-seen-before CBCA Children's Book Week collection as well as jewels from our Centre. The creators on display were Kerry Argent, Graeme Base, Freya Blackwood, Ron Brooks, Neil Curtis, Kylie Dunstan, Vivienne Goodman, Peter Gouldthorpe, Bob Graham, Brian Harrison-Lever, Elizabeth Honey, Patricia Mullins, Narelle Oliver, Matt Ottley, Gregory Rogers, Anne Spudvilas, Shaun Tan, Jane Tanner, and Steven Woolman.

Two events were held at Muse - 'Meet Bob Graham' for young people and 'Meet the creator - Bob Graham" aimed at adults.

A sample of media about Imagine If …
Article in University of Canberra Monitor
Interview by Her Canberra with Bob Graham.
Article in Reading Time, June 15, 2017
Article in Reading Time, July 15, 2017
Interview on ABC Canberra radio. Dan Bourchier interviews Dr Belle Alderman.


End of Year Function, talk by John Faulks,The Honorable, Deputy Chief Justice, Family Court of Australia.

The Centre  held three major events in 2016:


Colin Thiele: His Work and Legacy - Ann Harding Centre, University of Canberra (2 June 2015)

'Hippopotomusing' with Hazel Edwards - 9 Napier Close, Deakin, Canberra (22 May 2015)

Colin Thiele: His Work and Legacy - Ann Harding Centre, University of Canberra (2 June 2015)

'Hippopotomusing' with Hazel Edwards - 9 Napier Close, Deakin, Canberra (22 May 2015)


'Meet' Pixie O'Harris - ALIA House, 9-11 Napier Close, Deakin (17 September 2014)

The Bob-a-thon Festival - events celebrating Bob Graham (June-August 2014)

Bob Graham Retrospective Exhibition - The Canberra Museum and Gallery, in association with the Centre and Books Illustrated in Melbourne ran a major retrospective exhibition of Bob Graham's work. The exhibition, with activities and programs ran from 17 May - 24 August 2014.


Showcase: Festival of Australian Children's Literature - featured 15 authors and illustrators and ran from 1 October – 15 November 2013. Partners included Libraries ACT, ACT Writers Centre, National Library of Australia, and The Children's Book Council of Australia, ACT Branch as well as the Australian Library and Information Association. Over 1,600 attended the 12 events including an exhibition of Dinosaurs Love Cheese by Jackie French and Nina Rycroft. Further details are available including access to photographs of events, slide and video presentations at

Exhibition of Pixie O'Harris' artwork for "The Wind in the Willows" - Canberra Institute of Technology (9-23 May 2013)


Boundless: Festival of Australian Children's Literature - Canberra (3 October-17 November 2012)

Boundless featured Gabrielle Lord and Andy Griffith in a variety of events at school and public libraries and elsewhere in Canberra. The Centre worked in association with the Showcase collaborating partners. There were six mini-exhibits featuring in Libraries ACT. An exhibition of Bob Graham's A Bus Called Heaven is featured in a photogallery at

The Boundless program of events is available at

"A Bus Called Heaven" - photogallery of an exhibition of original artwork by Bob Graham - Civic Library, Canberra (October 2012)


Experiencing Life through Children's Stories: a Project for Seniors - (year long project during 2011)

The Emily Rodda Event - Lu Rees Archives, University of Canberra, Canberra (23-24 March 2011)


Cataloguing Australian Children's Books in Foreign Languages - Lu Rees Archives, University of Canberra, Canberra (project beginning April 2010)


Words ... Pictures ... Book! Exhibition - Civic Library, Canberra (7 August-5 October 2007)