bob graham shines at exhibition opening

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Imagine . . . if you were invited to see a living legend open his very own picture book exhibition at Civic Library, and that legend was Bob Graham and he turned out to be every bit as warm and gorgeous and gracious as you knew he would be and he even signed some books for you and did some glorious little pictures for you, too?

This very thing happened today at another glorious Boundless Festival of Australian Children's Literature event {#boundlesskids} here in the centre of Canberra.

The lovely Belle Alderman {the genius behind this festival and Emeritus Professor of Children's Literature Director Lu Rees Archives of Australian Children's Literature}, opened proceedings.

Belle introduced us to Vanessa Little, Director of Libraries ACT and then to Professor Stephen Parker, Vice Chancellor, University of Canberra, who warmed us with a recorded rendition of his childhood voice {complete with divine Midlands accent}, 'rating' authors he had recently read, and showing how the children's book bug can bite and take hold at a very young age, and influence an entire lifetime.  

It was then time for Bob Graham to speak about his work and his adoration for children's books. It was also exciting to hear him speak of his inspiration and about upcoming picture book Silver Buttons, due out next year.

The National Library of Australia were on hand with copies of Bob's books. There was a rather mighty queue to purchase and have books signed, and no wonder. I already have many of Bob's books but couldn't resist snaffling some more - which Bob most kindly signed to my kids - and yes, to me, big kid that I am. :)

The exhibition featuring Bob's work is a beautifully-crafted creation, playing host to original artwork, drafts, correspondence and other stunning treasures. The display will be at Civic Library as part of the Boundless Festival line-up - so do pop into the library if you can, for a peek at this rare treat. The exhibition will run until 17 November, along with exhibitions at libraries around Canberra. Check the Festival's programme for more.

In the meantime, have a peek at what's in store for your visit . . .

Belle Alderman is interviewed

And here I am with the man himself; do I look a bit happy? Don't miss this truly wonderful exhibition.


posie blogs Jennie McClelland said...

This looks incredible, must visit, thanks for the tip & he looks like a wonderful man!! Love Posie

Gaynor said...

Great post, Tania. I had a fabulous time there today - Bob is a lovely man. His warmth and gentle humour are evident in all of this books - love them!

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