December 2018 event: a Beatle’s friend and games at our 2018 Christmas event

by Marie Pietersz


Michael A Hill signing books after his talk. Photo: Marie Pietersz

Our Christmas event was held on 6 December 2018 at the CQ Function Centre in Queen Street, Melbourne. It was well patronised, with around 40 editors in festive attire attending to celebrate, look back on the year that was, relax and listen to our guest speaker. Michael A Hill, childhood and teenage friend of young Beatle John Lennon and author of John Lennon: the boy who became a legend, shared his memories of one of the great creative talents of the twentieth century. Q&A time saw Michael responding to some perhaps long-unanswered personal questions about the legend. We also had the opportunity to pick up a signed copy of his book on the night, and a number of copies were bought.

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Renée Otmar and Sara Kitoaji whetting our appetites for the conference and Gala Dinner. Photo: Marie Pietersz

Dr Renée Otmar, Convenor of the 9th National Editors' Conference 2019 in Melbourne, assisted by Dr Sara Kitoaji, in costumes promoting the theme and venue of the conference dinner, gave us the low-down on the conference. They covered keynotes and other invited speakers, presentation topics, workshops and, of course, the many exciting opportunities to socialise and network with colleagues from around Australia and other parts of the world, as well as information about registration and other deadlines.

The networking games provided lots of interaction for editors who were eager to participate and engage on the night. There were presents for the winners of the two Celebrity Heads games and the Speed Dating game. Then there was also the open 'Not-so-secret Santa' (Kris Kringle) game with nice take-home presents of books to choose from under the tree for those who participated.

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Appreciating the games. Photo: Marie Pietersz

There were crackers to pull and festive fare to partake of, and the announcement by Susan Keogh of the results of our member survey for book of the year and client of the year (reported in last month’s newsletter). The voluntary donation box of toys and books for the Smith Family completed the spirit of the festive season of giving.

It was an activity-packed night befitting the last event for 2018 and saw many editors still engaging at closing time in innovative and supportive networking.

The events committee will announce the calendar of future events for 2019 as early as possible. The first event for the year was our February event last night.

Marie Pietersz
Events Officer