Upcoming events for 2020

We have an exciting program lined up for 2020, so make sure you join early to get discounted tickets.

 

 

 

 

Our first event is the Write Links Workshop with Nette Hilton. Numbers are limited so book in fast.

‘What’s the Difference’ Workshop with Nette Hilton
The design of a book and the way it is to be presented is often suggested by the publisher. What you consider to be a picture book may be rejected as it is really a junior novel or younger reader. It is not always easy to find the defining line between picture book material and junior novels. Is it word count? Is it language? Is it age level? Or is it the other stuff that just needs to be explored a little. In this workshop I’m hoping to be able to :

  • Explore language and how it works in picture books.
  • What is it that frames language in picture books.
  • How and when to minimize the text.
  • When is a picture book a Junior Novel.

Ultimately, the workshop is intended to share information that is hands-on and useful. It will provide participants with tools to work on making books that best suit the purpose of the author/illustrator and the publisher and to expand an understanding of picture books and junior novels. It’s a bit like refining the aim of the arrow when you launch your book into the moving, unknown target of publishing houses.

Nette Hilton is an established author of children’s literature, young adult literature and, in past times, adult novels. Her work is sold internationally and is in translation across many countries. She is best known for ‘Proper Little Lady’ which was published in 1990 and is still in print today. Her latest books, ‘The Princess Peony and her Adventures’ which include her encounters with bears, frogs and a troublesome prince, have been well received with the First Adventures being short-listed for Speech Therapists Award this year. Due to judging commitments Princess Peony was withdrawn for CBCA 2020 judging as Nette is one of the judges and has been for the past two years. Her newest work to be published in 2021 is D’Lila LaRue which smacks of naughtiness in the nicest way. She is currently working on developing illustrations for her own picture book and continuing her involvement with judging CBCA BOTYA. More details are available on the website which, sadly, is a little out of date (right now but plans are afoot). There is an article in Magpies last November which, I hope, further explains her experience with writing and all things authorship. Worth a look.

The workshop runs Saturday 7 March from 12:30 – 2:10 pm and will be followed by the Write Links meeting and critiquing.
The workshop is $15 for Book Links members and $25 for non-members. Bookings are essential as these workshops normally sell out.


 

 

Our next event is our annual Romancing the Stars, beginning with the Brisbane event. Book here.

On Thursday evening 12 March discover what books our local authors and illustrators have been creating for children and young adults. Each creator will give a short introduction to their latest publication in a small intimate circle, before rotating on to the next group. You have a chance to get inside information about the creation of the books and make contact with potential presenters for your school or library.

Speed date 21 local stars and meet others informally. Great food and drinks. View and buy books and illustrations. Enter raffle and quiz competition.

PD certificates provided after the event.

Meet: Aleesah Darlison, Allison Rushby, Jane Smith, Karen Tyrrell, Kathy Hoopmann, Lisa Walker, Remy Lai, Richard Yaxley, Taryn Bashford, Andrew King, Anil Tortop, Chi Mary Kalu, Cori Brooke, Dannika Paterson,  Heidi Cooper-Smith, Jacqui Halpin, Megan Forward, Michelle Worthington, Robert Henderson, Sophie Beer, Yvonne Mes and MC Josie Montano

Find out more about these stars.  See what books they have created and will be talking about.

Join us if you are a teacher, librarian  or lover of children’s literature and want to gain an insight into the inspiration behind the latest books.

RSVP by Friday 6 March for catering purposes.
$25 members, $35 non-members Starts 6.00pm.
Venue: Iona College, (Library), 85 North Rd, Lindum QLD 4178


 

 

And now an event for children.  Our first workshop is for Young Illustrators.  Book here.

Lucia Masciullo  will lead this Illustration Workshop for children.
Recommended for children aged 8 – 13 years.
Sunday 15 March – 1:00 -2:30pm.
$10 members, $15 non-members
Drawing materials supplied.
What you need to bring:  paint shirt/apron, glue stick and scissors

Design a Creature Workshop

Do you have a wild imagination and love for strange creatures? Then this fun workshop is for you! Together with award winning illustrator Lucia Masciullo you are going to design your own creature and finish it with a unique watercolour and collage technique.

Lucia Masciullo is an award winning children’s book illustrator born and bred in Livorno, Italy. She moved to Australia in 2007 and she now lives on the Gold Coast.

She has illustrated more than twenty books, among which the CBCA Honour Book and Prime Minister Award shortlisted Come Down, Cat! by Sonya Hartnett and the best selling series Our Australian Girl.

Lucia likes to create whimsical characters and she works with traditional techniques, mixing watercolour, pencil, acrylic and collage.

She loves to share her passion for drawing and creating illustrations and she regularly presents talks and workshops to children and aspiring illustrators. Lucia is the tutor for the Draw Like an Artist program and has workshops coming up in the April school holidays at Southport.

Her last picture book is My Real Friend, by David Hunt, 2019.

 

 

The Big Lit Quiz 2019

Kid Lit community unites

Brisbane’s Kids Lit community celebrated their end-of-year party with a quiz based on children’s literature at Manly State School on 24th November, MC’d by Mia Macrossan. Writers, illustrators, teachers and teacher librarians formed cutely-named teams, such as Bubbly Bookworms, Snugglepots and Writing Birds. Eager participants answered questions in six categories, winning raffles and prizes. Popular categories were Book to Film, Made in Queensland and Know the Image.

Would you have known the answer to these questions?

1.      Stephen Michael King’s book about a colourful bear was shortlisted in the CBCA Book of the Year awards this year. What was it called? (Questions category: Bears)

2.      H is for Happiness is a feature film released at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2019. It is based on which Barry Jonsberg book? (Questions category: Book to Film)

3.      After which precious metal are Dorothy’s slippers in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz named?  (Questions category: Footwear)

4.      What is the name of the Chinese Festival that gives the title to a novel by Sally Heinrich? (Questions category: Ghosts)

5.      Which Queenslander has just been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal? (Questions category: Made in Qld)

6.      Name the author/illustrator and title of this book. (Questions category: Know the image)

Kid Lit organizations: Book Links, Write Links, CBCA Qld, SCBWI, IBBY, QSLA, May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust supported this fun event. Book creators and organizations displayed a colourful array of pop-up banners.

Jenny Stubbs and her Book Links team organized this event and prepared a delicious lunch feast to enjoy. Everyone enjoyed the fun, friendship and games. Congratulations to the winning team of Trish Buckley, Claire Jackson, Alison Winfield and Dannika Patterson. Congratulations also to Megan Daley, winner of the art prize donated by Mark Wilson to StoryArts Festival Ipswich. Mark’s painting is from the book Flapper, VC.

Teams work together
End of year feast
Heads and Tails Game

Proceeds of the Big Lit Quiz this year will be going to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program.

Find out how the international Kids Lit Quiz competition works
In 2020, join us for three heats in Queensland: Ipswich, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Answers: 1. Rainbow Bear 2. My Life as an Alphabet 3. Silver (this was a trick question because in the book they are silver, but in the film they are ruby) 4. Hungry Ghosts 5. Remy Lai (not many knew this one, but congratulations to our local Brisbane author.) 6. Gregg Dreise

Blog: Karen Tyrrell

Photo credits: Maria Parenti-Baldey & Karen Tyrrell

Book Links Mentorship Winner Responds

 

 

 

 

 

I am honoured and humbled to have been awarded the Inaugural Book Links Mentorship award at this year’s Story Arts festival. The idea for the manuscript that was chosen for this mentorship was first inspired at the 2013 Story Arts Festival Ipswich during a conversation with Sue Whiting (then Publisher at Walker Books) and other writing colleagues at the dinner table. Now, six years later, after various drafts and reincarnations, this story has come full circle, back to where it all began and ready to move in a new direction through the mentorship process. I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given and for Story Arts and Book Links for providing it.

Debbie Kahl
Winner of the 2019 Book Links Mentorship

What I got out of StoryArts Brisbane 2019

by Tyrion Perkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story Arts Brisbane offered an array of information and opportunities for writers of Children’s and Young Adult stories. A key moment for me was being able to submit the first two chapters of my YA manuscript to a publisher from interstate. She gave me delightfully positive feedback with some tips, and after discussion, she gave me her email so she could read more.

Another highlight was Mark Greenwood’s talk on researching history. When describing his book on the Thylacine, he mentioned someone who deserved her own book, and I later discussed with him how I would like to do it, and he offered to send me some of his research.

Franè Lessac shared her wealth of experience about working with diverse people and cultures across the globe. It was wonderful to see what she has done and I gleaned ways I could approach topics and work with more diverse people than I had dared to consider before.

The day was also great for hearing what publishers want – in the first panel of the day, and later, seeing their different reactions to the first pages of manuscripts read out. It helped me see their different tastes and get an idea who would be best to approach in the future for my different manuscripts.

Mentorship winner announced

The Inaugural Booklinks Mentorship was won by Debbie Kahl with her story ‘Gaijin Girl’. Debbie was over the moon with her win and rushed off immediately to phone her mother.

At the opening of StoryArts Brisbane Conference, Robyn Sheahan-Bright, mentor, congratulated the shortlisted entrants and commented that writers were to be congratulated for entering and producing such a high standard.

 

The shortlisted entries were:

  • Joanna Barrett (Nom de Plume: Joanna Talber) The Siege of Loechen Castle
  • Robyn Emerson (writing as Robyn Bornhorst) Time Squad
  • Jacqui Halpin Black Jack Turner and the Stockman’s Ghost
  • Debbie Kahl Gaijin Girl

The Big Lit Quiz 2019

The Big Lit Quiz 2019

Join us for an end of year party for the Kids Lit community with a quiz based on children’s literature.

  • Sunday 24th November from noon to about 3.30pm.
  • Manly State School, 63 Ernest St, Manly
  • Proceeds to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program.
  • Form a team and join the fun for $20 per team member. You can make up a team on the day.
  • Food supplied but BYO drinks.
  • Win prizes and raffles.
  • BOOK HERE

We invite CBCA Qld, SCBWI, IBBY, QSLA, May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, authors. illustrators, teachers, librarians, teacher-librarians, library technicians and any lovers of KidsLit to join us for lunch followed by rounds of quiz questions.  Members of the the highest scoring team each win a prize.

If you have a pop-up banner for your organisation or yourself as a book creator, please feel free to bring along to add to a pop-up display!

Find out how the international Kids Lit Quiz competition works http://www.kidslitquiz.com/australia.php 
In 2020 there will be three heats in Qld, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

This is an adult event but older children could come.

Change in editors for Wombat Books at BSAB

Rochelle Manners is pleased to be joining Book Links StoryArts Brisbane (BSAB) in 2019. She will be providing her insights into the industry on the publishing panel as well as the first pages session at the conference. Rochelle will be replacing Emily Lighezzolo from Wombat Books on panels and in feedbacks.

Rochelle Manners is the Director of Rhiza Press and Wombat Books. She is trained as a teacher, counsellor and has a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing. Rochelle has also been an author in the educational market, and enjoys writing for a change to publishing.

Having worked in traditional publishing, editing, distribution and working with self-published authors, Rochelle has experience from all angles.

Rochelle will be looking at: Wombat Books: Picture books, middle grade books and illustration portfolios. Rhiza Edge – for edgy, relatable teen fiction for today’s youth.

Bookings for manuscript feedback have reopened for Rochelle.