The Centre for Children’s Literature

Slide Book Links’ Travelling Suitcases are filled with interesting and curious keepsakes from five of Queensland’s top children’s book authors and illustrators Slide Narelle Oliver Lecture 2020 We are pleased to announce that the guest speaker for the 2021 lecture will be the 2020-2021 Australian Children’s Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky. This lecture will be held on Wednesday 19 May 2021 at St Aidan’s Girls’ School, Corinda. Slide Romancing the Stars Romancing the Stars is an annual event that has taken place since 2012 in Brisbane and has since included events held on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

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From the Blog

Meg McKinlay talks about writing historical fiction

‘When I’m drawn to historical fiction, I think it’s because of the empathic connections it enables between our contemporary lives and those of people in the past.’ – Meg McKinlay Meg McKinlay is a much awarded writer and poet of picture […]

Maree Coote talks about writing historical fiction

‘Historical fiction can also be the telling of a true story—based on real events—that is lifted it out of its time to reset the story as a universal tale. Born in history, immortalised in story.’ Maree Coote Maree Coote is […]

Felice Arena talks about writing historical fiction

‘Historical fiction is not only a portal to another time but a tangible way to try to experience the real-life emotions and human stories of those who have come before us.’ – Felice Arena Felice Arena is an actor, speaker, […]

Winners of Book Links Mentorship

The winners of the Book Links Mentorship were announced during the AGM by Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright on Saturday 9 October 2021 BOOK LINKS MENTORSHIP 2021 BRIEF REPORT by Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright General Comment: In its third year, the Book Links […]

Pamela Rushby talks about writing historical fiction

“The best, the strangest, the most riveting, heart-breaking, laugh-out-loud stories aren’t fiction. They’re real.” Pamela Rushby In the lead up to the annoucement of the Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction, StoryLinks is interviewing all the shortlisted authors. Pam […]

Katrina Nannestad talks about writing historical fiction

“A well-written historical novel brings history alive and inspires young readers to ponder big issues – peace, justice, kindness and tolerance, to name just a few.” Katrina Nannestad In the lead up to the annoucement of the Book Links Award […]

Claire Saxby talks about writing historical fiction

In the lead up to the annoucement of the Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction, StoryLinks is interviewing all the shortlisted authors. “I let the facts sit on my shoulder as I insert my fictional characters. The facts give […]

Book Links Mentorship and History Award Announcements

The shortlist for the Book Links mentorship (in alphabetical order) is: Ben Boland for Charlie’s Nest and Stampede Annaleise Byrd for How to Save a Soft Drink Factory Louis Decrevel for Out-of-this-world Things I Saw in Strangerwood Kirsten Ealand for Periweather Pemberton and In the Wild Aly Kenna for No Dogs Allowed and Counting Cats Tyrion […]

Mentorship Month

The 2021 Book Links Mentorship is open to all Book Links members residing in Australia and submissions close at the end of August. Applicants are invited to submit a synopsis and the first two chapters or first 6000 words, of […]


Ursula Dubosarksy

Presenting “The Library’s Child: Read For Your Life”. This will be partly the laureate’s own experience as a child reader and writer, and the vital importance of libraries making children readers (and hopefully writers!) for their whole life long.

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