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Talking Ideas: The Narelle Oliver Lecture

We are pleased to announce that guest speaker for the fourth Narelle Oliver Lecture – Book Links Annual Lecture in Children’s Literature will be indigenous writer Bruce Pascoe. This year it will be presented in partnership with Talking Ideas, a State Library of Queensland series of events.

The Lecture will be acknowledging the International Year of Indigenous Languages and Bruce Pascoe will be encouraging us to teach children the truth about Australia’s history. Pascoe is a long-time student and teacher of Wathaurong language and has worked extensively on the resurrection of the Yuin language understanding that culture is embedded in language.

What:  Talking Ideas: The Narelle Oliver Lecture
Time & date:  7.00pm, Friday 24 May 2019
Where:  State Library of Queensland
Price to attend: Members of Book Links $17, non-members $37



Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor.

In 2018, Bruce was the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature and The Dreamtime Person of the Year Award. His book Fog a Dox won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His book is Dark Emu, won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016. Bangarra Dance Theatre presented a major new dance work inspired by the book Dark Emu in Brisbane in 2018. It explored the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories.

His younger reader book Mrs Whitlam was shortlisted in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in 2017. His younger reader edition of Dark Emu is due for release in June 2019.

Find out more about Bruce Pascoe in this Guardian interview and watch his TEDx Talk here.

The Library Shop will have a selection of Bruce Pascoe’s books available for sale at the event and you are invited to meet him post-event to have your book signed.

Come along early and enjoy live music, hot snacks, cold beer and wine at the Library Café Bar.

Live events with the world’s best authors, thinkers and commentators.
Find out about other Talking Ideas events at

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Romancing the Stars in March

IMG_1840 121KBThe month of March is the time to get ready to speed date the authors. The first event is on the Sunshine Coast in collaboration with Voices on the Coast on Friday 8 March. The aim is to meet 18 of the authors and illustrators who have had new books out in the previous 12 months and get an insight into the creator and their books. Of course there is food and drinks plus the chance to win books and sometimes artwork in the raffle and the quiz. It’s loads of fun and everyone enjoys the social atmosphere and the chance to rub shoulders with the literati of the children’s literature world.

Find out who will be at the Sunshine Coast event.

Then check out the talent for the Brisbane event Friday 15 March at St Joseph’s Nudgee College.

Big Kids Lit Quiz raises funds for IBBY

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Congratulations Big Kids Lit Quizzers!

Thank you. You have helped raise $500 for IBBY. So much fun and frivolity was had last year that this end of year’s luncheon numbers increased from 24 to 40. Yahoo to you Kids Literature supporters!

As we sat in air-conditioned comfort, we were entertained by feisty MC Mia Macrossan. Accolades to Mia who kept some 40 participants on the hop firing out six rounds of quiz questions. Much nail biting and open disbelief at the obvious answers had a few rubbing their chin and thumping their foreheads. Some team members exclaimed, ‘Oh! We knew that… Why didn’t we write it down…’ when the MC read out the answers.

Some of the categories were colour (clever use of titles with colour), visual illustrations (very difficult – next time we need front covers of books with blanked-out text), made in Queensland. It was very exciting when each winning team in a category selected a free book from the gourmet books. Much appreciation to Dimity Powell for the huge donation of books.

After the scrumptious first course, the Quiz started. Its focus was children’s books – from Picture Books to YA novels. In between breaks was the favourite game of Heads and Tails. All ran seamlessly with thanks to co-ordinator Jenny Stubbs and her quiz question expert Mia.

The luncheon of fresh Christmas meats, roast chicken, smoked fish, pumpkin and spinach salad, green salad, super food salad and condiments was a huge hit. For dessert, the create-your-own pavs with choices of freshly cut fruit pieces and double dollop cream left a delightfully sweet taste as motivation for next year. Massive thank you to Jenny and Shirley Stubbs for their extraordinary MasterChef expertise.

Awards were presented on the day. Story Links Writing Competition co-ordinator Mia Macrossan presented winner Debbie Smith with her prize.

Also, CBCA Qld President Trisha Buckley presented Judith Russell with a special plaque for being made a Life Member of the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Thank you to our wonderful authors and illustrators, members from Book Links, Write Links, Story Links, CBCA Qld, SCBWI, QSLA, May Gibbs Childrens’ Literature Trust, Last Tuesday Book Club plus teachers, librarians, teacher-librarians, library technicians for joining us for this social Christmas event.

With this achieved, we look forward to an even greater 2019 Big Kids Lit Quiz Xmas Luncheon.

Gregg Dreise to speak at AGM

Gregg Dreise playing the didge

Join us for our AGM followed by a special talk by author and illustrator Gregg Dreise. Book here via Trybooking for this free event.

Next year will be International year of Indigenous Languages.
In the lead up we have asked Gregg to talk about Diversity in Children’s Literature.

He will cover the following topics in a one hour presentation.
1. My culture
2. Working with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation
2. Adding colour to stories
3. Including languages to stories
4. Getting permission to use indigenous content

Gregg Dreise is a gifted artist, storyteller and musician, and he features the didgeridoo and guitar in his performances at schools, libraries and festivals. He is a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Yuwalayaay people of south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales.

He is the author and illustrator of Silly Birds; Kookoo Kookaburra; Mad Magpie; and the soon to be released Cunning Crow & My Culture and Me. All of these stories are about teaching morals. They address friendship, kindness, bullying and indigenous culture.

Gregg is also the illustrator of the classic story Tiddalik the Frog, and has poetry with his illustrations in the anthology A Boat of Stars; and illustrations in High 5 to the Boys and contributions towards Why I Love Australia.

He is very proud to be helping the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to bring books, laughter confidence and fun to remote communities around Australia. I Open the Door was a collaboration with students from remote communities in Western Australia, a Victorian School and the wonderfully talented Ann James and Judy Watson.
Travelling to schools all over Australia and other countries in the world has continually expanded his love of his profession. He is proud to work with Magabala Books, Pearson Publishing, ABC Books, Penguin Random House, Harper Collins and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

The AGM will commence at 2pm followed by the presentation with Gregg Dreise around 2.30pm.

Level 2, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

Last chance to enter THE BIG READ competition!

As part of the National Year of Reading 2012, Book Links Qld is holding THE BIG READ competition to celebrate stories set in Queensland.


The task is to read as many books from the list as you can, then vote for the one that you feel best defines Queensland (in the three categories).

The sections are Older ReadersYounger Readers and Picture Books.

BUT you need to record your vote by the 31st July 2012 on the Ipswich City Council library website. CLICK HERE

The results of the voting will be announced on Saturday 25th August. Event information will be advertised on the Book Links Blog in the future.

The Travelling Suitcases are Ready!

The waiting is over – you can now apply to borrow one of the Travelling Suitcases.  If you already know all about the suitcases, jump over to the Resources/Travelling Suitcases Application Form page, and get started.

For those who aren’t familiar with the project, here’s a rundown:

Book Links Travelling Suitcases are filled with interesting items used by Queensland children’s authors and illustrators to create a book, and are designed to be the basis of programming ideas and activities which will give children an experience of how a book is created.

Book Links Travelling Suitcases will be of particular value to regional, rural and remote schools and libraries who have limited access to visiting authors and illustrators.  This resource will animate and enliven the creative process for children, as they can see firsthand the ‘tools of the trade’ that authors and illustrators use to create their stories.

Five of Queensland’s top award winning authors and illustrators were selected to participate in the project. One suitcase has been created for each author/illustrator:

  • Kerry Argent, illustrator of picture books for young children;
  • Narelle Oliver, author and illustrator of picture books for all ages;
  • Gregory Rogers, illustrator of picture books for all ages;
  • James Moloney, author of junior and young adult novels; and
  • Michael Gerard Bauer, author of junior and young adult novels.

The Resources/Travelling Suitcases Application Form Page, and the application form itself have more background information, and details about borrowing, so have a look today.

Finola Fox – Fabulous and Fascinating

Saturday’s event featuring The Fabulous Finola Fox’s illustrator Kerry Argent, editor Lisa Riley and designer Karen Scott was fascinating.  The audience were rewarded for venturing out in such awful weather by the story of how Finola was produced.  The process started in 2004, and was surprisingly complex and drawn out.  It was clear that all of the people involved have incredibly good attention to detail.

With lots of proofs, originals, and drawings to look at, and lovely wine and cheese to enjoy, it added up to a fabulous event.

Lisa, Kerry & Karen