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Book Links & StoryArts present an exciting Writing Competition for children aged 10-14!

 

Write a story based on the 2017 Book Week theme  Escape to Everywhere

Competitions for 10-12 and 13-14 year olds

Do you like writing stories?

Enter the Book Links Writing Competition!

Winners will be announced at the StoryArts Festival Ipswich at a
free public session with Jack Heath on Tuesday 5th September
at Ipswich Grammar School, Darling St, Ipswich commencing at 6pm

Looking for inspiration and some ideas?

Suggested Reading:
300 minutes of Danger by Jack Heath,
The Cut Out by Jack Heath
Escape to the Moon Islands series by Mardi McConnochie

Then:
Write a story on an escape theme.  (Limit of 2000 words)

Prizes: $100 First and $50 second,  Books signed by Jack Heath and a photo shoot with him if you can come to Ipswich 5 September, an option for the winning entries to be published online on the Book Links website.

Send your entries to: Book Links Qld Inc., C/- QWC, PO BOX 3488, SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101 or email to info@booklinks.org.au by 1 August 2017

Book Links Event News for 2017! Renew your membership now to be a part of our stellar year to come!

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Happy New Year!  We hope you had a fantastic Festive Season with family and friends!

2017 is looking to be a stellar year for Book Links, our members, our friends, and children all over the place.  Read on to find out about some of our events and projects for the coming year!

And remember to renew your membership for 2017 HERE!

Romancing the Stars x 3

We are hosting three Romancing the Stars events this year!  Come and speed-date some of Australia’s best, and South East Queensland local, children’s and YA authors and illustrators to find out what they have been, and are, working on!

For information and booking details for the Brisbane Event, click HERE!

For information and booking details for the Gold Coast Event, click HERE!

For information and booking details for the Sunshine Coast Event, click HERE!

Write Links Writing Workshops

We have a full year booked for our Write Links Writing Workshops!  Including paid workshops with Richard Newsome, Kerry Brown, Deborah Abela, and Christine Bongers.  For a full list of all the Workshops for 2017, click HERE!

Narelle Oliver Lecture

Libby Gleeson will be presenting the Narelle Oliver Lecture in Children’s Literature in June, watch our social media and website for more details.

StoryArts Festival Ipswich – Narelle Oliver Exhibition

We are honoured to announce that we will be presenting a comprehensive exhibition of the Late Narelle Oliver’s works in partnership with StoryArts Festival Ipswich.

Travelling Suitcases – DVD’s

We will also be beefing up our Travelling Suitcases to ensure that they are all utilised to their full potential, and we will also be offering DVD’s of all our featured authors and illustrators for sale, watch this space.

Book links QLD Big Lit Quiz End of Year Event Report

Book links QLD  Big Lit Quiz End of Year Event Report by Dimity Powell November 2016

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Apart from some scintillating company and a mouth-watering repass of cold meats, salads, pastries, and Pavlova, the recent Book Links End of Year event proved much more challenging than your average pre-Christmas shindig.

Over 35 lovers of Kids Lit from all corners of the industry including authors, illustrators, teacher librarians and technicians and custodians of such organisations as SCBWI, CBCA QLD and the May Gibbs Trust converged at Padua College in Brisbane’s northeast for a fantastic afternoon of quizzing embarrassment. Well for some of us perhaps, for others it was a chance to brandish their literary prowess whilst raising much needed funds for IBBY, the international organisation committed to bringing books and children together.

Quiz master and president of Book Links QLD, provided some curly questions covering an assortment of literary themes including: animals, food and drink, war, first lines and Aussie orientated work to eight teams of four players each.  It was interesting to note that no matter what our involvement in this industry and our accessibility to kids’ reading matter, poor retention rates resulted in some questionable scores. I blame age and excess of information (my brain is just far too small to fit in every tantalising trivial fact and literary quote) and I take my cap off to the dozens of upper primary and secondary school kids who play these quizzes for real each year.

Despite stiff competition, my team, The Series of Authors, came in a respectable fourth place!

Lucky door prizes, book donations, and raffles ensured everyone left with enough reading matter to boost their bookish knowledge in readiness for the next Big Kid’s Lit Quiz. I know I have some ground to read up.

All agreed, this was a wonderful amalgamation of many sectors of our industry and a fun way to draw people together not to mention expand their appreciation of great books for kids.

Well done Book Links for facilitating this event and Mia Macrossan for ably emceeing proceedings.

Dimity Powell

Children’s author & Book reviewer

www.dimitypowell.com

Big Lit Quiz – end of year event – Sunday 27th November!

It’s party time!  Come and join members of the Children’s Literature Community at our end of year event!

End of Year party for the Kids Lit community with a literature quiz based on children’s literature. Proceeds to IBBY. Form a team and join the fun for $15 per team member. Food supplied but BYO drinks. We invite CBCA Qld, SCBWI, QSLA, May Gibbs Trust, teacher, librarians, teach-librarians, library technicians and any lovers of KidsLit to join us for lunch followed by five rounds of quiz questions. Find out how the international Kids Lit Quiz competition works. This is an adult event but older children could come.

Venue

Padua College
cnr. Jardine St and Turner Road
Kedron
Qld

Contact Details:

Jenny Stubbs info@booklinks.org.au 0409 266 786

BOOK HERE!

BIG news! Sarah Davis Illustration Workshop – Sunday, 28th August

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BIG news!  Sarah Davis Illustration Workshop – Sunday, 28th August.  Please SHARE, your friends will love you for it!
 
The Nuts And Bolts Of Illustration
 
Join award-winning illustrator Sarah Davis for an intensive three hour illustration workshop, which will help you take your illustration skills to the next level. Suitable for emerging and established illustrators, ages 15+.
 
The workshop will cover:
• Developing a visual narrative
• Designing effective characters
• Maximising visual impact
• Creating dynamic compositions.
 
This will be a hands on session with lots of drawing, so bring your favourite sketchbooks and drawing materials.
 
In association with: Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature
 
Sunday 28th August, 10 am to 1 pm
The Learning Place, Queensland Writers Centre, State Library of Queensland, South Brisbane QLD 4151
Bring drawing materials and a sketchbook.
To book your place, click here!

The Readers Cup Film – The Children’s Book Council of Australia – QLD Branch

Our friends over at the Children’s Book Council of Australia – QLD Branch have produced a film to tell us all about the Readers Cup.  Read on below, and get involved!

New film produced to promote reading quiz

The Qld Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia recently produced a film to promote their state wide competition, The Readers Cup.  The film tracks two teams as they prepare to compete in the Ipswich Region Competition.   Readers Cup attracts nearly 600 teams each year from across Queensland with regions stretching north to Cairns and west to Augathella. Designed to encourage young readers in Years 5-8, the competition has teams of four reading a set of books, then competing against other teams to answer the quiz questions.

Students are challenged to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading. They can compete at regional and state level similar to sporting competitions and meet other students with an equal passion for books.

With 589 teams competing across eighteen regions in June this year, and regional teams taking part in the state finals in September, it equates to around 3000 students reading 15 000 books in 2016. Students attending the finals also have the opportunity to attend Wordplay at The Brisbane Writers Festival, one of the sponsors of the competition.

The website http://readerscup.org.au/ provides information for teams and coordinators, lists regional books, competition dates and sample questions.

Two minute trailer:  http://bit.ly/2a8Ump5

Full video (about 20 mins):  http://bit.ly/2a3g3bq

The film was funded by CBCA Qld Branch and the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network.  CBCA Qld received funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.

Marianne de Pierres’ Write Links Writing Workshop – August 6, 2016

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On Saturday 6th of August, Marianne de Pierres will be presenting the next in the Write Links Writing Workshop Series on World Building.  Bookings are now open, you can book HERE!

Marianne de Pierres is a multi-award winning Australian author of novels written in the science fiction, fantasy, crime, and young adult genres. Over the twenty years Marianne has been a professional writer, she’s acquired a wide skill base and knowledge about the craft and business of writing. Marianne is currently tutoring in writing at the University of Queensland and studying her PhD in Creative Writing?

Workshop:

World-building – create authentic fictional worlds without turning your novel into an indigestible travel diary. How much do you need to know before you begin? Learn what to put in and what to leave out. Marianne de Pierres workshops everything learned about world-building over seventeen genre novels.