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New Event – Jackie French talks about Writing and Researching History and the Thrill of Finding Secrets.

Book Links is proud to present a morning with Jackie French!

Jackie will be sharing all she knows about ‘Writing History, Researching History and the Thrill of Finding Secrets!’

Book your tickets now and pay a donation!

Saturday May 19th, 10.30am Room 1B, State Library QLD, Southbank.

Samantha Wheeler Inspires Young Authors

These lucky children were not only able to have a workshop with Samantha Wheeler and practise their writing skills on the 24th of March, they also took home a copy of her latest junior fiction novel, Turtle Trackers, BEFORE it was launched that afternoon!

Samantha was impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge the children brought to the workshop.

 

 

Here are some of the children’s thoughts:

‘I enjoyed coming  up with crazy book ideas.‘ Anna (9)

‘I loved that I got to meet a REAL author!’ Mackenzie (almost 10)

‘I loved the freedom we had with our ideas.’ Emiko (almost 11)

‘It was really fun and I made new friends.’ Chloe (9)

‘I enjoyed everything!’ Micah (9)

 

Writing Workshop for Children with Author Samantha Wheeler

You love animals and you’d love to write a story about them? But where do you start? How do you finish? Let author Samantha Wheeler help you plan your story so that it starts with a boom, races across the page towards the finish, and comes to a rounded, satisfying end. Become the champion of storytelling in one short workshop that is sure to leave your narrative shining.

Find out how Turtle Trackers was written and get your complimentary copy autographed. 10:00-11:30 am $25 members, $30 non-members

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Saturday 24 March – 10:00 – 11:30am. | $25 Book Links member (ie family is a member), $30 non-members includes free copy of Turtle Trackers. This workshop best suits 8-12 year olds.

Samantha Wheeler Canva

Workshop format:

  • Brainstorming/warm up activity
  • Planning of stories to encourage exciting starts, develop rising tension and ensure well-rounded endings
  • Discussion. Have you structured your story? Have you planned a satisfying ending?
  • Brainstorm the use of language and sentence structure to create tension, description, and dialogue.
  • Drafting a short narrative piece.

 

Venue

Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

 

 

Book Links presents: Romancing the Stars 2018

It won’t be long until you can mingle with the literary stars! Meet Queensland children’s authors and illustrators who will share their latest books, the stories behind their stories and feed you delicious bite-size insights into what it is like to create stories for children.

Now in its 7th year, come and join Book Links and Voices on the Coast, for two nights of entertainment, laughter, knowledge, reading, beverages and canapes, which of course, wouldn’t be complete with a book shop on site!

Whether you are a teacher and want to know what will appeal to the children in your class, or a librarian seeking out the latest and hottest books by local authors and illustrators, or perhaps you are a book creator yourself and want to see what everyone has been up to, or maybe you are a parent or lover of children’s literature and want a chance to find out more about the latest and greatest in children’s literature, whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it at Romancing the Stars!

Professional Development Certificates are available on request.

There is a  choice of two fabulous locations!

Thursday March 1, 2018
Brisbane, Indooroopilly
Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street
A list of the stars, their books and their bios can be found here.

Friday February 23, 2018
Sunshine Coast, Buderim
Immanuel Lutheran College, Library
126-142 Wises Rd
A list of the stars, their books and their bios can be found here.

Cost: $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.
Not a Book Links member yet? Head to our members page to sign up (membership $20.00 per person or $30.00 per family).

Big Lit Quiz for Grown-Ups

Modelled on the Kids’ Lit Quiz in which children around the world compete for first place as experts in children’s books, Book Links hosted its own quiz, the Big Lit Quiz (for Grown-Ups) it was an opportunity for organisations that contribute to children’s literature in and around Brisbane to celebrate the end of a fabulous literary year.

Members from the Children’s Book Council Australia (Queensland), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Queensland), The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, Write Links and Book Links came together to compete and were kept in control by author and quiz master extra-extraordinaire Brian Falkner.

 

Money raised went to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program.

After a delicious lunch buffet, the teams divided into groups of four and completed six rounds of questions. The winners of each round got to choose a book donated by wonderful Book Links members such as Dimity Powell and competed for various sweet during extra trivia questions rounds.

It was an afternoon to indulge, connect with old friends, make new ones and determine the real experts of all things kid lit!

A big thank you goes to Book Links’ Jenny Stubbs, who organised this events, the questions, AND lunch and dessert.

Get Ready to Celebrate with the Big Lit Quiz of Children’s Literature

Book Links is hosting the End of Year party for the Kid Lit Community in Queensland.

Held on Sunday the 26th of November from 12noon to 3pm.

Book Links invites members of the Children’s Book Council Australia (Queensland), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Queensland State Library, Write Links, the May Gibbs Trust and teachers, librarians, teacher-librarians and technicians and lovers of Children’s Literature to join us for lunch followed by five rounds of questions based on children’s literature.

With fabulous book prizes, and the enigmatic presence of quiz master and author Brian Falkner this is a party not to be missed!

Book your team now! $15.00 per team member
4 team members per group
Food supplied, BYO drinks

Proceeds go to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program

 

 

The Big Lit Quiz is based on the Kids Lit Quiz, which is an international competition for children held in March each year.

Held on Sunday the 26th of November from 12noon to 3pm.

Secondary Library, Moreton Bay College

450 Wondall Road, Manly West