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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.
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?
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.
Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs presented the 2016 Book Links Annual Lecture in Children’s Literature. He spoke to the topic, ‘The mystery of Visual Literacy, and, why isn’t humour taken more seriously’. The event was very well attended by Children’s Literature enthusiasts, Children’s authors, Children’s illustrators, teacher- librarians, and parents. The VIP reception with Leigh, co-hosted by the Queensland Writers Centre, was a resounding success with many attendees reporting delightful and inspiring conversations with Leigh Hobbs.
Here are some key points from Leigh’s lecture:
Leigh began by telling us that he feels ‘a responsibility and protectiveness to his audience, children.’ He told the audience that theory is not his thing, but that he would speak to us from his experience as a secondary teacher, a visiting presenter to several countries and his memories of his own childhood. Leigh told us that he has always been obsessed with characters, and they form the basis of all his stories. Leigh does not pretend to write in a child’s voice. He writes with an adult voice and finds that kids relate well to his characters. Leigh acknowledges how sensitive and trusting kids are, and how innately willing they are to engage in learning. Leigh believes in kids’ logic, and explained that not everything needs to be explained to them. Leigh explained that visual literacy is the beginning of literacy as kids learn to look before they can read. He spoke about his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, and Mr Chicken explaining that kids connect to relationships between characters that mean something to them. Leigh works with three levels: first the words, second images and thirdly the contradiction between the words and image. Often the image is doing something every different from the words. Interpretation doesn’t have to be literal. Leigh explained that that if kids like characters, and they’re well constructed, they will be gripped by them in a couple of pages and make a decision whether to keep going into their world. He doesn’t write with ‘a message’, but rather with ‘real’ characters, experiencing loss, friendship and more .
The audience was thrilled by Leigh’s lecture, and also enjoyed the opportunity to try their hands at drawing Old Tom with some surprising results. We are very grateful to Leigh for coming to Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature to present the Book Links Annual Lecture in Children’s Literature. We are also very grateful to our audience for attending, for without them, this lecture series would simply not be as successful as it is.
2016 Promises to be one of our best years yet. So far we have three innovative Write Links Writing Workshops planned.
- Brian Falkner – Introduction to Write Like an Author. Saturday, February 6.
- Peter Carnavas – Picture Books. Saturday, March 5.
- James Moloney – Planning a Series. Saturday, May 7.
Find out more below, and click HERE to book to avoid disappointment. You can also renew your membership, or become a member at this link too. This will give you discount rates to all writing workshops, as well at local Book Shops.
Author Brian Falkner has created a set of resources that can be used to inspire young writers to ‘write like an author’. This is an introduction to the materials he has created. For more information on the content visit http://www.writelikeanauthor.com This is a great opportunity to see how Brian presents his workshops for children in the middle years of schooling.
In this workshop, Peter will cover many aspects of picture book creation. There will be a focus on the varieties of narrative structure, characters and how to make your text as powerful and efficient as possible. Peter will also share storyboard tips and how to tell your story visually, whether writing for an illustrator or as an illustrator.
Peter completed a picture book course and put together a dummy version of his book, Jessica’s Box. A little while later, New Frontier accepted the book. His tale of a little girl’s attempt to find friendship entered the world in April 2008 and was shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award for Emerging Illustrators and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award.
Many books have followed, including Last Tree in the City, The Children Who Loved Books, My Totally Awesome Story (written by Pat Flynn) and The Boy on the Page. He has recently collaborated with Kat Chadwick to create What’s in My Lunchbox?, and has illustrated Damon Young’s picture books, My Nanna is a Ninja and My Pop is a Pirate.
Peter lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife, two daughters and a scruffy dog that occasionally escapes.
James Moloney has written a number of successful series for young readers. His ‘Gracey stories’ comprising three YA novels about an Indigenous family was widely praised. Later, he turned to fantasy where series seems the name of the game with the successful ‘Book of Lies’ trilogy and ‘The Silvermay Sagas’. For younger readers he wrote the adventure series, ‘The Doomsday Rats’. In writing these books he ran the full gamut of what to do and what not to do which he will share with seminar participants.
The seminar will focus on what publishers are looking for, how to develop characters who will sustain reader interest across a multiple book series, how to keep them fresh, planning story lines across multiple books and the creation of ‘worlds’, both realistic and speculative, which suit the writing of series for the young. The emphasis will be practical and much of the activity interactive, so participants should bring along their cherished ideas and be prepared to discuss them.