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Writing history with Jackie French

Jackie French 3 2018

The room was buzzing with anticipation. Jackie French, National Patron of Book Links, is always a passionate and inspiring speaker. Today she was talking to a small group of writers about Writing History, in particular for children.

Through reading historical fiction, children can experience life as every character in the story. Jackie feels this can only happen in books not TV. Through well written books you can experience the smell and taste of the era.

 

Jackie talked about children’s ability to self-sensor or gloss over challenging events. The sensitive author provides a way for children to hold anguish and terror at arm’s length. Children understand that bad things do happen and they must know how to deal with them. This understanding gives children hope that they can also overcome the struggles they are experiencing or that they feel might be ahead of them.

 

Jackie passionately believes that historical fiction matters because things change. One day things won’t be the same. Children can learn not to be frightened of change. The author can create a safe place for them to examine what happened in the past. They need to know what has happened because by understanding what has happened we learn how to stop the future ogre’s destroying people and civilisation.

 

As writers, Jackie told us the depth of knowledge required to write historical fiction is substantial. If you need to research for a book then you are not ready to write it because you don’t know what you need to know.

 

To overcome this, she suggested we

  • keep it small – set it over a day or like Jackie did in Hitler’s Daughter, at the end of the war when the concentration camps were no longer so strictly run so she didn’t need to know the exact routines.
  • just write about the bits you know
  • only include a few settings, characters, places, themes and time
  • include a new arrival who asks questions as a way to share information

 

Check your primary sources and make sure you have 3 substantiated reports that agree

  • firsthand accounts
  • maps
  • paintings
  • letters
  • newspapers
  • memories and diaries

 

Through reading historical fiction children learn that the past was not ea

Jackie donated her time to Book Links. Funds go to writing workshops for children.
Jackie donated her time to Book Links. Funds go to writing workshops for children. Jackie and Book Links President Yvonne Mes and the donation Bunyip.

sy. They may also feel the present is not easy and may be unsure about their future. This understanding gives children the courage to survive all the things to come, to face and take on the challenges in our imperfect world.

 

We passed up on the opportunity to ask questions just to get a few more minutes of listening to Jackie. I have to admit to shedding a few tears at the stories she told of the bravery and sacrifice of people that she had uncovered in her passionate uncovering of memoirs and secrets.

There is also a light-hearted side to Jackie as you will discover if you follow her on Instagram and enjoy her ‘witty ditties’ about the wombats that frequent her carrot filled garden.Lucy and Jackie FrenchStory by Lucy McGinley

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.

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.

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

Sarah Davis workshop

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!