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Season’s Greetings, Membership Renewal, & 2016 Writing Workshops!

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Season’s Greetings to all!  We hope that you are barrelling full steam ahead towards the holidays, and have all your preparations underway.  And if you don’t, like many of us, may the force be with you!  We have some amazing news for events coming up in 2016.  Four writing workshops presented by four of Australia’s industry-leading authors and/or illustrators.  To find out more, read on.

Membership Renewal

Now is the time to renew your Book Links membership for 2016.  You’ll get discounts at book stores, discounts on event tickets, and all the latest news from Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature.  Just click here to download the membership form, and you can pay by EFT or cheque in the mail.  Receipts will be sent to all members renewing their membership.  We have a phenomenal year ahead, and we look forward to you joining us!

The Write Links Workshop Campaign!

Peter Carnavas, Pamela Rushby, Marianne de Pierres, and James Moloney have all agreed to hold two hour workshops for Book Links and Write Links in 2016.  And with a little help, we will be able to present these four workshops to you, our beloved members, and others.  Read on to find out about these amazing creators, and the workshops they will be conducting:

  • Peter Carnavas – picture books
  • Pamela Rushby – historical fiction
  • Marianne de Pierres – world building
  • James Moloney – writing a series

Peter Carnavas grew up as the youngest of four kids with two parents who somehow allowed and encouraged him to pursue his interests without him realising.  He learnt the violin and guitar and was pretty certain he would one day become one of the world’s greatest songwriters, sitting somewhere alongside Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Brian Wilson. This didn’t happen, so it was lucky he could draw little pictures of people.

Peter has always written stories and scribbled pictures.  Every birthday and Christmas present included pencils and sketchbooks.  After making little books for family and then teaching for a few years, Peter began immersing himself in picture books.  He immediately fell in love with the work of the great picture book creators.

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 CityThe Children Who Loved BooksMy 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.

Pamela Rushby was born in Queensland more years ago than she cares to divulge. She has worked in advertising; as a pre-school teacher; and as a writer and producer of educational television, audio and multimedia.

Pam has written children’s books and television scripts; hundreds of radio and TV commercials; multi award-winning documentaries on Queensland dinosaurs, Australian ecosystems, bilbies, the Crown of Thorns starfish and buried Chinese terracotta warriors; short stories; and freelance journalism. She has won several awards, including a Literature Board of the Australia Council grant to work on archaeological excavations in Egypt and Jordan; a Churchill Fellowship to study educational television in Canada; the Ethel Turner Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; three Notable Books in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards; and a bag of gold coins at a film festival in Iran.

Her historical novels include When the Hipchicks Went to War (Hachette 2009), The Horses Didn’t Come Home (HarperCollins 2012), Flora’s War (Ford Street Publishing 2013) and The Rat-catcher’s Daughter (HarperCollins 2014).

Pam lives in Brisbane with her husband, son and six visiting scrub turkeys. She has two children (plus son-in-law and two gorgeous grandchildren).

Marianne de Pierres is the author of the popular PARRISH PLESSIS trilogy and the award-winning SENTIENTS OF ORION and PEACEMAKER series.

The PARRISH PLESSIS series has been translated into many languages and adapted into a role-playing game, while the PEACEMAKER series is being adapted into a novel adventure game.

Marianne has also authored children’s and young adult stories, notably the Night Creatures trilogy a dark fantasy series for teens.

Marianne is an active supporter of genre fiction and has mentored many writers.

She lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and three galahs (and once upon a time three sons–before they grew up). Marianne also writes award-winning crime under the pseudonym Marianne Delacourt.

James Moloney has been writing for Australia’s children and young adults for 30 years, with close to fifty books to his credit, among them ‘The Book of Lies’ and the Silvermay series and YA novel such as ‘A Bridge to Wiseman’s Cove’ and ‘Dougy’. His latest book is ‘Bridget: A New Australia’ which is first in a new series by Omnibus focussing on the migrant experience of so many diverse Australians. It was released in February 2015.  He also wrote ‘1844 Do You Dare? The Last Horse Race’ part of another new series about Australian history.

Once a teacher and a librarian, his books – ranging in audience from seven to seventeen year-olds – have made him one of Australia’s most respected authors. James’ award-winning books have been translated into French, Korean, Lithuanian and Flemish/Dutch.

James’ Aussie Chomps titles – The Mobile Phone Detective, Trolley Boys, 68 Teeth and Grommet Saves the World – continue to be popular titles.

How can you help?  A good question!

‘Tis the season for giving, and for as little as $5, don’t let us stop you there, you can help us get this project off the ground. We’re not expecting to buy all the neighborhood kids cool electric kids dirt bikes, but all kids need a present for Santa on Christmas. We have DGR Status, so any donation over $2 is tax deductible.  We will provide you with a tax deductible gift tax receipt to give to your accountant.  You can make a donation via our secure PayPal account on our website donate here!

By contributing to our Write Links Workshops Campaign, you will enable us to secure the Workshop Presenters for four fabulous workshops in 2016.  Consider it a Christmas present for you and for us.  Help us to kick start this project, and then attend the workshops in 2016 and beyond!

How can you make a booking for the workshops?  Just email us!

To register your interest in attending the workshops, simply email us ( info@booklinks.org.au ) and let us know which workshop you are interested in.  And when we have the workshops locked in, we will email you, and your registration of interest will become a booking, places permitted.

  • Peter Carnavas – picture books
  • Pamela Rushby – historical fiction
  • Marianne de Pierres – world building
  • James Moloney – writing a series

Sessions will be $15 for Book Links members, and $25 for non-members.

Thank you for your time, and we wish you the very best for the festive season!

The 2016 Book Links Annual Lecture in Children’s Literature

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We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Book Links Lecture in Children’s Literature will be presented by the 2016-2017 Australian Children’s Laureate on Thursday, 23rd June.

The Book Links Lecture in Children’s Literature is designed to raise the profile and value of children’s literature and to stimulate discussion and disseminate the results of current research on children’s literature.

What is the Romancing the Stars event all about?

Hello everyone!

It seems that there’s been a lot of interest in our Romancing the Stars event.  In fact, for 2016, it will be plural, eventS.  Yes!  We are having two Romancing the Stars events in 2016!  The Brisbane event will be held on Thursday, February 18.  And on Friday, 26 February, there will be an event on at The Sunshine Coast.  Watch this space for more details.

To find out a little more, just check out this video:

What’s on in 2016? Children’s Literature Events Calendar.

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2016 looks to be a very promising year!  Check out the calendar below for all the details of Children’s Literature Events in and around Brisbane, and QLD.

 

2016 Calendar

#WorldofWalliamsOZ – David Walliams (‘the new Roald Dahl’) – comes to Australia, Brisbane, and ABC 3!

 

 

 

Sydney Writers Festival       David Walliams  Brisbane Powerhouse

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David Walliams at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Absolutely wow is all we can say!  Brisbane Powerhouse, HarperCollins Kids Australia, and Sydney Writers Festival, made it possible for Brisbane kids, of all ages, to enjoy David Walliams and Ed Kavalee in conversation.

David Walliams writes junior fiction and picture books, and is so good, that he is being heralded as the next Roald Dahl.  A big claim, yet, it seems applicable.  HarperCollins Kids publishes his books.  Check out the slideshow below of David’s books.  Congratulations to HarperCollins Kids for publishing such wonderful books, by such a phenomenal author.

(on a side note, HarperCollins Kids also publishes Jackie French!  And we are over the moon that she will be launching her Book Links Travelling Suitcase nest Tuesday, as part of National Simultaneous Storytime Celebrations.  Find out more HERE).

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The Brisbane Powerhouse is an amazing venue, for anything and everything.  Recently they hosted the IRL Digital Festival, which was very well attended.  It seemed to be the past, present, and future of gaming in once place.  And it was free to attend!  The Powerhouse was also the perfect venue for #WorldofWalliamsOZ!

Wallapalooza on ABC 3 this weekend!

So far, two of David Walliams’ books have been made into telemovies.  And thanks to the good folks over at ABC 3, all Australians, young and old, will be able to enjoy these films THIS WEEKEND!

David will be live in the studio on ABC from 5:25pm tonight!  Mr Stink will begin at 6pm.  And tomorrow, Gangsta Granny will begin at 6pm.  So make sure your TV is locked into ABC 3 this, and tomorrow, evening.

The Show

It would take a novel length blog post to do the show justice.  However, we know you’re all a busy bunch, so we’ll try to keep it short.  In fact, where possible, we’ll give you the details in dot points.

We do highly recommend, that if you ever get the chance, go and see David Walliams LIVE!  He is nothing short of inspirational, amazing and phenomenal (and some)!

  • David is SO good at character voices when reading his books!
  • Has a great deal of fun researching.
  • David Walliams plays the Prime Minister in the Mr Stink telemovie. The real Prime Minister is also called David, so some kids are confused about who the real Prime Minister is.

David on his Books

Question – Ed Kavalee – Is The Boy in the Dress autobiographical?”

Answer – David – “I’ve dabbled”.  (His sister used to dress him up & march him down the street in a mauve wedding dress).  “The last time was 3-4 years ago”.

  • Gangsta Granny was somewhat based on his Granny.  He used to think she was boring, as they used to do things like playing scrabble (one of our favourite games for the record).  David’s Granny talked about the Blitz, Granny has really exciting stories to tell.  “As young people, we don’t realise what stories older people have.  We think they’ve always been old”.

The Writing Process

  • If you’re going to write, it’s really good to always have an evil villain.
  • Keep your eyes open, you never know when a good story will pop up.

Question – Ed – Are you reading out loud when you write?

Answer – David – No, I actually act it out, as I come from an acting background in Little Britain.

Stage Adaptations and Film Options

  • Gangsta Granny & Mr Stink have been adapted for the stage.
  • Ratburger & Demon Dentist have been optioned for films!

New Books!

  • David was writing his new book on Tuesday – there are Raj scenes, he is back.  Grandpa’s Great Escape.  Grandpa lives in a Maximum Security Twighlight Zone, and his Grandson attempts to set him free.
  • The Bear Who Went Boo.  A picture books about a naughty little polar bear that annoys everyone.

David Meeting the Queen

David told us that he has met the Queen of England on a few occasions.  He said, that before one meets the Queen, that one is briefed on appropriate etiquette, and what one may or may not do or say.

David told us that he was absolutely itching to ask the Queen, “Have you read Gangsta Granny?”  As well as David, would LOVE to know if she has.

Q&A Session

David and Ed ran a Q&A session at the end of their presentation.  The only complaint that we have, is that adults weren’t allowed to questions.  Well, not really, it was all about the kids, and they really did ask stellar questions.

Here are our favourites from the session:

Q – When you were a kid, how did you feel about writing & acting?

A – Well I loved acting, I was quite a show off

Q – who’s your favourite character?

A – the villains!  The evil dentist witch.

Q – what inspired you to write children’s books?

A – I love reading children’s books.  It’s a great guilty pleasure.  (We completely agree!)

Q – have you ever known a thieving Granny?

A – no.  But it would actually be a great disguise.  If you’re a granny, you don’t look like you’re going to steal anything.

Q – what’s your favourite book that you’ve written?

A – Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone.  I let this woman called J.K. Rowling……. [lots of laughter from the crowd]  Actually, “Mr Stink”.

Q – do you have a good recipe for rat burgers?

A – I’ve never tried one, at least I don’t think I have.

Q – how come all the mothers are dead or split up?

A – at the start of the book, you need the child’s life to be not right.  So the story can make it better.

Q – will you ever set a story in Australia? 

A – I got asked same question in New Zealand.  It’s just easier to say yes (cheeky grin).

Q – where did you get idea for Awful Aunty?

A – I have 3 aunties, and they’re all alive, so it wasn’t based on them…….

 

World of Walliams Website

Not surprisingly, David Walliams has a spectacular website, check it out HERE!

Now, we must finish, as we have a number of David Walliams books to read this weekend!

Book Links Lecture in Children’s Literature

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Announcing the inaugural Book Links Lecture in Children’s Literature

Book Links is pleased to announce the inaugural Book Links Lecture in Children’s Literature and welcomes lecture, critic and editor Dr Robin Morrow AM as the first guest speaker.

Dr Morrow has dedicated her life to children’s books—she is the President of International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Australia and Vice President of Aora Children’s Literature Research Centre NSW Inc. In 1971 she established The Children’s Bookshop at Beecoft in 1971, Sydney’s first specialist children’s bookshop in Sydney. She is widely published on children’s literature, has spent 10 years as Children’s Literature Reviewer for The Weekend Australian and has been acknowledged for her service to children’s literature and to the writing and publishing profession with a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours.

Do not miss what will be a remarkable unique opportunity to hear from a prominent figure in the children’s literature.

What:  Inaugural Book Links Annual Lecture
Time & date:  6.00–8.00pm, Thursday 25 June 2015
Where:  Auditorium 2, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Bank
Price: $20

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The Book Links Lecture in Children’s Literature, presented by Book Links and Queensland Writers Centre, is designed to raise the profile and value of children’s literature and to stimulate discussion and disseminate the results of current research on children’s literature.

Another Reminder of How Awesome Romancing the Stars can be – book your tickets now to avoid missing out!

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ONLY 2 WEEKS TO GO!

Have you booked your tickets yet?  They’re selling fast, and as we have a limited amount of tickets, make sure you book now so you don’t miss out!

 

Hi everyone!  Not long until Romancing the Stars 2015.  Check out these two short films, skilfully put together by Peter Allert, from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 events to see what Romancing the Stars is all about.  Then, book your tickets!  You can find the booking details here.

Romancing the Stars 2014

Romancing the Stars 2012 & 2013 Highlights