Category Archives: Friends of Book Links Qld

Book Links Mentorship

Book Links is offering a mentorship open to Book Links members. Applicants are invited to submit a synopsis and the first two chapters or first 6000 words, of a work of fiction for either junior or YA readers, or 2 picture book manuscripts. 

The mentorship will provide the winner with the opportunity to develop their early draft manuscript to a publishable standard with a professional mentor. Applications will be assessed on literary and artistic merit and developmental potential.

  • The mentorship is valued at $1000.
  • The mentor is Robyn Sheahan Bright. 

Eligibility

  • You must have a completed manuscript which is not under consideration by any publishers.
  • Open to current financial members of Book Links Qld Inc.  If you are not a member and would like to join, click here.
  • Applications from emerging writers who have not yet published in book form, or who have published no more than two manuscripts, will be accepted.

How to apply

  • Pay the $10 application fee via Trybooking by clicking here
  • Submit your work via email

How to submit

Please submit the following in a single pdf or Word document, via email to info@booklinks.org.au with the Subject line MENTORSHIP2019

A synopsis and the first two chapters or first 6000 words, of a work of fiction for either junior or YA readers, or 2 picture book manuscripts. 

Include a cover page with Full name, address, phone number, email address, Trybooking ID (Found on the booking confirmation page)

Applications must be received by 9pm, 31 July

A longlist will be forwarded to the mentor who will make the final selection.

After the winner is announced Saturday 19 October, the mentor Robyn Sheahan Bright will then read the entire work (s) written by the successful applicant, and write an appraisal. She will engage with the applicant by phone, email or face-to-face for approximately 12 hours in order to offer advice regarding the development of the manuscript. She will offer advice not only on the manuscript but also on publishing prospects and avenues.

The Mentor

Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright has operated Justified Text Writing and Publishing Consultancy Services since 1997, and is widely published in children’s literature, Australian fiction and publishing history. She has judged literary awards, mentored and offered editorial advice to writers, lectured in writing and publishing courses, and regularly assesses post-graduate creative writing theses for several universities.

Robyn writes both teachers’ notes and reading group notes for major publishers. She was inaugural director of and is a Life Member of the Queensland Writers’ Centre, and was co-founder of Jam Roll Press. Her publications include Paper Empires: A History of the Book in Australia (1946–2005) (2006) co-edited with Craig Munro. She has been Program Manager of the APA’s biennial Residential Editorial Program since 1999. She is President of the IBBY Australia Committee, and a member of the Board of the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance. She was recipient of the CBCA’s Nan Chauncy Award in 2012, and of the QWC’s Johnno Award in 2014.

Kat Apel Workshop

POETRY VERSES PROSE

With Kathryn Apel

Learn how writing in verse develops writing muscle and sparks creativity.

If you’re interested in poetry – or intimidated – this workshop will equip you with a variety of simple techniques to build writing muscle and spark creativity, across all genres.

This workshop is delivered through Queensland Writers Centre’s partnership with Book Links QLD Inc. Special prices apply for members of both organisations.

About Kathryn Apel:

Kathryn Apel is a born-and-bred farm girl who’s scared of cows. She lives among the gum trees, kangaroos and cattle on a Queensland grazing property. Kat loves pumping poetry because she can flex her muscles across other genres, to bend (and break) writing rules. A trained teacher and literacy consultant, Kat shares her passion for words at schools and festivals. She has written a number of verse novels for young readers: Bully on the Bus, On Track and Too Many Friends. More about Kat.

Date: Sunday 16 June 2019
Venue: Room 1b, State Library of Qld
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Workshop Cost: $20 Book Links and QWC members | General admission $35

Book Here: on Eventbrite

Caroline Magerl to Run Workshop

Caroline Magerl workshopAuthor and illustrator Caroline Magerl will be running the next Write Links workshop on Saturday 4 May from 12:30 – 2:00 pm at State Library of Queensland before the Write Links people meet to network and critique.

We are fortunate to have Caroline share some of her tips with us.  It doesn’t matter if you are an illustrator or not, this session will give you insights into the creative process.

Caroline Magerl is a Sunshine Coast based picture book author/illustrator. Her previous works have been awarded the 2001 Crichton for new illustrators (Aus) and A Bank Street College of Education 2017 “Best Children’s Books of the Year” (USA).

Maya and Cat cover image (1) 360X400Her latest book Maya and Cat was released by Walker Books Australia in Aug 2018 and Caroline was in London for the UK launch in Feb 2019.  Candlewick Press USA will release it in May 2019. The book is on the CBCA Notable list and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award shortlist for 2019.

Original illustrations from Maya and Cat were exhibited during an international launch at The Chris Beetles Gallery, St James, London where Caroline’s work is permanently represented.

Find out more about this book creator at her website.

The workshop is $15 for Book Links members and $25 for non-members. Bookings are essential as these workshops normally sell out. Book here.

The Workshop
Find out about Caroline Magerl’s process for illustrating.
There will be practical demonstrations.
View examples of roughs from Maya and Cat.

The session will cover:
How to go about initial sketches, to establish an overall style.
Designing spreads and considering options for page layout.
How to go from black and white concept drawings to colour.

Even if you are not an illustrator, you will have a chance to create and we will supply the materials.  However if you are an illustrator and prefer to bring your own equipment, we will be using watercolour paper, brush size 10 or bigger, a small selection of basic colours, such as blue, red, yellow and an HB pencil and eraser.

Young Writer and Illustrator Workshops

Book Links has been offering young writers and illustrators an opportunity to learn new skills through a series of workshops in 2019. Our first workshop had fifteen young illustrators working with Katrin Dreiling on Sunday 17 March.  They took away with them a small artist’s book that they had both written and illustrated. The young creators had a great time.

Katrin Dreiling workshop

The next workshop is Sunday 14 April with author Dave Lowe. Dave will look at the skills needed to be an author, including: Creating interesting characters; ‘Show not Tell’; Writing exciting dialogue; Keeping the pace high; Starting with a bang; Writing humour; and Editing. By the end of the session, writers will have started their own incredible stories. 1:00-3:00pm, $10 members, $15 non-members.  Book here

Make sure you spread the word about these workshops through your schools and social networks.

Talking Ideas: The Narelle Oliver Lecture

We are pleased to announce that guest speaker for the fourth Narelle Oliver Lecture – Book Links Annual Lecture in Children’s Literature will be indigenous writer Bruce Pascoe. This year it will be presented in partnership with Talking Ideas, a State Library of Queensland series of events.

The Lecture will be acknowledging the International Year of Indigenous Languages and Bruce Pascoe will be encouraging us to teach children the truth about Australia’s history. Pascoe is a long-time student and teacher of Wathaurong language and has worked extensively on the resurrection of the Yuin language understanding that culture is embedded in language.

What:  Talking Ideas: The Narelle Oliver Lecture
Time & date:  7.00pm, Friday 24 May 2019
Where:  State Library of Queensland
Price to attend: Members of Book Links $17, non-members $37

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ABOUT BRUCE PASCOE

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong, Yuin and Tasmanian man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor.

In 2018, Bruce was the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature and The Dreamtime Person of the Year Award. His book Fog a Dox won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. His book is Dark Emu, won the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year Award in 2016. Bangarra Dance Theatre presented a major new dance work inspired by the book Dark Emu in Brisbane in 2018. It explored the vital life force of flora and fauna in a series of dance stories.

His younger reader book Mrs Whitlam was shortlisted in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in 2017. His younger reader edition of Dark Emu is due for release in June 2019.

Find out more about Bruce Pascoe in this Guardian interview and watch his TEDx Talk here.

The Library Shop will have a selection of Bruce Pascoe’s books available for sale at the event and you are invited to meet him post-event to have your book signed.

MAKE A NIGHT OF IT
Come along early and enjoy live music, hot snacks, cold beer and wine at the Library Café Bar.

ABOUT TALKING IDEAS
Live events with the world’s best authors, thinkers and commentators.
Find out about other Talking Ideas events at http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/ideas.

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Romancing the Stars in March

IMG_1840 121KBThe month of March is the time to get ready to speed date the authors. The first event is on the Sunshine Coast in collaboration with Voices on the Coast on Friday 8 March. The aim is to meet 18 of the authors and illustrators who have had new books out in the previous 12 months and get an insight into the creator and their books. Of course there is food and drinks plus the chance to win books and sometimes artwork in the raffle and the quiz. It’s loads of fun and everyone enjoys the social atmosphere and the chance to rub shoulders with the literati of the children’s literature world.

Find out who will be at the Sunshine Coast event.

Then check out the talent for the Brisbane event Friday 15 March at St Joseph’s Nudgee College.

Big Kids Lit Quiz raises funds for IBBY

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Congratulations Big Kids Lit Quizzers!

Thank you. You have helped raise $500 for IBBY. So much fun and frivolity was had last year that this end of year’s luncheon numbers increased from 24 to 40. Yahoo to you Kids Literature supporters!

As we sat in air-conditioned comfort, we were entertained by feisty MC Mia Macrossan. Accolades to Mia who kept some 40 participants on the hop firing out six rounds of quiz questions. Much nail biting and open disbelief at the obvious answers had a few rubbing their chin and thumping their foreheads. Some team members exclaimed, ‘Oh! We knew that… Why didn’t we write it down…’ when the MC read out the answers.

Some of the categories were colour (clever use of titles with colour), visual illustrations (very difficult – next time we need front covers of books with blanked-out text), made in Queensland. It was very exciting when each winning team in a category selected a free book from the gourmet books. Much appreciation to Dimity Powell for the huge donation of books.

After the scrumptious first course, the Quiz started. Its focus was children’s books – from Picture Books to YA novels. In between breaks was the favourite game of Heads and Tails. All ran seamlessly with thanks to co-ordinator Jenny Stubbs and her quiz question expert Mia.

The luncheon of fresh Christmas meats, roast chicken, smoked fish, pumpkin and spinach salad, green salad, super food salad and condiments was a huge hit. For dessert, the create-your-own pavs with choices of freshly cut fruit pieces and double dollop cream left a delightfully sweet taste as motivation for next year. Massive thank you to Jenny and Shirley Stubbs for their extraordinary MasterChef expertise.

Awards were presented on the day. Story Links Writing Competition co-ordinator Mia Macrossan presented winner Debbie Smith with her prize.

Also, CBCA Qld President Trisha Buckley presented Judith Russell with a special plaque for being made a Life Member of the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Thank you to our wonderful authors and illustrators, members from Book Links, Write Links, Story Links, CBCA Qld, SCBWI, QSLA, May Gibbs Childrens’ Literature Trust, Last Tuesday Book Club plus teachers, librarians, teacher-librarians, library technicians for joining us for this social Christmas event.

With this achieved, we look forward to an even greater 2019 Big Kids Lit Quiz Xmas Luncheon.