Category Archives: Members

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

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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!

Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs presents the Book Links Annual Lecture in Children’s Literature

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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.

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Writing Workshops with Brian Falkner, Peter Carnavas, and James Moloney in 2016

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 SeriesSaturday, 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.

Brian Falkner

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.

Peter Carnavas

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

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.

 

Join, or renew your membership to, Book Links ONLINE!

Book Links Membership is now online!

Thank you to all of our renewing, and new members, who have joined us for 2016 using our one step online membership service.

New and renewing members can now join, or renew their membership to, Book Links (QLD) Inc. – the Centre for Children’s Literature online using our simple membership booking site.  Just click HERE to renew your membership to, or to join us for a stellar year in 2016!

Renew your membership to, or join, Book Links (QLD) Inc. – the Centre for Children’s Literature ONLINE!

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With life becoming increasingly hectic and busy, we figure you need an easier way to join, or renew your membership to, Book Links (QLD) Inc. – the Centre for Children’s Literature.  We now have a one-stop online shop for joining Book Links, and renewing your membership.  Just click HERE to renew your membership, or to join Book Links (QLD) Inc. to ensure you get discounts to Writing Workshops, Romancing the Stars, other events, local book shops, all the Children’s Literature news, and more.

And with bookings for Romancing the Stars, and the 2016 Write Links Writing Workshops opening soon, you must renew your membership now to ensure you get all the available membership discounts on events.