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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.

An opportunity, & we need your help! Book Links – The Centre for Children’s Literature & The Cultural Precinct Master Plan

The Queensland Government is consulting the community about upgrading the Cultural Precinct at South Bank. They have developed a Cultural Precinct Master Plan, and now you, as a supporter of Book Links, have the opportunity to tell the Queensland Government how valuable an addition to the Cultural Precinct Book Links – The Centre for Children’s Literature will be.

Why? Queensland needs more Cultural Tourism, and what better than a Dedicated Children’s Space.

The Queensland Government, through Arts Queensland has commissioned Urbis, Cox Rayner and Lord Cultural Resources to develop the Cultural Precinct Master Plan to guide future development and investment in the Cultural Precinct over the next 20 years. Government is now seeking public feedback on the Draft Cultural Precinct Master Plan.

Find out more about the Cultural Centre Master Plan here:

You can also download a summary of the Master Plan here: Cultural Precinct Master Plan – summary

For further information, click here: –

Book Links and the Cultural Centre Master Plan

…as a society, the value we place on the culture of children’s literature is a measure of how much we value children…

We have been involved in the planning and consultation process, and now that members of the public have the opportunity to give their feedback on the Cultural Precinct Master Plan. As supporters of Book Links, we are sure that you would like to get involved in the public consultation process.

To see our submission, done in conjunction with the CBCA (QLD Branch), click here: Book Links concept for South Bank

Beth Green and Jenny Stubbs were invited to a meeting a couple of weeks ago where the invited groups were able to view plans and ask questions.

One planner said that top of the list should be a child centred facility e.g. Children’s Museum. Book Links put in a submission, above, supporting that idea and suggested it be based on celebrating story.

Establishments that currently make up the precinct do NOT support the concept of a separate centre for children. They wish to only cater for children as part of their particular facilities and programs – none of which are about stories or are similar to programs that could be run at a centre designed specifically for children.

What exactly is a children’s literature centre?  What can we offer the Cultural Precinct, Queenslanders, tourists and more?

Book Links member Peter Taylor has previously prepared a report on The Seven Stories Children’s Literature Centre in England. It gives great insights into what we could offer at Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature. Click here to read Peter’s report (with lots of great photos): Children’s Literature Centres – Seven Stories

 We only have until June 27 to tell the planners what we want!

What can you do to help? Let us help you help us!

If you believe that it would be worthwhile to have a children’s literature centre in a dedicated space, please tell them you would like it built – and persuade parents and friends and their friends, and teachers and everyone to do the same. A couple of sentences will be enough – but you’d like to write more, please tell them how you think it would be good for you, children and for Brisbane. There are some suggestions below. Further down there are links to the online survey, and the email address to send your suggestions to. We encourage you to use some of the points we have outlined below.

We think it’s very important to stress that it should be in its own dedicated building or space.

  • We would like it to be world class and world famous.
  • It would be good for Brisbane as it would attract tourists as well as be popular with local families and schools, and people who want to create books.
  • It would show the world what wonderful books Queensland and Australian authors and illustrators and publishers do create.
  • By sharing their stories, it would help bring understanding and friendship between our citizens from many national backgrounds, and indigenous Australians, engendering multi-culturalism.
  • It would bring stories to life and help children to enjoy them more – spoken stories, written stories and stories with illustrations.
  • Hands-on exhibitions, workshops, talks, drama and storytelling would inspire and encourage people of all ages to read, write, create artwork and tell their own stories, and help them to do so.
  • It would give people an opportunity to view original art and writing by Australian children’s book creators, which is not possible at present.
  • It would be easier to meet authors and illustrators and learn from and be inspired by them.
  • It would assist aspiring and emerging authors and illustrators in developing their craft.
  • The exhibitions could be sent all over Queensland and Australia for wider benefit.

Online Feedback Survey

This survey is quite short, it can take as little as five minutes. We see the most important questions that are relevant to Book Links as the three listed below, make them a top priority.

Q.3 – Interactive Children’s Learning Spaces

Q.4 – Children’s Education and Learning Spaces

Q.5 – Initiatives in the next 5 years – Book Links – The Centre for Children’s Literature

Written Submission or

Might we suggest a letter pleading our cases, especially if you are a ‘specialist’ of some sort e.g. an author, illustrator, teacher, teacher-librarian, parent or even a kid!

Thank you for your support!


QLD Cultural Precinct Master Plan – Stakeholder Engagement

Arts Queensland is developing a strategic vision and implementation plan to guide development and investment in the Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane, for the next 20 years.  Community stakeholders are being given the opportunity to have their say in an online surveyThe survey closes on 11 November, 2013.

(Please read the notes below before clicking HERE to participate in the survey).

Supporters of Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature have a unique opportunity to participate in developing the future of the QLD Cultural Precinct at South Bank.  We implore you to take the time to fill out the survey, focusing on the importance of including a dedicated Centre for Children’s Literature in the QLD Cultural Precinct.  Please mention that Book Links is an established incorporated association dedicated to setting up such a centre.

Key Points

One of the Master Plan’s Key Foci is to consider the future potential for Cultural Infrastructure and Building Requirements.  We have an opportunity to mention establishing Book Links – the Children’s Literature Centre here.  It is also worth mentioning that there are currently no cultural infrastructures dedicated entirely to children.

The following three points are included in the Guiding Themes for the development of the Cultural Precinct Master Plan.  It is important to refer to these points when giving feedback, and to explain how Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature will meet the needs of these guiding themes.

6. Expand Physical Capacity

There is still room for additional facilities in the Cultural Precinct, so there is certainly an opportunity for a physical space to be created for  Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature.

7. Engage all Segments of the Community

Though all the current institutions in the Cultural Precinct do cater to children, none are wholly dedicated to children, nor children’s literature.  Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature will not only engage children, but schools, families, authors and illustrators, as well as national and international tourists.

8. Widen Relevance

Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature will make the Cultural Precinct more relevant for children and families, as well as education providers of all levels.

No doubt there are more points that can be added to the above notes.  Please feel free to expand of what we have mentioned.  Please take the time to participate in the survey and have your say in the future of the QLD Cultural Precinct.  It is through opportunities such as this that organisations such as Book Links – the Centre for Children’s Literature can achieve their goals, and find a long-lasting home to conduct their activities.

Thank you for your time.