Category Archives: Queensland Authors and Illustrators

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!

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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.

Marianne de Pierres’ Write Links Writing Workshop – August 6, 2016

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On Saturday 6th of August, Marianne de Pierres will be presenting the next in the Write Links Writing Workshop Series on World Building.  Bookings are now open, you can book HERE!

Marianne de Pierres is a multi-award winning Australian author of novels written in the science fiction, fantasy, crime, and young adult genres. Over the twenty years Marianne has been a professional writer, she’s acquired a wide skill base and knowledge about the craft and business of writing. Marianne is currently tutoring in writing at the University of Queensland and studying her PhD in Creative Writing?

Workshop:

World-building – create authentic fictional worlds without turning your novel into an indigestible travel diary. How much do you need to know before you begin? Learn what to put in and what to leave out. Marianne de Pierres workshops everything learned about world-building over seventeen genre novels.

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.

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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

Text Box: Book a ticket to the lecture now

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

Romancing the Stars 2015 – the Stars and booking details

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Here is the news you have all been waiting for: the Stars of Romancing the Stars 2015, and the booking details too.

Keep an eye on the Romancing the Stars Website for information about the Stars, and more!

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