Category Archives: Queensland Events

Book Links presents: Romancing the Stars 2018

It won’t be long until you can mingle with the literary stars! Meet Queensland children’s authors and illustrators who will share their latest books, the stories behind their stories and feed you delicious bite-size insights into what it is like to create stories for children.

Now in its 7th year, come and join Book Links and Voices on the Coast, for two nights of entertainment, laughter, knowledge, reading, beverages and canapes, which of course, wouldn’t be complete with a book shop on site!

Whether you are a teacher and want to know what will appeal to the children in your class, or a librarian seeking out the latest and hottest books by local authors and illustrators, or perhaps you are a book creator yourself and want to see what everyone has been up to, or maybe you are a parent or lover of children’s literature and want a chance to find out more about the latest and greatest in children’s literature, whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it at Romancing the Stars!

Professional Development Certificates are available on request.

There is a  choice of two fabulous locations!

Thursday March 1, 2018
Brisbane, Indooroopilly
Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street
A list of the stars, their books and their bios can be found here.

Friday February 23, 2018
Sunshine Coast, Buderim
Immanuel Lutheran College, Library
126-142 Wises Rd
A list of the stars, their books and their bios can be found here.

Cost: $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.
Not a Book Links member yet? Head to our members page to sign up (membership $20.00 per person or $30.00 per family).

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

Sarah Davis workshop

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!

The Readers Cup Film – The Children’s Book Council of Australia – QLD Branch

Our friends over at the Children’s Book Council of Australia – QLD Branch have produced a film to tell us all about the Readers Cup.  Read on below, and get involved!

New film produced to promote reading quiz

The Qld Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia recently produced a film to promote their state wide competition, The Readers Cup.  The film tracks two teams as they prepare to compete in the Ipswich Region Competition.   Readers Cup attracts nearly 600 teams each year from across Queensland with regions stretching north to Cairns and west to Augathella. Designed to encourage young readers in Years 5-8, the competition has teams of four reading a set of books, then competing against other teams to answer the quiz questions.

Students are challenged to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading. They can compete at regional and state level similar to sporting competitions and meet other students with an equal passion for books.

With 589 teams competing across eighteen regions in June this year, and regional teams taking part in the state finals in September, it equates to around 3000 students reading 15 000 books in 2016. Students attending the finals also have the opportunity to attend Wordplay at The Brisbane Writers Festival, one of the sponsors of the competition.

The website http://readerscup.org.au/ provides information for teams and coordinators, lists regional books, competition dates and sample questions.

Two minute trailer:  http://bit.ly/2a8Ump5

Full video (about 20 mins):  http://bit.ly/2a3g3bq

The film was funded by CBCA Qld Branch and the Ipswich District Teacher-Librarian Network.  CBCA Qld received funds from Creative Partnerships Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund.

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

Leigh Hobbs   Australian Children's Laureate QWC logo

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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