Category Archives: Romancing the Stars

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.

What is the Romancing the Stars event all about?

Hello everyone!

It seems that there’s been a lot of interest in our Romancing the Stars event.  In fact, for 2016, it will be plural, eventS.  Yes!  We are having two Romancing the Stars events in 2016!  The Brisbane event will be held on Thursday, February 18.  And on Friday, 26 February, there will be an event on at The Sunshine Coast.  Watch this space for more details.

To find out a little more, just check out this video:

What’s on in 2016? Children’s Literature Events Calendar.

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2016 looks to be a very promising year!  Check out the calendar below for all the details of Children’s Literature Events in and around Brisbane, and QLD.


2016 Calendar

Another Reminder of How Awesome Romancing the Stars can be – book your tickets now to avoid missing out!



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


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!


Romancing the Stars 2014 – A Review

Romancing the Stars 2014 was another unquestionably successful evening.  Guests, authors and illustrators began the evening meeting and greeting each other, often with a mouthful of the delectable array of food that was handmade by Book Links Committee members.  President Jenny Stubbs welcomed everyone to the event, with special mention of Gregory Rogers, who was present at the 2013 event.  Josie Montano took over the reins and introduced the authors and illustrators that guests would be speed-dating.

A special ‘Share the Love Launch’ was held for the authors and illustrators who have/had books coming out from January to March this year.  The authors and illustrators who had books launched were Peter Carnavas x 2, Amanda Francey, Jesse Blackadder, Josie Montano, Pamela Rushby and Rosie Borella.  We congratulate everyone on their recent publications, and look forward to another ‘Share the Love Launch’ at next year’s event.  Guests had the opportunity to purchase some of these books from Riverbend, despite the fact that the books had not yet been officially released.  Definitely a scoop for avid children’s literature fans.


Isobelle Carmody & Rosie Borella talked to us all about their shared history in writing and journalism.  It was an enlightening conversation, clearly these ladies share a wonderfully productive and creative friendship.

Rosie & Isobel

The speed-dating began.  Each author and illustrator had 3 minutes to talk about their recent works.  Three minutes was clearly not enough time, our guests were itching for more, and chased up their favourite authors and illustrators when the speed-dating session was finished.

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The speed-dating sessions were many things, including the following.  A history lesson – Pamela Rusbhy told us that the Plague in fact came to Brisbane in 1900, something she found out when researching for her latest release, “The Ratcatcher’s Daughter”.  An insight into how authors get their ideas – Katherine Battersby shared that stories come from inside us, things that concern us; and how to use experiences such as your work environment to inspire stories – Rosie Borella was inspired to write “The One and Only Jack Chant” after viewing a strange occurrence on CCTV at the nursing home she works in.   Taking stories beyond the page – Peter Carnavas talked to us about how two of his books have been adapted into a play and puppet show.  A lesson in the publishing process – Michael Gerard Bauer talked us through how the cover for his book “The Running Man” was chosen.  We even had an introduction to engineering processes thanks to Andrew King as he told us about his books “Engibear’s Dream” and “Engibear’s Bridge”.

A number of the authors and illustrators donated book as prizes for the quiz that was held after the speed-dating session.  It was a hotly contested quiz, with guests having to remember details from the speed-dating session.  More than one winner leapt from their chairs to give the correct answer in the hope of winning a book.

It was a wonderful evening, and we look forward to making it bigger and better in 2015.