Category Archives: SCBWI

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.

Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale – 27-30 July, 2014

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The Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale is ‘one of the most successful and well-run festivals in Australia.  It doesn’t get better than this,’ Jackie French, Gladstone Observer, 25 July, 2012.

Now if Australia’s current Children’s Laureate feels that way about The Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale, then we should all find out more.

Click on the Press Release below to find out the latest news, and if you want to know about the authors attending, and what they looked like as children, then you simply must click on the Author Profiles.

Press ReleaseCCLC Media Release 31 March 2014

Author Profiles –  Guest presenters Poster A4-1

For BOOKINGS, please click HERE.


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.

authors doing speed-dating

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.

In Conversation with David Mackintosh & Robyn Sheahan-Bright

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In Conversation with David Mackintosh and

Robyn Sheahan-Bright

State Library of Queensland

Join us for an informal hour of conversation, where the acclaimed author, illustrator and designer will reveal insights in to his 20 years of working in children’s publishing. The discussion will focus on his children’s picture books, the publishing process and how he develops an idea for a book and approach to illustrating. David will also discuss his role as a book designer working with illustrators such as Lauren Child, in the production and development of their books. This presentation is aimed at anyone interested in publishing a picture book, artists interested in visual narrative and the book form. There will also be time for questions from the audience and some of his picture books will be on sale.

David will be in discussion with Robyn Sheahan-Bright, who published his first book.

Date: Thursday 20 March

Time: 6 pm

Venue: Auditorium 2, level 2, State Library of Queensland

Cost: Free, bookings , or phone 07 3842 9985

A selection of David’s books will be available for sale at the event.

For more information on David & his work visit

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Romancing the Stars – Mass Author Signing at Bulimba SS Today

The night of nights for children’s literature has arrived.  Romancing the Stars is only hours away.  We are pleased to announce that a number of the authors and illustrators will be available for book signings from 3:30pm this afternoon at Bulimba State School.

Check out the list below to see when your favourite authors and illustrators will be there, we look forward to seeing you all soon.

From 3.30 you can meet, chat to and have books signed by

1.       Isobelle Carmody

2.       Rosie Borella

3.       Emily Craven

4.       Samantha Wheeler

5.       Pamela Rushby

6.       Chris Bongers

7.       Jesse Blackadder

8.       Nicholas and Alison Lochel

9.       Katherine Battersby (from 4pm)

10.   Michael Gerard Bauer (from 4pm)


Can’t come at 3.30 but will be there

1.       Amanda Francey from 5pm

2.       Richard Yaxley from 5pm

3.       Rebecca Johnson from 5pm

4.       James Moloney – Romancing the Stars event only

5.       Josie Montano – Romancing the Stars event only

6.       Narelle Oliver – Romancing the Stars event only

7.       Peter Carnavas – Romancing the Stars event only

8.       Kate Knapp – Romancing the Stars event only

9.       Stephen Axelsen