Children’s Story Art: an exhibition of local children’s book illustrators








The works of three prominent artists in the field of children’s literature will be on view and for sale at the Richard Randall Art Studio, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha from Wednesday 9 – Sunday 13 October from 10am – 3pm daily.

Join us for the opening event of the Book Links Children’s Story Art Exhibition  on Wednesday evening 9 October from 6:30 – 8:30pm. This is a free event.
Books and artwork for sale. Book here 

Lucia Masciullo is an award-winning artist from Italy who has collaborated with several Australian and English publishers to illustrate fifteen books. Paul O’Sullivan lives on the Sunshine Coast and is best known for his collaboration with the writer Gary Crew. Helene Magisson started her artistic career as a painting restorer in Paris where she was trained in the art of medieval illumination. All three artists are distinguished for the beauty of their work and their individuality of expression.

For more information call Mia Macrossan on 0412 803 172.

Rebecca Johnson Workshop and AGM

Get prepared for StoryArts Brisbane!

Rebecca Johnson will speak about how she became a writer and what inspired it, her very different writing style from many other authors and how this has allowed her to be able to find the balance between working part-time and writing. She will also talk about verbal pitching in the very early stages and the challenge of marketing your books once you are published.

Rebecca Johnson is an award-winning Australian author and primary-school science teacher who has written more than 100 children’s books. Her works include the Steve Parish story Book collection, the Juliet – Nearly a Vet series, the Vet Cadet series, the Insect Series, and the Steve Parish Reptiles & Amphibians Story Book range.

This is a free event and we hope you can join us.

Stay on for the AGM prior to Write Links.

When:  Rebecca Johnson 12:30pm | AGM 2:15 pm | Write Links 3:00 pm
Saturday 5 October, 2019

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Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

Book Week Events


The short story writing competition for children closes 31 August, 2019. Don’t forget to tell your young writers to get their stories in to have a chance to win $100.
More information here

Book Week Events




Josie Montano and ‘The Secret Science Society’
24 August 2019 1:00 PM

Welcome to a full hour of spectacular literary fun as award-winning author Josie Montano, will be representing the dynamic duo, (Kathy Hoopmann) to introduce their new novel, ‘The Secret Science Society’s Spectacular Experiment’. Learn how they co-wrote together and meet their zany bunch of diverse characters. Conduct your own writing experiment and… well, we could tell you more, but shhhh, it’s a secret!

Recommended for 8 – 12 years
Saturday 24 August – 1:00pm -2.00pm. | Free event | BOOK HERE

Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101




Meet the author Pip Harry out from Singapore on her May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship. Find out about her new verse novel The Little Wave and try your hand at writing a verse poem.

Have you ever written to a penfriend? Pip’s characters tell each other about their favourite and least favourite things. You may be asked to tell yours, but shhh, it’s a secret.

Recommended for 8 – 13 years
Date: Sat 24 August  2:15-3:15pm. | Free event | BOOK HERE

Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

StoryArts Brisbane Feedback Sessions





Pitch Before you Send Your Manuscript for Feedback

Are you coming to StoryArts Brisbane and need to get feedback on your work?
Then read on…

We are doing things a little differently at StoryArts Brisbane.

In addition to submitting your manuscripts for feedback, we are giving you the option to query first. This option to query before you submit will mean your chosen editor or agent can choose which manuscript they are most interested in reviewing for your feedback appointment. This is an optional process. You will not be disadvantaged in any way if you don’t take part in this additional step.

If you wish to book an individual session with an editor or agent with one completed manuscript or picture book(s) in mind, please skip the Query First Process and submit your manuscript and accompanying information as per the ‘Submission’ instructions on the website.

Query First Process.

If you have more than one completed manuscript, or more than two picture books, you have the option to let your agent or editor choose which manuscript(s) they would like to give feedback on. You can submit query pitches for up to five different manuscripts and/or picture books. These are in the style of a twitter pitch. The choices you provide your editor or agent can be in the same or multiple genres. For example, you may wish to put forward one chapter book and two picture books. The editor or agent can then either select your chapter book or your two picture books.

We strongly suggest that your query pitches are from completed manuscripts. Once the editor or agent receives your queries, they will choose which one or ones of most interest. You will then send your manuscript, query letter and synopsis for the manuscript that was chosen by your booked agent or editor.

Query pitches due 24 August, 2019 

Booked out – Saturday

Marisa Pintado – Hardie Grant Egmont – middle-grade,YA and non-fiction

Susannah Chambers – Allen & Unwin – Picture Books, Early Readers and Middle grades as well as portfolios


Available – Saturday

Sarah Davis – Walker Books – Picture Books, Early Readers and Middle grades as well as portfolios

Rowena Beresford – Yellow Brick Books – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and portfolios

Justine Barker – Mayfair Literary Agency – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and YA

Emily Leghezzolo – Wombat Books and Rhiza Edge – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and YA


Available – Sunday

Marisa Pintado – Hardie Grant Egmont – middle-grade,YA and non-fiction

Susannah Chambers – Allen & Unwin – Picture Books, Early Readers and Middle grades as well as portfolios

Rowena Beresford – Yellow Brick Books – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and portfolios

Justine Barker – Mayfair Literary Agency – Picture Books, Early Readers, Middle grades and YA

Upcoming Events

There are a number of Book Links events coming up in July for both young people and the general public.

Young Writers Workshop

This is a workshop on writing short stories which can later be entered into the
Story Links short story competition for young writers.
It will be delivered by author Dimity Powell.
Book here!

Dimity Powell loves filling every spare moment with words. She writes and reviews exclusively for children and is the Managing Editor for Kids’ Book Review. Dimity has published over 28 stories but believes picture books are food for the soul, consuming them regularly and relishes creating her own including The Fix-It Man, (2017), At the End of Holyrood Lane, (2018) both with illustrator, Nicky Johnston and, Pippa, due July 2019. Dimity is also a tutor for the Write Like and Author Program.

Find out more about Dimity Powell

Recommended for 9 – 13 years.
Saturday 13 July – 10:00 am -1.00 pm.
Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members


Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101





Young Illustrators Workshop

Remy Lai studied fine arts, with a major in painting and drawing. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore, and currently lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes and draws stories for kids with her two dogs by her side. Pie in the Sky is her debut middle-grade novel and comes out in June 2019. This is a graphic novel so if you want to learn more about comic style illustration, this is the workshop for you.
Book here.

Find out more about Remy.

The Workshop

Do you love drawing?  Would you like to learn what an illustrator does? If you have booked in to the short story writing workshop in the morning, bring your story with you to illustrate.   Get ready to draw lots and learn!

What you need to bring:

– a story that you would like to illustrate
– drawing materials : pencils, black felt-tip marker, eraser, sharpener
– drawing paper/photocopy paper (We’ll have some of this as back up)

Date: Sat 13 July  2:00-3:30 pm,
Cost: $5 Book Links members | $10 non-members


Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101






Join Mia Macrossan in conversation with WA based author A J Betts, author of Zac and Mia, Hive and Rogue coming out June 2019.

Date: Saturday 20 July, 2019
Time: 1.30 – 2:30 pm followed by afternoon tea
Cost: Entry by donation.
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A.J. Betts is an author, speaker, teacher and cyclist. Her latest novel HIVE (Pan Macmillan Australia, July 2018) is the first of a young adult duology. Its sequel ROGUE will be released late June, 2019. A.J.’s bestselling third novel, ZAC & MIA, won the 2012 Text Prize, the 2014 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, and the 2014 Ethel Turner prize for young adults at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards. ZAC & MIA is available in 14 countries and was adapted for American television in 2017/18. Her earlier novels are WAVELENGTH and SHUTTERSPEED. In 2018, A.J. completed a PhD at ECU on the topic of wonder in literature. A J. is originally from Queensland but has lived in Perth since 2004.


Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

Bruce Pascoe delivers the 2019 Narelle Oliver Lecture

With both auditorium 1 and 2 of the State Library of Queensland filled, this was the most well-attended Lecture of Children’s Literature, featuring Australian Aboriginal author, Bruce Pascoe who is an accomplished writer, editor, publisher and anthologist. He has Bunurong and Tasmanian family and is a Yuin man.

This was the 5th Lecture in Children’s Literature organized by Book Links. The lecture was renamed in 2017 to the ‘Narelle Oliver Lecture of Children’s Literature’ in memory of the Book Links’ co-founder, children’s author and illustrator.

This year saw a successful partnership between Book Links and the State Library of Queensland as part of their Talking Ideas series. The lecture was live-streamed from Auditorium 1 into Auditorium 2 and is now available on YouTube.

The lecture coincided with the release of Bruce Pascoe’s book for younger readers, Young Dark Emu adapted from his book for adults Dark Emu, published by Magabala Books.

Kelsey Iris who entertained guests before the lecture began, also sang about inland rivers in her language which saw a fitting opening to the lecture. Acknowledgement of country by Des Crump was followed by the announcement by Mia Macrossan of the winner of the Story Links short story writing competition, Genevieve Young.

Vicki McDonald, State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer introduced Bruce Pascoe.

The focal point of Bruce Pascoe’s talk was the importance of telling children the truth and the value of kindness and the intellectual gift of doubt.

Bruce Pascoe shared stories from his upbringing and the love of reading as a child and young adult.

Enjoying the experience of a different view of the world that books offer, most of his reading as a child and young adult had been Eurocentric. As a teacher he introduced children to classics such as, ‘Of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck.

His schooling and Eurocentric understanding of the world had shaped his views and it was his Aunty and his Aboriginal family who gently guided him to another truth; the truth that had always been apparent to his Aboriginal peers who had not been exposed to the school system of the time.

After his Aboriginal reeducation, while researching colonists’ diaries looking for notations of massacres of Aboriginal peoples, he came across many agricultural notations which culminated in Dark Emu.

Bruce shared how he wept about had to be left out of the book, due to its increasing size, because of the numerous examples and prolific evidence of a sustained agricultural society before the European invasion.

He talked about the current loss of fishing and birds and wants children to grow up to query a society that lets this happen.

However, Bruce sees a shift  in today’s farming, based on the practices of the First Nations people and their management of the land, before the land was ruined by the grazing and compacting of the earth by introduced animals and before ‘the war for land was lost by smallpox’.

These changing farming practices, Bruce believes, will lead to an agricultural revolution. Bruce calls on Australians to remember where this knowledge came from and for this to be recognised economically.

Bruce highlighted the importance of children re-adopting Aboriginal Law and is proud that kids can now be proud of their culture.

Knowledge is where good decisions come from and Bruce lamented the lack of truth in education and recognition of the evidence of agriculture by the First Nations people that was ignored by many, including professors, who read and had access to these manuscripts before Bruce. The inclusion of Dark Emu and Young Dark Emu will support those in education in teaching the truth and Bruce highlighted the importance of libraries and education for the relief of ignorance. His hope is that through Young Dark Emu, children will learn the history of their country.

There needs to be better conversations between indigenous and non-indigenous people and though he believes, ‘these conversations will be bruising, it is the young people that are going to change things.’

Dark Emu is Bruce’s monument to doubt and with Young Dark Emu he is teaching children to doubt as well as to be honest and fair.

‘Doubt is beautiful; we have to teach our children to be curious and enquiring.’

Written by Yvonne Mes

Romancing the Stars – Gold Coast

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We have a fabulous line-up for this Gold Coast event on Friday 17 June. Don’t miss out. Book Now!

Book Links and Somerset Storyfest invite you to join us on Friday evening 14 June to discover what books our local authors and illustrators have been creating recently for children and young adults.

Speed date 16 local stars and meet others informally. Book Launch of Tristan Bancks new book Detention. Great food and drinks. View and buy books from the QBD pop-up bookshop.  Raffle and quiz competition.

Meet: Brian Falkner, Candice Lemon-Scott, Gwyneth Jane Page, Jo Sandhu,  Lachlan Creagh, Lucas Proudfoot, Lucia Masciullo, Nette Hilton, Remy Lai, Stephen Axelsen, Tamsin Ainslie, Tristan Bancks, Zanni Louise, Megan Daley, Samantha Wheeler, Giuseppe Poli. MC: Yvonne Mes.

Are some of these names new to you? To find out more about the stars, check our website.

See some video clips of past events.

$25 Book Links members, $35 non-members Starts 6.00pm.

RSVP by 1pm Friday 7 June.

Venue: Somerset College, Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba,
Queensland 4213