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.
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.
Book Links is hosting the End of Year party for the Kid Lit Community in Queensland.
Held on Sunday the 26th of November from 12noon to 3pm.
Book Links invites members of the Children’s Book Council Australia (Queensland), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Queensland State Library, Write Links, the May Gibbs Trust and teachers, librarians, teacher-librarians and technicians and lovers of Children’s Literature to join us for lunch followed by five rounds of questions based on children’s literature.
With fabulous book prizes, and the enigmatic presence of quiz master and author Brian Falkner this is a party not to be missed!
The Think Tank held on Saturday the 14th of October was attended by a group of passionate members who shared their ideas on how to move the reality of a physical Literature Centre for Children and Young People forward.
The AGM, held on the same day, gave the new committee members renewed inspiration and fresh ideas .
The Committee would like to thank all who gave their time to support Book Links by attending the Think Tank and the AGM.
Our new Committee consists of:
President Yvonne Mes
Vice-president Jenny Stubbs
Treasurer Andrew King
Secretary Leslee-Ann Hewson
Member Secretary Tyrion Perkins
The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday the 14th of October at the State Library of Queensland, Southbank at the Queensland Writers Centre meeting room. (Level 2 near the reference desk).
Prior to the meeting we will be holding a special Think Tank chaired by Andrew King and Yvonne Mes on How to Establish a Children’s Centre for Children and Young People in Queensland.
Time Think Tank 10.30am followed by the Book Links AGM 2pm
Come and have your say, whether you are an individual or part of a larger group with an interest in the centre, we welcome your thoughts.
The Think Tank will be an incubator of ideas and an exploration of the possibilities, aiming to clarify the goals of the centre, the who, what and where, and how to propel Book Links forward in making this centre a reality in Queensland.
An online writing workshop with Jack Heath was held on the 6th of June and delivered with the support of the Brisbane School of Distance Education. The workshop focussed on the CBCA Children’s Book Week theme for 2017, Escape to Everywhere.
Participants were invited to enter a writing competition on the theme. Members of Write Links provided their top 5 from the list of 50 entries and Jack Heath did the final judging. All judges commented on the high standard of entries.
Most entries in the competition came from schools that participated in the online workshop.
On the evening of Tuesday the 5th of September, Jack Heath gave a talk at Ipswich Grammar School where three of the shortlisted finalists attended and received their prizes from Jack Heath and had their photos taken with him.
“I emphasise that each of these authors has potential.”– Jack Heath
Name Story School Jache Escape From Everywhere Ipswich West State School
Second Name Story School
Jessica Ant (Escape to Everywhere) Bracken Ridge
Highly Commended Name Story School
Jack Overworld Bell State School
Gabrielle Run. Escape. Live Canberra
Name Story School Lily The tracks of time Elermore Vale NSW
Gabrielle Waiting, Watching Canberra
Ayan Stalling Middle Ridge State School, Toowoomba
Ruby Ripples Wooloowin
David Bryan Escape into a story Brisbane and out of an orphanage
Matilda Beyond the Gate Ashgrove
Charlotte Escape From the War Ipswich West State School
Jacklyn Evil Wizard Empire Windorah
Write a story based on the 2017 Book Week themeEscape to Everywhere
Competitions for 10-12 and 13-14 year olds
Do you like writing stories?
Enter the Book Links Writing Competition!
Winners will be announced at the StoryArts Festival Ipswich at a
free public session with Jack Heath on Tuesday 5th September
at Ipswich Grammar School, Darling St, Ipswich commencing at 6pm
Looking for inspiration and some ideas?
Suggested Reading: 300 minutes of Danger by Jack Heath, The Cut Out by Jack Heath Escape to the Moon Islands series by Mardi McConnochie
Then: Write a story on an escape theme. (Limit of 2000 words)
Prizes: $100 First and $50 second, Books signed by Jack Heath and a photo shoot with him if you can come to Ipswich 5 September, an option for the winning entries to be published online on the Book Links website.
Send your entries to: Book Links Qld Inc., C/- QWC, PO BOX 3488, SOUTH BRISBANE QLD 4101 or email to email@example.com by 1 August 2017