What I got out of StoryArts Brisbane 2019

by Tyrion Perkins







Story Arts Brisbane offered an array of information and opportunities for writers of Children’s and Young Adult stories. A key moment for me was being able to submit the first two chapters of my YA manuscript to a publisher from interstate. She gave me delightfully positive feedback with some tips, and after discussion, she gave me her email so she could read more.

Another highlight was Mark Greenwood’s talk on researching history. When describing his book on the Thylacine, he mentioned someone who deserved her own book, and I later discussed with him how I would like to do it, and he offered to send me some of his research.

Franè Lessac shared her wealth of experience about working with diverse people and cultures across the globe. It was wonderful to see what she has done and I gleaned ways I could approach topics and work with more diverse people than I had dared to consider before.

The day was also great for hearing what publishers want – in the first panel of the day, and later, seeing their different reactions to the first pages of manuscripts read out. It helped me see their different tastes and get an idea who would be best to approach in the future for my different manuscripts.

Mentorship winner announced

The Inaugural Booklinks Mentorship was won by Debbie Kahl with her story ‘Gaijin Girl’. Debbie was over the moon with her win and rushed off immediately to phone her mother.

At the opening of StoryArts Brisbane Conference, Robyn Sheahan-Bright, mentor, congratulated the shortlisted entrants and commented that writers were to be congratulated for entering and producing such a high standard.


The shortlisted entries were:

  • Joanna Barrett (Nom de Plume: Joanna Talber) The Siege of Loechen Castle
  • Robyn Emerson (writing as Robyn Bornhorst) Time Squad
  • Jacqui Halpin Black Jack Turner and the Stockman’s Ghost
  • Debbie Kahl Gaijin Girl

The Big Lit Quiz 2019

The Big Lit Quiz 2019

Join us for an end of year party for the Kids Lit community with a quiz based on children’s literature.

  • Sunday 24th November from noon to about 3.30pm.
  • Manly State School, 63 Ernest St, Manly
  • Proceeds to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program.
  • Form a team and join the fun for $20 per team member. You can make up a team on the day.
  • Food supplied but BYO drinks.
  • Win prizes and raffles.

We invite CBCA Qld, SCBWI, IBBY, QSLA, May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, authors. illustrators, teachers, librarians, teacher-librarians, library technicians and any lovers of KidsLit to join us for lunch followed by rounds of quiz questions.  Members of the the highest scoring team each win a prize.

If you have a pop-up banner for your organisation or yourself as a book creator, please feel free to bring along to add to a pop-up display!

Find out how the international Kids Lit Quiz competition works http://www.kidslitquiz.com/australia.php 
In 2020 there will be three heats in Qld, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

This is an adult event but older children could come.

Change in editors for Wombat Books at BSAB

Rochelle Manners is pleased to be joining Book Links StoryArts Brisbane (BSAB) in 2019. She will be providing her insights into the industry on the publishing panel as well as the first pages session at the conference. Rochelle will be replacing Emily Lighezzolo from Wombat Books on panels and in feedbacks.

Rochelle Manners is the Director of Rhiza Press and Wombat Books. She is trained as a teacher, counsellor and has a Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing. Rochelle has also been an author in the educational market, and enjoys writing for a change to publishing.

Having worked in traditional publishing, editing, distribution and working with self-published authors, Rochelle has experience from all angles.

Rochelle will be looking at: Wombat Books: Picture books, middle grade books and illustration portfolios. Rhiza Edge – for edgy, relatable teen fiction for today’s youth.

Bookings for manuscript feedback have reopened for Rochelle.

StoryArts Brisbane is fast approaching

StoryArts Brisbane Conference

Book Links is proud to present StoryArts Brisbane.
The program will be held at the State Library of Qld 19-20 October, 2019.

The two day conference for writers, illustrators, tertiary students, teachers and librarians promotes excellence in children’s literature.

Participants will gain an insight into the stories behind some of our best book creators with ties to how literature supports aspects of the Australian Curriculum.

The conference aims to offer quality, affordable workshops and master classes. There will be key panel sessions with editors, agents, authors and illustrators and focused sessions with book creators.

Key presenters are Mark Greenwood, author of the 2019 CBCA Honour Book The Happiness Box, Frané Lessac, Sarah Davis, Lisa Shanahan, Heath McKenzie plus editors from Allen & Unwin, Hardie Grant, Wombat Books and Yellow Brick Books, and literary agents Alex Adsett and Justine Barker.

Saturday 19 October, 9:00 – 4:30 panels and breakout session
Cost: $95 (Book Links and CBCA members) $125 (non-members) includes morning tea and  lunch. Book here:  https://www.trybooking.com/BCDGU

Sunday 20 October, 10:00 – 4:00 – Masterclass with either Sarah Davis or Lisa Shanahan
Cost: $60 (Book Links and CBCA members) $90 (non-members). Meals not provided.
Book here for Sarah Davis
Book here for Lisa Shanahan

More information about the program and presenters


At the conclusion of the Saturday StoryArts program, Book Links are hosting an afternoon tea and the IBBY AGM where Mark Greenwood and Frané Lessac will be giving an address called Books Without Borders.   This is an add-on to StoryArts Brisbane so please book in if you wish to attend.

Cost for Address & Drinks: IBBY Members $5 Non-members $10
Eventbrite Bookings Payment at the door will also be accepted.
IBBY AGM 2019 final flyer (PDF)

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