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.

Get Ready to Celebrate with the Big Lit Quiz of Children’s Literature

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!

Book your team now! $15.00 per team member
4 team members per group
Food supplied, BYO drinks

Proceeds go to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program



The Big Lit Quiz is based on the Kids Lit Quiz, which is an international competition for children held in March each year.

Held on Sunday the 26th of November from 12noon to 3pm.

Secondary Library, Moreton Bay College

450 Wondall Road, Manly West

Think Tank Inspires

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:

Photo by Maria Parenti-Baldey

President                    Yvonne Mes
Vice-president          Jenny Stubbs
Treasurer                  Andrew King
Secretary                   Leslee-Ann Hewson
Member Secretary  Tyrion Perkins

Nominations for Book Links AGM

Nominations for the management committee have now closed.

We have received the following nominations:


Yvonne Mes nominated by Jenny Stubbs seconded by Andrew King

Vice President

Jenny Stubbs nominated by Yvonne Mes seconded by Andrew King


Andrew King nominated by Jenny Stubbs seconded by Yvonne Mes

Members Secretary

Tyrion Perkins nominated by Yvonne Mes seconded by Jenny Stubbs


Leslee-Ann Hewson nominated by Jenny Stubbs seconded by Yvonne Mes


Book Links’ AGM and Think Tank on the Queensland Children’s Literature Centre

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.

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.

Please RSVP for the Think Tank via

This is a free event and includes lunch followed by the AGM.

Feel free to invite other who may be interested in this topic.

Jenny Stubbs
President Book Links (QLD) Inc.


Winner of the 2017 ‘Escape’ Young Writers Competition

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

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

Book Links & StoryArts present an exciting Writing Competition for children aged 10-14!


Write a story based on the 2017 Book Week theme  Escape 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

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 by 1 August 2017