The Big Lit Quiz 2019

Kid Lit community unites

Brisbane’s Kids Lit community celebrated their end-of-year party with a quiz based on children’s literature at Manly State School on 24th November, MC’d by Mia Macrossan. Writers, illustrators, teachers and teacher librarians formed cutely-named teams, such as Bubbly Bookworms, Snugglepots and Writing Birds. Eager participants answered questions in six categories, winning raffles and prizes. Popular categories were Book to Film, Made in Queensland and Know the Image.

Would you have known the answer to these questions?

1.      Stephen Michael King’s book about a colourful bear was shortlisted in the CBCA Book of the Year awards this year. What was it called? (Questions category: Bears)

2.      H is for Happiness is a feature film released at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August 2019. It is based on which Barry Jonsberg book? (Questions category: Book to Film)

3.      After which precious metal are Dorothy’s slippers in the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz named?  (Questions category: Footwear)

4.      What is the name of the Chinese Festival that gives the title to a novel by Sally Heinrich? (Questions category: Ghosts)

5.      Which Queenslander has just been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal? (Questions category: Made in Qld)

6.      Name the author/illustrator and title of this book. (Questions category: Know the image)

Kid Lit organizations: Book Links, Write Links, CBCA Qld, SCBWI, IBBY, QSLA, May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust supported this fun event. Book creators and organizations displayed a colourful array of pop-up banners.

Jenny Stubbs and her Book Links team organized this event and prepared a delicious lunch feast to enjoy. Everyone enjoyed the fun, friendship and games. Congratulations to the winning team of Trish Buckley, Claire Jackson, Alison Winfield and Dannika Patterson. Congratulations also to Megan Daley, winner of the art prize donated by Mark Wilson to StoryArts Festival Ipswich. Mark’s painting is from the book Flapper, VC.

Teams work together
End of year feast
Heads and Tails Game

Proceeds of the Big Lit Quiz this year will be going to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program.

Find out how the international Kids Lit Quiz competition works
In 2020, join us for three heats in Queensland: Ipswich, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Answers: 1. Rainbow Bear 2. My Life as an Alphabet 3. Silver (this was a trick question because in the book they are silver, but in the film they are ruby) 4. Hungry Ghosts 5. Remy Lai (not many knew this one, but congratulations to our local Brisbane author.) 6. Gregg Dreise

Blog: Karen Tyrrell

Photo credits: Maria Parenti-Baldey & Karen Tyrrell

Book Links Mentorship Winner Responds






I am honoured and humbled to have been awarded the Inaugural Book Links Mentorship award at this year’s Story Arts festival. The idea for the manuscript that was chosen for this mentorship was first inspired at the 2013 Story Arts Festival Ipswich during a conversation with Sue Whiting (then Publisher at Walker Books) and other writing colleagues at the dinner table. Now, six years later, after various drafts and reincarnations, this story has come full circle, back to where it all began and ready to move in a new direction through the mentorship process. I’m very grateful for the opportunity I’ve been given and for Story Arts and Book Links for providing it.

Debbie Kahl
Winner of the 2019 Book Links Mentorship

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 
In 2020 there will be three heats in Qld, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

This is an adult event but older children could come.