Narelle Oliver Lecture

The Book Links Lecture in Children’s Literature is now called The Narelle Oliver Lecture

We are pleased to announce that guest speaker for the 2017 Narelle Oliver Lecture will be Libby Gleeson. She will address the topic:‘Books: The Possibilities for Change’

What happens when we read? What can books do for us? Libby Gleeson will look at what is happening to your brain as you read. The neurological sciences are discovering new understandings of the fascinating process that goes on as we take a story from the page. And what of the process for the writer?

Time & date:  6.00pm for 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Thursday 15 June 2017
Where:  St Aidans Anglican Girls’ School, Corinda
Price: Members of Book Links/QWC/CBCA $25, non-members $30  Food provided. Cash bar. Books on sale with A Lot of Books

Bookings now open.  Mark the date in your calendar.


About Libby Gleeson

Libby Gleeson AM is one of Australia’s most eminent and beloved children’s authors who has published over 30 books for children and teenagers.

Libby is a full-time writer who writes picture books, novels for younger readers as well as novels for young adults. She has also written books about writing and two episodes each of the ABC television series, Bananas in Pyjamas and Magic Mountain.

Libby’s books have been shortlisted for the CBCA Awards thirteen times, and won three times. The Great Bear (with Armin Greder) was the first Australian book to win the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award, in 2000.

In 1997 Libby was awarded the Lady Cutler Award for Services to Children’s Literature. She chaired the Australian Society of Authors 1999-2001, and in 2007 was awarded membership to the Order of Australia. Libby’s contribution to children’s literature was recognised with a special award at the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – for her writing, her work in education, her advocacy and her mentoring of young writers. She was awarded the 2011 Dromkeen Medal, an annual award presented to an Australian citizen for a significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children’s literature in Australia. Libby was awarded the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Children’s Fiction 2013 for Red and in 2015 she was given the Nan Chauncy which presented every two years to acknowledge a significant contribution to Australian Children’s Literature by CBCA.

Libby Gleeson is formerly Chair of the Australian Society of Authors, Chair of the Literature and History Committee of Arts NSW and a Director of the Copyright Agency. She is a Director of the Public Education Foundation and on the Board of Directors of Westwords, an arts organisation  catering for children and young people in Greater Western Sydney .


Announcing the second Book Links Lecture
in Children’s Literature

We are pleased to announce that guest speaker for the second Book Links Lecture in Children’s Literature will be the 2016-2017 Australian Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs. He will address the topic:

‘The mystery of Visual Literacy, and, why isn’t humour taken more seriously’

Leigh Hobbs doesn’t set out to create books with messages or that push or promote social issues. In fact, he doesn’t even set out to make his books funny. However, the characters he creates and lets loose on the world have, in words and pictures developed a life of their own.

And, on further examination all his books are about the issues which are very much central to the lives of children. How and what do children think when Angela tucks Old Tom into bed and asks him to be good ?  What makes kids accept that Mr Chicken is trying  his best to master French on his quick trip to Paris…?

Do not miss what will be a remarkable unique opportunity to hear from a prominent figure in the Australian world of children’s literature. This lecture sold out last year, so book early.

What:  Book Links Annual Lecture
Time & date:  6.00pm, Thursday 23 June 2016
Where:  State Library of Queensland
Price to attend lecture only: Members of Book Links/QWC $10, non-members $15
Price to attend lecture followed by VIP reception: Members of Book Links/QWC $25, non-members $30  Bookings are now open.  Mark the date in your calendar.

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About Leigh Hobbs

Artist and author Leigh Hobbs is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016 / 2017. He is best known in Australia and the UK for the twenty children’s books he has written and illustrated featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig, The Freaks in 4F, Mr Badger and Mr Chicken.

Old Tom was adapted into a very popular animated television series, Mr Chicken was adapted for the stage by the National Institute for the Dramatic Arts and Horrible Harriet is due to make her stage debut in Sydney in 2017.  Leigh was also a secondary school art teacher for twenty five years.

The Book Links Annual Lecture in Children’s Literature 2015

The inaugural Book Links Lecture in Children’s Literature, was presented by Book Links and the Queensland Writers Centre. It was designed to raise the profile and value of children’s literature and to stimulate discussion and disseminate the results of current research on children’s literature.

The first lecture was held at the State Library of Queensland, 25 June 2015 with a sellout-crowd coming to listen to Dr Robin Morrow. Robin has dedicated her life to children’s books and is the current President of International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Australia.  In 1971 she established The Children’s Bookshop at Beecoft in 1971, Sydney’s first specialist children’s bookshop in Sydney. She is widely published on children’s literature, has spent 10 years as Children’s Literature Reviewer for The Weekend Australian and has been acknowledged for her service to children’s literature and to the writing and publishing profession with a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2014 Australia Day Honours.

A report of the lecture was written by Book Links Vice-President Yvonne Mes and can be found here.

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