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Book Links presents: Romancing the Stars 2018

It won’t be long until you can mingle with the literary stars! Meet Queensland children’s authors and illustrators who will share their latest books, the stories behind their stories and feed you delicious bite-size insights into what it is like to create stories for children.

Now in its 7th year, come and join Book Links and Voices on the Coast, for two nights of entertainment, laughter, knowledge, reading, beverages and canapes, which of course, wouldn’t be complete with a book shop on site!

Whether you are a teacher and want to know what will appeal to the children in your class, or a librarian seeking out the latest and hottest books by local authors and illustrators, or perhaps you are a book creator yourself and want to see what everyone has been up to, or maybe you are a parent or lover of children’s literature and want a chance to find out more about the latest and greatest in children’s literature, whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it at Romancing the Stars!

Professional Development Certificates are available on request.

There is a  choice of two fabulous locations!

Thursday March 1, 2018
Brisbane, Indooroopilly
Ambrose Treacy College, Twigg Street
A list of the stars, their books and their bios can be found here.

Friday February 23, 2018
Sunshine Coast, Buderim
Immanuel Lutheran College, Library
126-142 Wises Rd
A list of the stars, their books and their bios can be found here.

Cost: $25.00 for members and $35.00 for non-members.
Not a Book Links member yet? Head to our members page to sign up (membership $20.00 per person or $30.00 per family).

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.

Book links QLD Big Lit Quiz End of Year Event Report

Book links QLD  Big Lit Quiz End of Year Event Report by Dimity Powell November 2016

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Apart from some scintillating company and a mouth-watering repass of cold meats, salads, pastries, and Pavlova, the recent Book Links End of Year event proved much more challenging than your average pre-Christmas shindig.

Over 35 lovers of Kids Lit from all corners of the industry including authors, illustrators, teacher librarians and technicians and custodians of such organisations as SCBWI, CBCA QLD and the May Gibbs Trust converged at Padua College in Brisbane’s northeast for a fantastic afternoon of quizzing embarrassment. Well for some of us perhaps, for others it was a chance to brandish their literary prowess whilst raising much needed funds for IBBY, the international organisation committed to bringing books and children together.

Quiz master and president of Book Links QLD, provided some curly questions covering an assortment of literary themes including: animals, food and drink, war, first lines and Aussie orientated work to eight teams of four players each.  It was interesting to note that no matter what our involvement in this industry and our accessibility to kids’ reading matter, poor retention rates resulted in some questionable scores. I blame age and excess of information (my brain is just far too small to fit in every tantalising trivial fact and literary quote) and I take my cap off to the dozens of upper primary and secondary school kids who play these quizzes for real each year.

Despite stiff competition, my team, The Series of Authors, came in a respectable fourth place!

Lucky door prizes, book donations, and raffles ensured everyone left with enough reading matter to boost their bookish knowledge in readiness for the next Big Kid’s Lit Quiz. I know I have some ground to read up.

All agreed, this was a wonderful amalgamation of many sectors of our industry and a fun way to draw people together not to mention expand their appreciation of great books for kids.

Well done Book Links for facilitating this event and Mia Macrossan for ably emceeing proceedings.

Dimity Powell

Children’s author & Book reviewer

www.dimitypowell.com

Marianne de Pierres’ Write Links Writing Workshop – August 6, 2016

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On Saturday 6th of August, Marianne de Pierres will be presenting the next in the Write Links Writing Workshop Series on World Building.  Bookings are now open, you can book HERE!

Marianne de Pierres is a multi-award winning Australian author of novels written in the science fiction, fantasy, crime, and young adult genres. Over the twenty years Marianne has been a professional writer, she’s acquired a wide skill base and knowledge about the craft and business of writing. Marianne is currently tutoring in writing at the University of Queensland and studying her PhD in Creative Writing?

Workshop:

World-building – create authentic fictional worlds without turning your novel into an indigestible travel diary. How much do you need to know before you begin? Learn what to put in and what to leave out. Marianne de Pierres workshops everything learned about world-building over seventeen genre novels.

Writing Workshops with Brian Falkner, Peter Carnavas, and James Moloney in 2016

2016 Promises to be one of our best years yet.  So far we have three innovative Write Links Writing Workshops planned.

  • Brian Falkner – Introduction to Write Like an Author.  Saturday, February 6.
  • Peter Carnavas – Picture Books.  Saturday, March 5.
  • James Moloney – Planning a SeriesSaturday, May 7.

Find out more below, and click HERE to book to avoid disappointment.   You can also renew your membership, or become a member at this link too.  This will give you discount rates to all writing workshops, as well at local Book Shops.

Brian Falkner

Author Brian Falkner has created a set of resources that can be used to inspire young writers to ‘write like an author’. This is an introduction to the materials he has created. For more information on the content visit http://www.writelikeanauthor.com This is a great opportunity to see how Brian presents his workshops for children in the middle years of schooling.

Peter Carnavas

In this workshop, Peter will cover many aspects of picture book creation.  There will be a focus on the varieties of narrative structure, characters and how to make your text as powerful and efficient as possible.  Peter will also share storyboard tips and how to tell your story visually, whether writing for an illustrator or as an illustrator.

Peter completed a picture book course and put together a dummy version of his book, Jessica’s Box.  A little while later, New Frontier accepted the book.  His tale of a little girl’s attempt to find friendship entered the world in April 2008 and was shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award for Emerging Illustrators and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award.
Many books have followed, including Last Tree in the City, The Children Who Loved Books, My Totally Awesome Story (written by Pat Flynn) and The Boy on the Page. He has recently collaborated with Kat Chadwick to create What’s in My Lunchbox?, and has illustrated Damon Young’s picture books, My Nanna is a Ninja and My Pop is a Pirate. 

 
Peter lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife, two daughters and a scruffy dog that occasionally escapes.

James Moloney

James Moloney has written a number of successful series for young readers. His ‘Gracey stories’ comprising three YA novels about an Indigenous family was widely praised. Later, he turned to fantasy where series seems the name of the game with the successful ‘Book of Lies’ trilogy and ‘The Silvermay Sagas’. For younger readers he wrote the adventure series, ‘The Doomsday Rats’. In writing these books he ran the full gamut of what to do and what not to do which he will share with seminar participants.
The seminar will focus on what publishers are looking for, how to develop characters who will sustain reader interest across a multiple book series, how to keep them fresh, planning story lines across multiple books and the creation of ‘worlds’, both realistic and speculative, which suit the writing of series for the young. The emphasis will be practical and much of the activity interactive, so participants should bring along their cherished ideas and be prepared to discuss them.

 

Join, or renew your membership to, Book Links ONLINE!

Book Links Membership is now online!

Thank you to all of our renewing, and new members, who have joined us for 2016 using our one step online membership service.

New and renewing members can now join, or renew their membership to, Book Links (QLD) Inc. – the Centre for Children’s Literature online using our simple membership booking site.  Just click HERE to renew your membership to, or to join us for a stellar year in 2016!

Renew your membership to, or join, Book Links (QLD) Inc. – the Centre for Children’s Literature ONLINE!

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With life becoming increasingly hectic and busy, we figure you need an easier way to join, or renew your membership to, Book Links (QLD) Inc. – the Centre for Children’s Literature.  We now have a one-stop online shop for joining Book Links, and renewing your membership.  Just click HERE to renew your membership, or to join Book Links (QLD) Inc. to ensure you get discounts to Writing Workshops, Romancing the Stars, other events, local book shops, all the Children’s Literature news, and more.

And with bookings for Romancing the Stars, and the 2016 Write Links Writing Workshops opening soon, you must renew your membership now to ensure you get all the available membership discounts on events.