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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.

What is the Romancing the Stars event all about?

Hello everyone!

It seems that there’s been a lot of interest in our Romancing the Stars event.  In fact, for 2016, it will be plural, eventS.  Yes!  We are having two Romancing the Stars events in 2016!  The Brisbane event will be held on Thursday, February 18.  And on Friday, 26 February, there will be an event on at The Sunshine Coast.  Watch this space for more details.

To find out a little more, just check out this video:

#WorldofWalliamsOZ – David Walliams (‘the new Roald Dahl’) – comes to Australia, Brisbane, and ABC 3!




Sydney Writers Festival       David Walliams  Brisbane Powerhouse

HarperCollins Kids          ABC 3

David Walliams at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Absolutely wow is all we can say!  Brisbane Powerhouse, HarperCollins Kids Australia, and Sydney Writers Festival, made it possible for Brisbane kids, of all ages, to enjoy David Walliams and Ed Kavalee in conversation.

David Walliams writes junior fiction and picture books, and is so good, that he is being heralded as the next Roald Dahl.  A big claim, yet, it seems applicable.  HarperCollins Kids publishes his books.  Check out the slideshow below of David’s books.  Congratulations to HarperCollins Kids for publishing such wonderful books, by such a phenomenal author.

(on a side note, HarperCollins Kids also publishes Jackie French!  And we are over the moon that she will be launching her Book Links Travelling Suitcase nest Tuesday, as part of National Simultaneous Storytime Celebrations.  Find out more HERE).

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The Brisbane Powerhouse is an amazing venue, for anything and everything.  Recently they hosted the IRL Digital Festival, which was very well attended.  It seemed to be the past, present, and future of gaming in once place.  And it was free to attend!  The Powerhouse was also the perfect venue for #WorldofWalliamsOZ!

Wallapalooza on ABC 3 this weekend!

So far, two of David Walliams’ books have been made into telemovies.  And thanks to the good folks over at ABC 3, all Australians, young and old, will be able to enjoy these films THIS WEEKEND!

David will be live in the studio on ABC from 5:25pm tonight!  Mr Stink will begin at 6pm.  And tomorrow, Gangsta Granny will begin at 6pm.  So make sure your TV is locked into ABC 3 this, and tomorrow, evening.

The Show

It would take a novel length blog post to do the show justice.  However, we know you’re all a busy bunch, so we’ll try to keep it short.  In fact, where possible, we’ll give you the details in dot points.

We do highly recommend, that if you ever get the chance, go and see David Walliams LIVE!  He is nothing short of inspirational, amazing and phenomenal (and some)!

  • David is SO good at character voices when reading his books!
  • Has a great deal of fun researching.
  • David Walliams plays the Prime Minister in the Mr Stink telemovie. The real Prime Minister is also called David, so some kids are confused about who the real Prime Minister is.

David on his Books

Question – Ed Kavalee – Is The Boy in the Dress autobiographical?”

Answer – David – “I’ve dabbled”.  (His sister used to dress him up & march him down the street in a mauve wedding dress).  “The last time was 3-4 years ago”.

  • Gangsta Granny was somewhat based on his Granny.  He used to think she was boring, as they used to do things like playing scrabble (one of our favourite games for the record).  David’s Granny talked about the Blitz, Granny has really exciting stories to tell.  “As young people, we don’t realise what stories older people have.  We think they’ve always been old”.

The Writing Process

  • If you’re going to write, it’s really good to always have an evil villain.
  • Keep your eyes open, you never know when a good story will pop up.

Question – Ed – Are you reading out loud when you write?

Answer – David – No, I actually act it out, as I come from an acting background in Little Britain.

Stage Adaptations and Film Options

  • Gangsta Granny & Mr Stink have been adapted for the stage.
  • Ratburger & Demon Dentist have been optioned for films!

New Books!

  • David was writing his new book on Tuesday – there are Raj scenes, he is back.  Grandpa’s Great Escape.  Grandpa lives in a Maximum Security Twighlight Zone, and his Grandson attempts to set him free.
  • The Bear Who Went Boo.  A picture books about a naughty little polar bear that annoys everyone.

David Meeting the Queen

David told us that he has met the Queen of England on a few occasions.  He said, that before one meets the Queen, that one is briefed on appropriate etiquette, and what one may or may not do or say.

David told us that he was absolutely itching to ask the Queen, “Have you read Gangsta Granny?”  As well as David, would LOVE to know if she has.

Q&A Session

David and Ed ran a Q&A session at the end of their presentation.  The only complaint that we have, is that adults weren’t allowed to questions.  Well, not really, it was all about the kids, and they really did ask stellar questions.

Here are our favourites from the session:

Q – When you were a kid, how did you feel about writing & acting?

A – Well I loved acting, I was quite a show off

Q – who’s your favourite character?

A – the villains!  The evil dentist witch.

Q – what inspired you to write children’s books?

A – I love reading children’s books.  It’s a great guilty pleasure.  (We completely agree!)

Q – have you ever known a thieving Granny?

A – no.  But it would actually be a great disguise.  If you’re a granny, you don’t look like you’re going to steal anything.

Q – what’s your favourite book that you’ve written?

A – Harry Potter & the Philosophers Stone.  I let this woman called J.K. Rowling……. [lots of laughter from the crowd]  Actually, “Mr Stink”.

Q – do you have a good recipe for rat burgers?

A – I’ve never tried one, at least I don’t think I have.

Q – how come all the mothers are dead or split up?

A – at the start of the book, you need the child’s life to be not right.  So the story can make it better.

Q – will you ever set a story in Australia? 

A – I got asked same question in New Zealand.  It’s just easier to say yes (cheeky grin).

Q – where did you get idea for Awful Aunty?

A – I have 3 aunties, and they’re all alive, so it wasn’t based on them…….


World of Walliams Website

Not surprisingly, David Walliams has a spectacular website, check it out HERE!

Now, we must finish, as we have a number of David Walliams books to read this weekend!

Get ready for THE BIG READ!

 As part of National Year of Reading, Book Links Qld is holding The Big Read to celebrate stories set in Queensland.  After much consultation we have put together three lists of books in print that met our criteria. The sections are Older Readers, Younger Readers and Picture Books. Not all picture books are aimed at Early Childhood Readers.

The task is to read as many books from the list as you can, then vote for the one that you feel best defines Queensland. You may vote for only one book in a section but you may vote in more than one section.  You may vote as an adult or as a young person.

You need to record your vote by the 31st July 2012.  The results of the voting will be announced on Saturday 25th August. Event information will be advertised on this blog in the future.

To register your vote online go to the Ipswich City Council library website 

You may also fill in a form and leave it at your local public or school library.  If you prefer to post your vote, then send it to The Big Read, 43 John Street, Rosewood 4340.

Schools or public libraries may choose to tally votes from forms that do not have an email address and post them, but please post those who wish to be in the draw for a National Year of Reading prize.