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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

Celebrate Reading National Conference – Insights into Quality Australian Literature for Young Adults – 31 Oct to 1 Nov – The Literature Centre, WA

the literature centre

Celebrate Reading National Conference

Insights into Quality Australian Literature for Young Adults

31 October – 1 November 2014

Once again The Literature Centre in Fremantle, WA, is hosting the Celebrate Reading Conference.  This year the focus is on quality Australian Literature for Young Adults, and would be most suited to high school teachers.

The Presenters

John Marsden (VIC),
Melina Marchetta (NSW),
Kirsty Murray (VIC) ,
Anthony Eaton (ACT),
Vikki Wakefield (SA),
Michael Gerard Bauer (QLD),
Jane (J.C.) Burke (NSW),
Amanda (A.J.) Betts (WA)

The Programme

Celebrate Reading – detailed programme

Registration – click the link below

http://www.celebratereading.org.au/conference_registration.html

ROMANCING THE STARS – SLIDESHOW

Yes, the slideshow of the the evening is up on the blog.

Check out all the fun of the night  with Queensland authors and illustrators, librarians and all lovers of children’s books. 

Click on the PHOTOS tab above, then the sub-tab beneath.

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Welcome to the Book Links (Qld) blog

Welcome to our blog. Our latest project Book Links Travelling Suitcases is almost ready.  We hope to have the first of five cases out in November. You can get a taste of the DVD inside each case by viewing our Youtube trailer.

Author, MICHAEL GERARD BAUER talks about how he writes his wonderful stories.

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