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Upcoming Events:

Special dates to mark in your diary for 2024 are:

  • 18 – 19 May – Illustrators Retreat – Woodlands of Marburg
  • Wednesday 22 May – The Narelle Oliver Lecture with Katrina Nannestad @St Aidan’s Anglican Girls School, Corinda
  • Saturday 25 May – Write Links Meeting
  • Friday 7 June – Romancing the Stars – The Lighthouse Toowoomba
  • Saturday 8 June – Workshop with Suzanne Leal – Writing Historical Fiction, Brisbane Square Library 2.00 – 3.30pm.


Book Links meetings are held online via ZOOM, generally the Monday evening before the monthly Write Links meetings.
Email the for dates if you are interested in getting involved.

Write Links meetings are generally held on the first Saturday of the month at the State Library of Qld and online. Venues can vary.

The general structure is generally:
● 1:00 pm – Networking
● 2:00 pm – Topic of interest or professional development
● 3.00-5.00 – Critique groups

Workshop meetings are also scattered throughout the year and on those days sessions can begin earlier.
Sometime there is a fee to attend to cover presenter fees.


The next Book Links meeting will be via ZOOM on Monday 27 May from 6pm. If you wish to join in please email for a link.

The next Write Links meeting will be Saturday 25 May from 1:00 pm at State Library of Qld.


The June Write Links meeting will be held at the end of May, not June, at State Library of Qld in The Qld Writers Centre on Saturday 25 May 2024. This will be a hybrid meeting so at the point of booking select ‘in person meeting’ or ‘zoom session’. If you book for in person then find you can’t come, you can still join via ZOOM with the link sent in the confirmation email.


● 1:00 pm Write Links networking

● 2:00 pm Topic: Charlotte Barkla, 5 Things I’ve Learned About Writing Series

● 3.00-5.00 Critiquing

Woodlands Retreat – Illustration

18 – 19 May 2024

The 2024 Illustration retreat will offer a day of exploring different mediums and techniques lead by Yvonne Mes on the Saturday with Lucia Masciullo and Sean Leahy on hand to assist.

Sunday offers a half-day workshop where you choose to either work with Sean Leahy using Procreate or with Lucia Masciullo using traditional mediums. Sunday afternoon, continue with your own projects. All skill levels are welcome, and you’ll find something valuable no matter where you stand in your artistic journey.

Booking fee includes tutor fees, lunches Saturday and Sunday and breakfast Sunday.

Full weekend $150 for Book Links members ($170 non-members), $75 per day Saturday and Sunday for Book Links members. ($85 for non-members).

Follow the booking links to book your spot and for instructions on how to book on site accommodation and meals if required. Dinner in the mansion Saturday night.

Bookings close Thursday 9 May at NOON.



with Katrina Nannestad

What makes a powerful story?

Every reader is unique. What they bring to a story influences how they interpret and respond to it. So how do we begin to determine what makes a story powerful? Drawing from her experience as a disinterested young reader, a primary teacher, a parent and a successful children’s author, Katrina Nannestad will look at the things we might consider when telling, reading and writing stories for children.

Katrina Nannestad is a multi award-winning children’s author. She grew up in country New South Wales in a neighbourhood stuffed full of happy children. Her adult years have been spent teaching, raising boys, perfecting her recipe for chocolate-chip bickies and pursuing her love of stories.

Katrina celebrates family, friendship and belonging in her writing and loves to create stories that bring hope and joy to others. Katrina’s books include Silver Linings, Waiting for the Storks, Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief, We Are Wolves, The Girl Who Brought Mischief and Bungaloo Creek.  Her series include The Travelling Bookshop, The Girl, the Dog and the Writer, Lottie Perkins, Olive of Groves, and Red Dirt Diaries.

Katrina now lives on a hillside in central Victoria (in a house, not just in the grass!) with a very silly whippet called Olive and a sensible husband called Bloss.

Members of Book Links $28, non-members $35 Food and drink provided. Wednesday 22 May, 2024, St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, Corinda, 6:00pm for refreshments, 7:00 lecture starts. This lecture is aimed at teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, parents and any adults with an interest in Children’s Literature.


Speed date 14 Author and Illustrator Stars
Buy the latest books from Dymocks pop-up bookshop
Enjoy great food and drinks.
Enter the raffle and win books in the quiz competition.

PD Certificates available on request.

Special Features:
The event will be held in The Write Gallery surrounded by an exhibition of illustration by Lucia Masciullo featuring the book Eat My Dust. Be the first to see it.
(The exhibition will then open 8 June and will be available until 30 June.)

Suzanne Leal from Victoria will be in Toowoomba that week and has agreed to stay on to be a special guest at this event.

Date: Friday 7 June

Time: 6:00pm – 9:15 pm.

Cost: $35 general admission, $25 Book Links members
(Have your 2024 membership discount code ready to apply at the end of the booking process)

Bookings close NOON Tuesday 4 June

Discover the books our local authors and illustrators have been creating for children and young adults.
Each creator will give a short introduction to their latest publication in a small intimate circle, before rotating on to the next group.
You have a chance to get inside information about the creation of the books and make contact with potential presenters for your school or library.


  • Picture Books Authors/Illustrators: Clare McFadden, Blithe Fielden, Irena Kobald, Kristen Willis, Lucia Masciullo, Rory Mather, Samantha Lloyd
  • Authors Younger Readers, YA, A: Annaleise Byrd, Charlotte Barkla, Jane Smith, Nathan Taylor, Nette Hilton, Suzanne Leal, Tylissa Elisara

Find out more about these STARS!

The Write Gallery, The Lighthouse Toowoomba, 126 Margaret Street, Toowoomba QLD 4051


Stepping back in time: writing historical fiction

Stepping back in time: writing historical fiction – For the reader, historical fiction is a magical portal into times past. For the author, it’s that thrilling – and sometimes tricky – mix of imagination and fact. In this workshop, prize-winning author Suzanne Leal will work with you to bring your fictional world to life through character and plot, while encouraging you to wear your research lightly.

Saturday 8 June at Brisbane Square Library,

2:00 – 3:30pm.

$15 for Book Links members. General admission $25. Member booking code should be applied at point of sale on the last screen.


SUZANNE LEAL is the author of novels The Watchful WifeThe Teacher’s Secret and The Deceptions, winner of the Nib People’s Choice Prize. Her debut novel for junior readers, Running with Ivan, is included on the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s 2024 Notables List for Younger Readers and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s History Awards and the ARA Historical Novel Prize. A lawyer experienced in child protection, criminal law and refugee law, Suzanne is an experienced facilitator at community, corporate and literary events. She is the founder of Thursday Book Club, a relaxed book club connecting readers online.





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