Many schools and libraries are gearing up for Book Week, keeping Speaker's Ink staff hopping! Speaker bookings have been vigorous, so if you are planning a special event for Book Week, Science Week, Environment Day or any other occasion, please be sure to contact our office via a website enquiry, email or phone call (all contact details are on our website).
Many of our speakers have new books launching soon, check out the details below.
Voices on the Move
Deborah Abela will be available on Friday, 19th July should anyone wish to make a booking.
Deborah's presentation was engaging and fun. Younger students enjoyed Deb's storytelling, while upper grades were captivated with her personal family connection in her story "Teresa". Children and staff have continued to share their enjoyment of our day with Deborah.
Torbanlea State School - August 2018
Chris Collin will be available in South East Queensland from August 8 to 13. Chris is happy to announce that digital versions (eBook and animation) of all 4 of his books are to be published in China this year!
Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.
Students loved his enthusiasm and animation he conveyed through the use of puppetry.
Dalby State School - July 2018
Of course, we have a number of inspiring speakers visiting to Brisbane and elsewhere over the coming months - check out all the up-to-date details on our Touring Speakers page.
The Spotlight is on Karen Tyrrell
Karen Tyrrell featured in an article in the Courier Mail recently.
Karen's book Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue was inspired by Sir David Attenborough's plea to save one of the great natural wonders of the world. The book was written to educate and empower kids to care for the reef and is just one of the books in the Songbird series. After sending Sir David a copy of the book she received a personal letter from him. The ABC's Rebecca Levingston wanted her listeners to hear all about it, resulting in an interview. Click here to listen to the podcast. Congratulations Karen!
Karen is a dynamic visiting author. Children were inspired and engaged throughout her sessions which focused on developing their own creative writing.
Meanjin Writing Camps, USQ - 2018
Congratulations Dimity Powell
EK Books is delighted to announce that At the End of Holyrood Lane, by Dimity Powell and Nicky Johnston, has won the 2019 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) Member Choice Award (Australia, New Zealand).
SCWBI is the international professional organisation for writers and illustrators of children’s literature.
At the End of Holyrood Lane, with its hopeful message for children impacted by domestic violence, is the embodiment of the purpose of EK Books; publishing meaningful messages through beautifully crafted story. The creators of the picture book have used a storm metaphor to open a conversation with children at risk. The publishers are thrilled to have been able to work with the talented combination of author, Dimity Powell, and illustrator, Nicky Johnston, to produce this much‐needed and beautifully crafted book.
Creators Dimity Powell and Nicky Johnston are delighted to have their work acknowledged by their peers. They share a hope that the award will raise awareness of the issues faced by children experiencing domestic violence and make the book more accessible to children who are faced with weathering domestic storms.
Their annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer‐given award to recognise excellence in the field of children’s books from 15 regional divisions around the world.
Jan Latta's new book, Adventures in the Wild, will be launched in July.
It’s a 68 page book about her adventures and close encounters with leopards, lions and the animals in the Maasai Mara. It has unique photographs and is packed with information. A Sydney bookseller said, “Perfect for primary kids and animal lovers of all ages.” Jan particularly loves delivering presentations to students from Years 4 to 6.
Gwyneth Jane Page's new book Elly the Elephant is the first in a new series of rhyming picture books for younger children. This one is about friendship. The next one, Gerald the Giraffe, is about being unique and the third in the series, Helen the Hippo, is about being happy with who you are. Jan's daughter Emily has illustrated the series. The books will be available at Romancing the Stars on June 14th.
Kathy Hoopmann has co-written a book with Josie Montano. It's called The Secret Science Society's Spectacular Experiment and deals with a bunch of quirky rascals with diagnoses of autism, ADHD and anxiety, along with a neurotypical, who are forced to work together with predictably disastrous results. It is due to be launched on August 10