We have been working hard at Speakers Ink in response to Covid-19 restrictions as many bookings have been changed or cancelled, while other opportunities have come up.
Deborah Abela and Gus Gordon are each locked in to tour Brisbane in the week commencing 30 August, 2021 to replace their cancelled 2020 tours and Phil Kettle has also replaced his cancelled tour with a confirmed booking in Brisbane in Book Week 2021 - the week commencing Monday 16 August, 2021.
Additionally, we encourage you all to check out the full list of wonderful speakers that we represent, as we have added to our list of speakers substantially over the last year. All have something valuable to offer!
The Spotlight is on Liz Anelli
Liz Anelli is an illustrator who has been extensively recognised with awards from CBCA, ASO, Illustrators Australia, Australian Society of Authors & May Gibbs Trust Fellowships. Desert Lake (Walker Books) shortlisted NSW Premiers Award 2017, One Photo (Penguin Random House) and Ten Pound Pom (Blackdog Books) shortlisted CBCA Picture Book of The Year in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
Liz has two new picture books out this Spring. Dry to Dry written by Pamela Freeman is the latest in the Walker Books Nature Story Series (1st August) and The Biscuit Maker written by Sue Lawson and also published by Walker Books (1st September). The cover of Dry to Dry was featured on the front of Magpies magazine August edition.
Carnivore Films has created a 15 minute video for Liz for a Virtual Presentation to schools. The film is suited to primary schoolers aged 2-6 years. Liz has also created illustrations for a Junior fictino novel School Rules are Optional written by Alison Hart and published by Allen & Unwin. Liz's State Library of WA workshops have been deferred to March 2021, when she will be available for school presentations in the Perth/Fremantle area.
"Liz was very enthusiastic and a pleasure to work with. She engaged the children very well and they all enjoyed the session immensely. We received nothing but positive feedback from parents, wanting to know more about Liz and her work." - Burdekin Library - May 2020
Congratulations - Tristan Bancks and Tamsin Janu
Tristan Bancks' Detention and Tamsin Janu'sWinston and the Wondrous Wooba Gymnastics Club have made the shortlist for the Griffith University Children's Book Award, under the auspices of the Qld Literary Awards. We are counting the days until the online announcement on 4th September. Good luck and congratulations to all the creators and publishers on the shortlist.
The Last Word
Michael Salmon has been working hard to get around Covid-19 restrictions. Peruse the flyer for his online offerings:
Dates for your Diary
4 Sept, 2020
The winners of the Queensland Literary Awards are announced online. Registerhereto receive a zoom link.
WriteLinks - Danny Parker Workshop. 'Little Stories About Big Things’ Workshop with Danny Parker (creator of Perfect). Join Danny as we chase an idea around the room to see if it is strong enough to stand on its own two feet... 5 September, 12:30 - 2:00 pm Members $15, non-members $25 at the State Library of Qld.
Sat 12 Sept 2020
Book Trivia Storyfest. From Cat in the Hat to Shakespeare, this is your chance for you and your friends to prove once and for all who the real literary genius is. If you have “brains in your head and feet in your shoes”, come along and test your knowledge and spend an afternoon enjoying trivia in teams of 4 or 2. Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts and Storyfest