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; Phil Kettle has also replaced his cancelled tour with a confirmed booking in Brisbane in Book Week 2021 - the week commencing Monday 23 August, 2021 and Jess Black has also replaced her cancelled tour with a confirmed booking in Brisbane during the week commencing Monday, 16th 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!
Congratulations - 2020 YABBA winners
The Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) winners were announced and we were thrilled to learn that Tristan Bancks' Detention won the award in the Fiction for Years 7-9 category.
Sima and her family are pressed to the rough, cold ground among fifty others. They lie next to the tall fence designed to keep them in. The wires are cut one by one. When they make their escape, a guard raises the alarm. Shouting, smoke bombs, people tackled to the ground. In the chaos Sima loses her parents. Dad told her to run, so she does, hiding in a school and triggering a lockdown. A boy, Dan, finds her hiding in the toilet block. What should he do? Help her? Dob her in? She’s breaking the law, but is it right to lock kids up? And if he helps, should Sima trust him? Or run?This moment, these decisions, will change their lives
Tense and taut, Detention will have you on the run, minute by minute, with Sima and Dan, making you ask: What would I do if this were me?
CLARE ATKINS, AUTHOR OF BETWEEN US
Utterly believable. Felt like I was holding my breath from start to finish. Bancks champions the strength and decency of young people caught up in a harsh world not of their making.
MARK SMITH, AUTHOR OF THE ROAD TO WINTER
The Spotlight is on...Australia Reads
From 1-12 November, Australians of all ages and from all walks of life are invited to share and celebrate the joys of reading. Whether you are picking up a book for the first time or your head is already stuck in one, there are plenty of books, activities, and events as part of the festivities. You can find more information about Australia Reads here.
The main event onThursday 12 November is theAustralian Reading Hour. You are invited to stop what you are doing for an hour, pick up a book and read to yourself or the children in your life. Here are some of their recommended booksto explore on theAustralia Readswebsite.
Book Links and Australia Reads
Book Links is busy planning manyFREE exciting events during the Australia Reads campaign. Here is a little of what they have planned so far, but you will need to keep your eyes on theirFacebook pageand Website as they add more details. All sessions will be via ZOOM with links sent to registered participants prior to events. Sessions will be recorded and added to YouTube for later viewing.
Monday 2 Nov
12.00 - 1.00 EST Ask an Author with Jackie French, Michael Gerard Bauer and James Moloney. https://www.trybooking.com/BMBWJ
Tuesday 3 Nov
9:30 – 10:30 EST Children’s Choices – Listen to children recommending to other young readers their ideas for great books to read during the Reading Hour. https://www.trybooking.com/BMDIH
WANTED: If you know of any children who would like to be involved email [email protected]
Wednesday 4 Nov
4:30 – 5:30 EST Meet the Author! Beat the Author! - Do authors know their books as well as you do? See if you are smarter than the authors and can answer first. Quotes will be read and questions asked from books by these authors. Jackie French, Michael Gerard Bauer, Brian Falkner, Chris Bongers, Dave Lowe, Sam Wheeler, Will Kostakis and maybe more. https://www.trybooking.com/BMDIP
Thursday 5 Nov
2:00 – 3:00 EST The Author’s Voice - Hear notable authors read sections from their books.Jackie French, James Moloney, Michael Gerard Bauer, Brian Falkner, Allison Rushby, Chris Bongers, Will Kostakis, Dave Lowe, Samantha Wheeler and Sally Rippin. https://www.trybooking.com/BMDIU
Friday 6 Nov
4:30 – 5:30 EST Which author is that? Quotes from books by amazing authors will be read out and we will see which team can identify the authors and titles of the books.
Authors participating include: Quiz master: Brian Falkner, Team A – Pamela Rushby, Chris Bongers, Sam Wheeler, Team B - Michael Gerard Bauer, Will Kostakis, Dave Lowe. https://www.trybooking.com/BMDIZ
Saturday 7 Nov
12:30 – 2:00pm EST Write Links Workshop with award winning author and illustrator Mark Wilson on writing and illustrating picture books on historical themes. This will be a free session and aimed at adults interested in writing and/or illustrating. Bookings open
Sunday 8 November
3:00 – 4:30 Read This! - Listen to a group of adult book lovers making recommendations for books to hook kids in. This will include a few bookshops offering their expertise as well as other book lovers. https://www.trybooking.com/BMFQN
Monday 9 November
We hope Book Links recordings will be up to use this day to replay what you want, when you want. There are also some events being run this day by Australia Reads for Kids at 10:30 am AEDT and Australia Reads Teens at 12:30pm AEDT
Tuesday 10 November
9:30 – 10:30 EST In a virtual event, Australia Reads Ambassadors Jacqueline Harvey(bestselling author of the Alice-Miranda, Clementine Rose and Kensy and Max series of books) andWill Kostakis (award-winning author of The Sidekicks, The First Third and the Monuments series) will talk about the importance of reading and why they're excited to be ambassadors for the program in 2020. They'll read excerpts from the books they've written especially for the Australia Reads campaign before a Q&A focused on all things books and reading. https://www.trybooking.com/BMESS
12:00 – 1:00 Meet the Illustrators with Caroline Magerl, (Nop, CBCA 2020 Shortlist Picture Books) and Anil Tortop, (Bat vs Poss, written by Alexa Moses, CBCA Shortlist Early Childhood) Reading the pictures is as important as reading the words. See how they create their images. https://www.trybooking.com/BMESW
Dates for your Diary
Australia ReadsAustralians from all walks of life share and celebrate the joys of reading. Our own Jacqueline Harvey is an ambassador for these online events.
Write Links writing workshop with Mark Wilson. For adults interesting in writing an historical novel for children. Bookhere.
Yours in promoting literacy from all at the Speakers Ink team,