Word of Mouth | Issue 14 | 2018

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Do you need a speaker during Term 4? Are you planning for 2019? Now is the time to lock in a speaker for engagements for the remainder of 2018 or for the first half of 2019 (please note that speaker calendars for Term 3 and 4 bookings for 2019 do not open until the commencement of Term 4 of this year). Please have a look at the profiles of our wonderful speakers and book in a visitor and presentation today. 

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We are here to help you in any way possible.  If you have any suggestions on ways for us to improve, we always welcome your comments - contact us at Speakers Ink.

Voices on the Move 

We have many speakers travelling during 2018 - some speakers are coming to Brisbane while others are visiting regional cities: for a complete list check out all the up-to-date details on our Touring Speakers page.  A snapshot of the coming months is included below:

Gabrielle Wang Brisbane 17  - 21 Sep
Allison Marlow Paterson Mackay
Townsville/Charters Towers
Mt. Isa
8 - 9 Oct
11 - 12 Oct
16  - 18 Oct
22  - 25 Oct
29  - 31 Oct

Lorraine Marwood


9 - 12 Oct

Chris Collin

Southern Gold Coast to Byron Bay
NSW/VIC Albury-Wodonga and Murray River Region
Newcastle and Central Coast

16 Oct - 2 Nov
5 - 9 Nov
19 - 30 Nov

Michael Salmon Perth and Freemantle, WA
Auckland, New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand
17 - 26 Oct
5 - 9 Nov
12 - 16 Nov

Maria Gill Brisbane 5 - 14 Nov

Congratulations ...

Wendy Orr, whose book Swallow's Dance is receiving rave reviews. Wendy says, "I’m very happy to tell you that Swallow’s Dance is now out in Australia, and will be released on October 1 in Canada and the USA. This book takes place 200 years before Dragonfly Song, so is a companion to it rather than a sequel. I received a grant in 2016 from the Australian Council of the Arts which allowed me to research this story on site in Santorini and Crete. I’m incredibly grateful for that, as well as to the archaeologist Sabine Beckmann, who instructed me in Crete."


Goldie Alexander whose trilogy, Shakespeare Now! will be launched on 22 September at Readings Kids Bookshop, 315 Lygon Street, Melbourne at 2.00pm.



Queensland Literary Awards

The shortlist for the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards were announced during the week and we were delighted to learn that our own Peter Carnavas's Book The Elephant was included in the Griffith University Children's Book Award category. This book was also shortlisted for CBCA's Book of the Year Award.

The judges commented, "Peter Carnavas has illustrated his debut novel, The Elephant, with simple, evocative line drawings. How Olive and her grandad cope with her mother’s death and father’s overwhelming grief is shown through consummate, heartfelt storytelling. The sensory, lyrical writing is exquisite and the symbols are profound yet ultimately light-filled and hopeful." 

Congratulations Peter.

What's Happening


Word Play, the Brisbane Writer's Festival Education program for young readers, storytellers and illustrators has launched its program for this year. The program will be held from 4-7 September at the State Library of Queensland and GOMA. Program and booking information can be found here.

The State Finals of the CBCA Qld Reader's Cup will take place on 5-6 September at St Laurence's College

Dimity Powell will launch her new picture book At the end of Holyrood Lane on 23 September at Brisbane Square Library at 10.30 am.

Next e-Bulletin

After an extremely busy Term 3 we are now into the homeward stretch with only 3 weeks left before the School holidays!  

As such, our Newsletter team are taking a well earned break which means our next e-Bulletin will not be issued until the end of the first week of Term 4.  Please be sure to check your inboxes around Sunday, 14th/Monday  15th October!

All of us here at Speakers Ink wish you all the best for the remainder of Term 3 and hope everyone can enjoy a well earned break during the upcoming school holidays!

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” - Diary of Anne Frank

Yours in promoting literacy from all at the Speakers Ink team,

Sandie, Margie, Jan, Trina, Lia, Rob and James

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