Bookings have been rolling in, so if you are planning a special event for CBCA Book Week, or any other week of the year, please be sure to contact our office via a website enquiry, email or phone call (all contact details are on our website).
Each year Speakers Ink also looks into ways to support new talent and add variety to our stable and this year was no exception. As such be sure to check out our full list of speakers - we added quite a few new members to our family towards the end of 2018 and over the holiday period.
Voices on the Move
Sheryl Gwyther's historical adventure, Sweet Adversity (HarperCollins) is set in the Hunter Region in NSW during the Great Depression. In May 2019, she'll be touring the Hunter region (15th May to the 24th) offering talks about researching the book, and also how to seamlessly integrate historical information into a work of fiction.
She will be visiting public libraries and will be available for school talks, especially in the Newcastle, Scone, Muswellbrook and Cessnock-Kurri Kurri areas.
Vicki Bennett will also be touring with her new book from 16 Feb-26 March. Here is a list of more touring speakers. For full details, see below.
For a complete list and a link for booking, check out all the up-to-date details on our Touring Speakers page
The Spotlight is on New Books
Vicki Bennett's latest book Oliver’s First Big Spy Adventure is out this month. See diary dates below for launch details.
Vicki will be doing book signings at
Books on Stones, New Farm Editions and Nextra Newsagency at Toombul.
Taryn Bashford's new book, The Astrid Notes, will be out in early August. Taryn's previous book was the highly successful The Harper Effect
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Kathryn Apel’s 'Bully on the Bus’ has been selected for the American, Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2019, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the [American] Children’s Book Council. It has also been selected as a Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center book club resource.
The KidsLit Quiz is a wonderful event that inspires readers and writers. School teams of four compete against each other answering quizzical questions about certain books across all genres. There is a table of authors and teachers who compete against the kids. It's fast it's engaging and the competition is international. The authors set up a book stand and sell their books and there’s a bookshop that sells on the day as well.
The event on the Gold Coast is on the 19th March from 10 – 1pm. It’s open to any school across the Gold Coast. It's fun and improves literacy - great combination!
Kathy Hoopmannwill be selling her books at a 20% discount at this event
Book Links’ Travelling Suitcases are filled with interesting and curious keepsakes from five of Queensland’s top children’s book authors and illustrators as well as a special case for our Patron Australian Children’s Laureate 2014-2015, Jackie French.
They include some of their books; edited manuscripts and a DVD of the creators at works. Activities to use in the classroom and in public libraries are included to extend Literature and Arts learning. The Travelling Suitcases will be of particular use to regional, rural and remote schools, and public libraries who have limited or no access to visiting authors and illustrators. Even emerging writers and illustrators would gain a great insight into book creation by browsing through these cases. They are free to borrow and are stored at the Queensland Writers Centre from where they can be collected, sometimes delivered or posted.
There is now a list of the contents for each case on the website.