Congratulations also to all creators and publishers of the CBCA BOTYA Honour and Notable books for 2019, in particular Speakers Inkers Karen Foxlee (Older Readers Honour for Lenny's Book of Everything) and Dub Leffler (Eve Pownall Award winner for illustrating Sorry Day, text by Coral Vass)
If you would like these or any other of our wonderful speakers to visit your school or library, please be sure to contact our office via a website enquiry, email or phone call (all contact details are on our website).
Voices on the Move
Jackie Frenchwill be visiting Brisbane and is available for one day only on Thursday October 17. Jackie is a former Children's Laureate, Australian of the Year, and National Treasure, so this is a great opportunity to secure a visit from one of Australia's best-loved children's authors.
Our year 9 students have been studying Jackie French's novel "Nanberry". Jackie is an excellent communicator and responded well to questions by our students.
We don't normally have a whole cohort for an author visit but Jackie was able to handle the boys very well.
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 Josie Montano and Kathy Hoopmann
Dynamic Duo, Kathy Hoopmann and Josie Montano have teamed up to produce a rollicking adventure with a bunch of characters with diagnoses that have a lot of letters (ASD, ADHD, GAD): The Secret Science Society's Spectacular Experiment. To find out what the secret is all about, come and help them celebrate their book launch with cake and conversation.
Mona likes to moan. Kiki is a worry-wart. Bart loves following rules. And Zane HATES following rules. When the four of them are put into The Secret Science Society together, this could only mean one thing: DISASTER!
The book will be launched by very special guest - Dr Rob the TV Scientist!
This junior novel is published by Wombat Books and will be available to purchase and have autographed by the authors.
Date: August 31
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Venue: Arana Hills Library
please RSVP to assist with numbers.
(07) 3351 3401 or Email: [email protected]
The Somerset National Poetry Prize seeks to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also aims to inspire and enrich youth literature. And there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!
Opening date Monday 29 July 2019 Closing date Friday 6 December 2019
Write a poem of no more than 50 lines
The Somerset National Poetry Prize is open to ALL current secondary students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents attending school in Australia. Students receiving home schooling are eligible to enter. Entrants must be under 19 years of age as of the competition closing date. The winner in each category will receive $300 plus flights to the Gold Coast to attend the Somerset Storyfest in March 2020.
Storyfest National Novella Competition Now Open!
Cash Prize $2,500 | Gold Coast Flights | Meet with Publicists
The Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition is open to all Australian high school students. It is a wonderful opportunity for serious student writers, encouraging them in their literary growth - and there are also some fantastic prizes on offer!
Here's what the competition entails:
Write a novella of between 8,000 and 20,000 words
Submit it by 6 December 2019
Have it judged by an expert panel
Winners from each State will be flown to the Gold Coast to enjoy Somerset Storyfest in March 2020 and will also receive a cash prize
On top of the prize for being a State winner, the National winner also receives a first prize of $2,500, as well as a full editorial report from Penguin Random House (Australia
Dates for your Diary
Dr Rob the TV Scientist will launch Josie Montano and Kathy Hoopmann's Book at 11.30 at Arana Hills Library.
Edwina Shaw Book Launch, Kurilpa Hall West End at 6pm