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Write Links Mini Fest - Children's Writers and Illustrators

Join these award winning and multi-published children's and YA authors and illustrators for a day of master classes! Learn from these talented authors and illustrators, get your questions answered and your books signed. These master classes will be especially of interest for emerging and experienced children's and YA writers, but newbies and lovers of children's literature are also welcome.


7.45am - Registration and Networking

8.15am - Welcome

8.30 am- 10.30am Peter Carnavas, Picture Book and Junior Fiction Author and Illustrator talks about picture book writing and illustrating.

Morning Tea and Book Signing

11am - 1pm Isobelle Carmody, YA and Children's Writer will look at developing an authentic voice across a novel, creating diverse characters and developing strong character arcs.

Lunch and Book Signing

2.30pm - 4.30pm Dave Lowe, Junior Novel Author will focus on instilling humour into your story and structuring your junior fiction novel.

Book Signing


Please note that morning tea and lunch are not included. You can purchase food and drinks from the  Bookshop Cafe and Whale Mall Cafe.

Book signings will take place in the Library Bookshop across from Room 1B.



Full Day $60.00 for Book Links/ Write Links Members and students

Full Day $80.00 non members


Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

Contact Details:

Yvonne Mes info@booklinks.org.au 0423 520 034


Peter Carnavas


Peter creates picture books for children and grown-ups to enjoy. He writes simple yet poignant tales, accompanied by whimsical illustrations, which combine to create layers of meaning for the reader. His books include Jessica's Box, Last Tree in the City, The Great Expedition and his latest picture book, The Children Who Loved Books, a warm and moving celebration of books and the ways in which they bring us together. He has also collaborated with Pat Flynn on My Totally Awesome Story, an action-packed comedy that manages to make kids laugh and learn how to write stories at the same time.

Peter's presentations involve cartooning, storytelling tips, illustration techniques, hands-on fun and lots of audience participation. With a background in primary school teaching, Peter has a natural rapport with children and loves showing them how they can create stories and illustrations themselves.

Peter's work has been nominated for many awards, including the Queensland Premier's Literary Award, The Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award and Speech Pathology Australia's Book of the Year Award. His books have been translated into many languages.

Peter was honoured to be a National Year of Reading Ambassador in 2012 and continues his role as a Love2Read National Ambassador in 2013.


Isobelle Carmody


Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed authors of fantasy. At fourteen, she began Obernewtyn, the first book in her much-loved Obernewtyn Chronicles, and has since written many works in this genre. Her novel The Gathering was joint winner of the 1993 Children's Literature Peace Prize and the 1994 CBCA Book of the Year Award, and Greylands was joint winner of the 1997 Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction (Young Adult category), and was named a White Raven at the 1998 Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Isobelle's work for younger readers includes her two series, The Legend of Little Fur, and The Kingdom of the Lost, the first book of which, The Red Wind, won the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers in 2011. She has also written several picture books as well as collections of short stories for children, young adults and adults.

Dave Lowe

Dave is a Brisbane-based author of twelve acclaimed books aimed at children between 7 and 11.

The ‘Stinky and Jinks’ books, illustrated by Mark Chambers, follow the exciting adventures of a boy and his genius hamster. The first book, My Hamster is a Genius, was highly commended at the prestigious Sheffield Book Awards in the UK in 2013 (second only to Tom Gates) and the series (six books) has already been translated into six languages, and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Dave is also the author of two ‘Squirrel Boy’ books, illustrated by Cate James, about a new kind of superhero, and his 73 year-old sidekick, Mrs Onions. The first book, Squirrel Boy vs The Bogeyman, won a Lancashire Fantastic Book award in 2016.   Winner of Teach Primary Book Award 2018 - UK