Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

OMG! Soon I will be a *STAR! Come ‘romance’ me at Romancing the Stars  on 11 March, 2020.

PLUS I’m thrilled to announce exciting kidlit news, events and opportunities … which I’m part of.

Blog Co-ordinator for Book Links and Write Links.

In 2020, I will be the Blog Co-ordinator for two cutting edge kidlit organizations, Book Links and Write Links. My job is to ensure the children’s writing community knows about valuable events and opportunities for writers, illustrators, teachers and librarians.

I’m requesting writers who plan to attend events. Please message me, so you can snap photos and write a short blog about your experience. Your blog will be accredited to you, and shared widely, promoting your profile.

SCBWI Meeting 9 Feb Chermside Library

  1. New Commissioning editor, Clair Hume from UQP Books will reveal her publishing vision for children’s books.
  2. Book Launch Brainstorm Panel shares quirky and pro-active ways to organize a book launch. Speakers include Dave Lowe, Angela Sunde, Taryn Bashford, Karen Tyrrell (moi) and MC Jacqui Halpin.


Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue

I’m honored to announce my book, Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue will be featured at Romancing the Stars event.

Song Bird, half-girl half-bird battles Destructo to save the Great Barrier Reef with her team of friends using science.

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Authors Karen Tyrrell & Steve Tyrrell perform Great Barrier Reef Rescue


Sir David Attenborough

Sir David sent a letter of support for Great Barrier Reef Rescue, sparking community interest.

The Courier Mail published a story and ABC radio interviewed me.  LISTEN HERE

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Sir David Attenborough supports Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

Romancing the Stars 12 March  

Jenny Stubbs, President of Book Links Qld Inc. invited me to be part of Romancing the Stars, Brisbane’s premier children’s literature event. I’m honored to be included with so many authors and illustrators I admire.

On Thursday evening 12 March discover books our local authors and illustrators  created for children and young adults. Each creator will give a short introduction to their latest publication in a small intimate circle. Then they rotate to the next group. You have an opportunity to get inside information from the book creators.  And make contact with potential presenters for your school or library.

Romancing the Stars 2018


Speed date 20 local stars and meet others informally. Great food and drinks. View and buy books and illustrations.

Enter raffle and quiz competition.

Professional Development certificates provided after the event.

Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

Karen Tyrrell, Remy Lai, Jacqui Halpin, Josie Montano.


Meet: Aleesah Darlison, Allison Rushby, Jane Smith, Kathy Hoopmann, Lisa Walker, Remy Lai, Richard Yaxley, Taryn Bashford.

Andrew King, Anil Tortop, Chi Mary Kalu, Cori Brooke, Dannika Paterson, Heidi Cooper-Smith, Jacqui Halpin, Megan Forward.

Michelle Worthington, Robert Henderson, Sophie Beer, Yvonne Mes, MC Josie Montano and Karen Tyrrell.


Join us if you are a teacher, librarian or lover of children’s literature. And want to gain the inspiration behind the latest cutting-edge books.

RSVP by 1pm Monday 9 March.


Iona College, (Library)
85 North Rd, Lindum QLD 4178


Thursday 12 March, 6- 9:30 pm

Contact Details:

Jenny Stubbs 0409 266 786


Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

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4 comments to Romancing the Stars Kidlit News

  • steve tyrrell

    Congratulations Karen for being selected to appear at Romancing the Stars 2020. Its an amazing line up of authors and illustrators, and you are going to shine in such fine company. Everyone who knows you understands how much energy and creativity you apply to your craft, whether its writing, educating or performing. Love being part of it, woohoo Steve.

  • Thanks Steve, Couldn’t have done it without you. You were there every step of the way. Writing, editing, critiquing, performing.
    I share my *STAR status with you.
    Yours, Karen 🙂

  • Jacqui Halpin

    Great write up, Karen! Looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂

  • Thanks Jacqui, Thanks for asking me to be part of the SCBWI panel.
    Thrilled to bits to be a Star at Romancing the Stars, my very first one in Brisbane.
    See you there times two, with Steve x

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