SCI-KU – can you?


SCI-KU & Science Poetry Competition

Here’s something to cross-fertilize disciplines and explore the filmy line between science and art/literature!

More About Haiku & SCI-KU

Submit your own Sci-ku poems with a statistics or maths theme.

  •  primary,
  • secondary
  • open category

For National Science Week annual celebration of science

How to Enter – On-line entry & Rules

This competition is an initiative of RiAus


  •  a new prize for Science Poetry – for over 18 years – explores scientific understandings and achievements. Science includes the natural and physical sciences, the applied sciences, the newly emerging and interdisciplinary fields and mathematics.

Saturday August 10 to Sunday August 18

Great Big Science Read Book Recommendations

Science Daily

Discover Science


The Inaugural Stella Prize

The Stella Prize 2013 Winner is  Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany

Announced Tuesday 16 April

Click on the cover image to find out more about the book and explore the site to find out more about The Stella Prize.

"Mateship with Birds, is a triumph of noticing and, having noticed, of carefully, meticulously assembling the things that have been noticed into a novel"

“Mateship with Birds, is a triumph of noticing and, having noticed, of carefully, meticulously assembling the things that have been noticed into a novel”

The Stella Prize is a major new literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing. It is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and celebrates women’s contribution to Australian literature. The Stella Prize rewards one writer with a significant monetary prize of $50,000.

Write a Book in a Day : Eden’s Curse shortlisted.

Congratulations Everyone!

Eden’s Curse Shortlisted : Look out for Nov. 1st when winners will be announced.

WA’s  Jo-ann Whalley judged the VIC, Qld, SA, TAS, NT Best Book shortlist Upper School Category

Winning ARTISTS will also be announced on November 1st.

What a great effort for all the teams, and Mr. Grubert.

If you want to read Eden’ s Curse here it is  on the Team 4 link, while you’re there take a look at the other books

I Became A Billionaire Writing Competition – 10 – 13 year olds

Writing Competition for 10 – 13 year olds.

Richard Newsome’s award winning Billionaire series.
Gerald Wilkins (13 years) inherits 20 billion pounds.
That’s when the trouble starts…

Write an imaginative story of up to 500 words about what would happen if you inherited billions of dollars,

and you could win a huge prize for your school and your own bookshelf.

 The winner and runner-up will also receive books 1 to 4 in the Billionaire series,

and author Richard Newsome will read the stories out on the internet!

Entries Close Friday 9th November.

For more details Text Publishing or contact for an entry form.

International News

Monument of the Ubud Water Palace

Bali is hosting the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival

October 3rd – 7th 2012

The theme this year is This Earth of Mankind

‘The 9th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival program is here, bringing Indonesian and international writers, readers, thinkers and artists together in the unique setting of Ubud to engage in conversations and exchange ideas.’ From the Website.

This Festival is firmly on the reading and writing network in our region.

  You can follow on Youtube  Facebook  Flickr and Twitter – explore the colourful, exciting  website.

Australian singer, songwriter, composer, scriptwriter, novelist

and actor Nick Cave will be attending this year

“Nick Cave in our already stellar line-up. This program honours the diversity of writers across the globe, in keeping with our theme, This Earth Of Mankind. We are not star makers or celebrity worshippers, but everyone can share at least a shiver of anticipation knowing that Nick Cave will be in Ubud in October!” requoted from:

Launceston Author Visit

Antarctica : A Biography

Author David Day

Petrarch’ Bookshop

21st August at 6.00 pm

Explorers, the hostile Antartic climate, overcoming the odds, commercialisation and national glory

‘On a deeper level, it is the story of nations seeking to incorporate the Antarctic into their national narratives and to claim its frozen wastes as their own’

There is limited space so RSVP to reserve your space.

More CBCA Announcements

One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch. Macquarie Island is a remote World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today. From Penguin Books Australia

Visit the Author  & Illustrator Sites,

or read some other informative links…

Kat Constable Biography, Photos and Tips of Young Writers!

Jackie French All about Jackie, her work & life – how to get your first book published writing tips…

Susan Green Publishers site, links to The Truth About Verity Sparkes

Nick Bland Get all Nicks news via Twitter

Lucia Masciulo The Whimsical World of Lucia Masciullo : painter and illustrator. Portfolio, books, blogs aand more

Elizabeth Honey An interview with Elizabeth, and details about her publications

Bob Graham Wikipedia lists for author and illustrator Bob Graham – with a link to the Portal for Children’s Literature

Ron Brooks  Artist, author & illustrator. Ron Brooks lives in the Huon Valley in Tasmania.

Margaret Wild Author of over 70 books, published worldwide.

Bruce Whatley Writer & illustrator of over 60 picture books published internationally. Read his blog & see his work, checkout his App.

Alison Lester All about the author & illustrator – bio, projects, books.

Sonya Hartnett Books, interviews, biography & resources.

Coral Tulloch Coral Tulloch – author and illustrator of over 50 books. Coral has visits The Antarctic and lives with her husband & daughter in Hobart.

Ahn and Suzanne Doh Ahn Do’s website. His wife Suzanne Do has collaborated and co-authored the books, and he has another career as a comedian and keynote speaker.

Freya Blackwood  Read all Freya’s news, find out about her life and see her on-line portfolio of beautiful illustrations.

CBCA Book of the Year Award Winners Announced Today

Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep. He has dreams he can’t explain, and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him – his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.

Scot Gardner    Also check out   Scot of the Antipodes

‘I have never read a book more gripping, nor a book more triumphantly alive. I love how it haunts me still. I swear, I will never forget The Dead I Know‘. – John Marsden


Praise for Bill Condon: ‘Condon presents readers with confronting and emotive issues … Yet he still manages to weave humour, tenderness, love and mateship into the framework of the novel.’ – Sun Herald

 Dan and his brother Eddie take off for the coast, in search of their lost mother, in search of a better life . . . but it’s a long road they face and Dan must use all his wits to get them there in one piece.

CBCA Book Week Shortlisted Book Covers – Older Readers 2012

Bill Condon Website

Tristan Bancks

Ursula Drombosarsky

Scot Gardner

Andre McGahan

Robert Newton

Ishmael and the hoops of steel / Michael Gerard Bauer.


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