Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of The Lotus War, The Illuminae Files and The Nevernight Chronicle. Jay won the 2016 Gold Inky with Amie Kaufman for Illuminae. He is 42 Australian editions of Gemina tall, enjoys killing IRL readers in his books, and doesn’t believe in happy endings.
Nevo Zisin is an activist, student, writer and public speaker with a focus on issues surrounding gender, sex and sexuality. Nevo works as a youth leader for children, running programs and worshops in schools. Finding Nevo is their first book and it is an autobiography about gender and everything that comes with it. They will be appearing at the Reading Matters conference in June. Click here to book your tickets now!
Rachael Craw is the award-winning author of the YA spec-fic trilogy Spark, Stray and Shield, with book one recently optioned for the big screen by Miss Conception Films. Rachael will be appearing at the Reading Matters conference from 1-7 of June, including two events at the Reading Matters public day on Sunday 4 June: ‘Speculative Fiction’ with Mariko Tamaki and Jay Kristoff, and ‘Publishing 101’ with Jennifer Niven and Shivaun Plozza.
Alison Evans’ work has been published in various Australian and international journals, magazines and zines. They are the co-editor of Concrete Queers, a zine about fun queer stuff created by fun queer people. Alison has also published three books, of which Ida is their latest release. They will be appearing at the Reading Matters conference in June. Click here to book your tickets now!
Mariko Tamaki is an award-winning Canadian writer best known for her graphic novels Skim and This One Summer, with Jillian Tamaki. Her most recent YA prose novel is the wonderful Saving Montgomery Sole. Mariko will be appearing at the Reading Matters conference from 1-7 of June, including two events at the Reading Matters public day on Sunday 4 June: ‘Speculative Fiction’ with Rachael Craw and Jay Kristoff, and a free writing workshop for under 20s, ‘Comics!’.
Shivaun Plozza is the author of Frankie, a 2017 CBCA shortlist and – more importantly – 2017 Inky Awards longlist title. Shivaun will be appearing at the Reading Matters conference from 1-7 June, including two events at the Reading Matters public day on Sunday 4 June: ‘Publishing 101’ with Rachael Craw and Jennifer Niven, and a free youth writing workshop, ‘Finding Your Voice’. Click here to book your tickets now!
Want to learn worldbuilding with Jay Kristoff, talk characters with Shivaun Plozza, explore the unreal with A.S. King, or read comics with Mariko Tamaki? As part of the #YAmatters public day program on Sunday June 4, these four amazing YA authors will be running a series of workshops to help you refine your writing skills and kickstart your creativity.
Do you love books, writing and digital media? We’re looking for a group of savvy, creative teens in years 9 and 10 to be involved in the first ever Dog’s Advisory Board (DAB). The DAB is an after-school program that meets at the State Library Victoria once a week to discuss all things Inside a Dog, from design to content to programming, and to talk about books and writing. Sessions will include writing exercises, author visits and general bookish chat.
The 2017 Inky Awards longlist has just been announced! The list was selected by our wise, thoughtful Inky alumni from all around Australia, who have done a stellar job selecting their favourite YA titles from all those published last year.
(If you think that sounds like a fun job, then maybe you should apply to be a judge for this year’s awards! We’re currently looking for bookish teens from all around Australia to help us select the 2017 shortlist. If you’d like to get involved, click here to apply.)