By DAB member Aahana, the 7 Things You Do After the Final Book Has Destroyed You
1. Stare at the space in front of you, contemplating what to do with the rest of your day/week/life.
2. Come up with the most crazy theories that could only be true in your wildest dreams.
Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author of 11 books, as well as an academic, former lawyer and human rights advocate. Randa’s PhD in Sociology explored everyday multiculturalism, Islamophobia and racism in Australia. Her latest YA novel, When Michael Met Mina, won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Writing for Young Adults and is longlisted for the 2017 Gold Inky Award. Randa is giving the closing address at the Reading Matters conference in June.
Advice from DAB member Flynn on the 7 Steps to Writing a Novel
1. Say goodbye to all your friends
When you begin to write a novel it is probably best to say goodbye to your social life. A clean break is always best and when you become more invested in your characters you will feel less invested in the people around you. As you open yourself up to the world you have created, you will shut yourself off from the world around you.
Reading Matters is taking the show on the road!
For our South Australian friends, award-winning author A.S. King and #LoveOzYA favourite Shivaun Plozza are coming your way! If you want to catch these awesome authors while they are in Adelaide, come along to this free public event at the Institute Building on Tuesday 6 June. Click here to snap up tickets before they’re gone!
Lance Balchin is the author and illustrator of the beautiful Mechanica and Aquatica, the first two titles in his series of picture books centred on a technological future. Lance studied photography at the University of Tasmania and has a Masters of Arts and Bachelor of Laws. He has worked in fashion photography and fine art portraiture, and taught adult photography and film making.
By DAB member Zhana
As some of you may know, the first annual Dog's Advisory Board has had its first meeting just last Tuesday, and it was a huge success! Everyone was so excited to be there and so energetic. We did the generic 'get to know each other' stuff, but ended up spending a good chunk of time talking Harry Potter (I’m a Slytherin for those wondering). It was such a new experience to be in the same room with people that all love the same things. I’ve come to a conclusion that we are all completely insane.
Dougal MacPherson started his ‘15mindrawings’ Instagram project as a way of entertaining his young son one rainy Sunday afternoon. Since then, he has illustrated for tech websites, conferences and now a children’s book, Introducing Teddy. His artwork can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Dougal will be at the Reading Matters conference as the Artist-in-Residence.
A.S. King has been called ‘one of the best YA writers working today’ by the New York Times Book Review. King is the award-winning author of many acclaimed YA books, including Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Ask the Passengers and Please Ignore Vera Dietz. Her most recent novel is Still Life with Tornado. A.S.
Alison Goodman is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling duology Eon and Eona.