We received a record number of applications from so many amazing book-loving teens.
We are very excited and proud to announce this year’s Inky Awards judges:
By DAB member Yuna
Read something amazing but don’t have anyone to talk about it with? NO ONE you know reads???? Is there so much angst and feeeeeeelings stored up inside you that need to be shared with the world? These (kind of) easy steps will boost your number of friends and finally give you the resources to fully express your love for books.
1. Join a BOOK CLUB
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.