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.
Will Kostakis is an award-winning author, but his real claims to fame are a Twitter spat with Guy Sebastian and that time a member of Destiny's Child said his name. As a high school student, Will was named the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories. His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was 19 and his second, The First Third, won the 2014 Gold Inky Award. The Sidekicks is a 2017 Inky Awards longlist title and his latest novel for young adults.
Lili Wilkinson is the author of ten books and was first published in Voiceworks at the age of 12. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne and previously worked at the Centre for Youth Literature. Lili will be appearing at the Reading Matters conference from 1-7 of June, including an event at the Reading Matters public day on Sunday 4 June: ‘Contemporary YA’ with A.S. King and Jennifer Niven.
Jennifer Niven is the award winning author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe. She has also written fiction and non-fiction for adults. All her stories are about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Jennifer 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: ‘Contemporary YA’ with A.S. King and Lili Wilkinson, and ‘Publishing 101’ with Shivaun Plozza and Rachael Craw.
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 workshops 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.