YA DAY

Are you ready for our most exciting announcement since we told y’all that we were going to be taking over the Melbourne YA bookish scene with our monthly meet ups and online chats?

Are you ready to hear about the best YA event in Melbourne this January?

Are you ready for…

OUR VERY FIRST YA DAY

That’s right! We’ve been hinting about doing something like this for a while now, and we’re so thrilled to announce that we’re doing our first one-day festival. We’re showcasing not only some of your favourite Aussie authors, but also some of Australia’s best booktubers and bloggers!

It’s going to be a full day of discussions and Q&As, and there are a ton of bookish prizes to be won! Refreshments will be provided.


Schedule

11.00: Arrive

11.15 – 12.00: Panel 1: Booktube Brilliance

12.15 – 1.00: Panel 2: Teens to the Front

1.00 – 1.20: Lunch

1.30 – 2.15: Panel 3: Aussie Authors

2.30 – 3.15: Panel 4: Insights from the Industry

3.30: End


We hope you’re as excited for this amazing day as we are! Please scroll down for more information about the four panels, and who our fantastic panelists will be.

UPDATE: We’re currently trying to raise enough money to get a bigger venue to allow more people to come to YA Day, we’ve started a Kickstarter campaign! Simply pledge $15 or more to secure your spot at our day of festivities. Even if you’re not able to make it and would like to support us anyway, every dollar helps!

Click here to pledge to our Kickstarter.

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Panel 1: Booktube Brilliance

Chami | ReadLikeWildfire

19400442_1896401707243376_7124524802373569085_oChami is an twenty year-old BookTuber at ‘ReadLikeWildFire’ (Soon to be called ‘IsThatChami’) who spends most of her time in a small little corner of the internet, harbouring copious amounts of books and unhealthy reading habits. After all the whining and crying about fictional characters that happened in her youth, Chami decided in late 2014 that enough was enough. So she looked to the joys of YouTube for people who understood her pain and immense love for literature, and alas, she found a home.

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Lily | LilyCReads

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Lily is a a 19 year old booktuber, who has been making book related videos for about a year and a half.

She reviews books she’s recently read, as well as create a variety of book related content on her YouTube channel.

YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

Piéra Forde

PieraForde4TNPiéra Forde is a BookTuber, actor and animal enthusiast who is known for her honest, quirky book reviews and book to screen adaptations of some popular YA books.

After spending most of her childhood with her face stuck in a book and no one to talk with about them, Piéra took to YouTube to share her love of all things fantasy and since then has amassed a large following of other bookworms with similar passions.

YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

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Panel 2: Teens to the Front

Lissa Finger

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Lissa is an avid reader with “Nevernight” by Jay Kristoff, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, Akarnae by Lynette Noni and the Fairyland series by Catherynne M. Valente among her favourites.

She is a passionate fan of Hamilton and Sofia the First. She also spends way too much time stalking people on Twitter.

Blog | Twitter | Instagram

Sam Barnes

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Sam Barnes is a recent year-twelve graduate who is most noted for his sarcasm, self-deprecation and sass. When not procrastinating, he prefers jamming out to Billie Eilish than reading a book, and can be found editing videos surrounded by week-old iced coconut milk coffee mugs.

In the near future, he aims to focus on his passions of photography and writing, but in the mean time, remains to do nothing productive. You can find him online below.

YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

Anisha | Sprinkled Pages

66Anisha is a 17 year old bookish person obsessed with – wait for it – reading (wow, who would have thought?).

She also loves baking and rainy days.

But in all seriousness reading is the best which is why she started her blog, YouTube channel and bookstagram!

Blog | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

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Panel 3: Aussie Authors

Shivaun Plozza

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Shivaun Plozza is a Children’s and YA writer. Her debut novel about a girl called Frankie is titled Frankie and her activity book about medieval Europe is called Medieval Europe. Because she’s inventive like that.

Her short story ‘The Point’ is part of Where the Shoreline Used to Be, an anthology of YA fiction. Other short works have appeared in Above WaterVivid and The Victorian Writer. When she’s not writing she’s beavering away as an editor and manuscript assessor. Her next YA book is Tin Heart.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

Alison Evans

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Alison is the author of the queer sci fi YA book Ida, a maker of zines and co-editor of Concrete Queers.

They write stories about weird stuff, magic,  gender and plants.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

 

Michael Pryor

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Michael Pryor writes fantasy and science fiction, mostly for teenagers. He has published more than thirty-five novels and 50 something short stories. He is one of the co-publishers of Aurealis, Australia’s longest running Fantasy and SF magazine.

He has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Award seven times, and seven of his books have been CBCA Notable books.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

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Panel 4: Insights from the Industry

Catriona | Little Book Owl

CF3Catriona is has been making bookish videos on her BookTube channel, Little Book Owl, for over six years.

When she’s not reading, she can be found staring at her bookshelves longingly or playing video games. She is the Digital & Social Media Coordinator for Bloomsbury Publishing Australia.

YouTube | Twitter | Instagram

Kate O’Donnell

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Kate O’Donnell is a writer, editor and bookseller specialising in children’s and young adult literature.

She has a BA in History and French from the University of Melbourne and studied Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.

Untidy Towns is her first novel.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

Danielle Binks

Danielle Binks_15Danielle Binks is a writer and reviewer, with a particular interest in youth literature. In 2016 she joined literary agency, Jacinta di Mase Management, as ‘Agent-at-Large’ – seeking authors of Young Adult (YA) and Middle Grade (MG) fiction works.

In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, of new Australian young adult writing – inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement – and released by HarperCollins.

Website | Twitter | Instagram

Nadja Poljo

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Nadja is a publicist at Text Publishing.

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A Month of #LoveOzYA Goodness

Next month, we’re celebrating all things #LoveOzYA! As The YA Room is coming up to its first birthday, we want to spread the love for the community that welcomed us with open arms. Twelve months ago, The YA Room was just a hopeful experiment, created by two girls that met at a book launch and share the same passion for reading. We both wanted to create a space for Melbourne YA book lovers to come together on a monthly basis and talk books.

As everyone in the #LoveOzYA community helped to spread the word, we went from being a book club with less than ten people at a couple of our initial Book Meets, to hosting Q&As with authors at the Wheeler Centre. We know that The YA Room will only continue to grow, and we have the #LoveOzYA community to thank for that. The authors, bloggers, readers, and industry professionals who come together to form this community are the most welcoming, kind, and passionate people we’ve ever come across, and we’re eternally grateful for all of you. We wouldn’t exist without you.

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We know that next year will be an even bigger and better year, and we’re excited to plan more Book Meets, host some bigger events, and continue to spread the love of YA. But we want to finish off the year with a bang. So in December, please join us in celebrating all things #LoveOzYA by participating in our Bingo Challenge and sharing the content that Aussie bloggers, authors, and booktubers, will be contributing to our blog and YouTube channel across December.

Towards the end of this month, we’ll be releasing the schedule for all the #LoveOzYA content that we’ll be sharing across our various social media platforms. We have so many exciting contributors, and we’re so grateful to everyone who’s pitching in. In conjunction with these amazing Aussie content creators, we’re going to be sharing our favourite #LoveOzYA novels, what the #LoveOzYA community means to us, and what upcoming releases we’re most looking forward to.

We’d like you to take this time in December to think about the impact the #LoveOzYA community has had on you and what your favourite #LoveOzYA novels are, and we’d love to see you sharing your thoughts across social media. Remember to tag us so we can share your insights!

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But what’s undeniably going to be the most fun aspect of our month of #LoveOzYA goodness is the #LoveOzYA Bingo Challenge we’ve created! This is the first bingo challenge we’ve made, and we hope you’ll get involved. Plus, there are some epic prizes to be won! Scroll down to learn more.Read More »

WRECK Book Meet + other events!

Hi friends! Wow, we can’t believe that it’s already halfway through the year! We’ve had an amazing first half of 2017, and we can’t wait to continue to hold great events and meet even greater bookish people in the remaining months of the year! We have some exciting things planned, and we can’t wait to share them with you soon.

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The first event we have coming up this month is our Twitter chat – #YARoomChat! We hold this online chat every month and discuss about some of the themes and questions raised by out Book of the Month, which is Wreck. We absolutely loved reading this #LoveOzYA novel, and we can’t wait to talk all about it with you!

Find us on Twitter @TheYARoom_MELB.

Wreck Twitter Chat

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Following our Twitter chat, Thursday of that same week we have one of the most anticipated bookish events of this year – #YAFanFest17, hosted by Allen & Unwin! Last year, only people in Sydney were lucky enough to attend, but this year we’ve joined forces with Allen & Unwin to make the first ever Melbourne event for the #YAFanFest possible! We’re lucky enough to be joined by the lovely Lili Wilkinson, where she’ll be talking about everything bookish, answering questions, and having a live-stream with the Sydney event! There might even be some bookish games and awesome prizes. Tickets are limited, so don’t miss out! We hope to see you there.

Grab your tickets here.

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And then, on the last Sunday of the month, we have our Wreck Book Meet at Dymocks! We can’t wait to talk all about this awesome #LoveOzYA novel, so if you love YA, come along! We’re always thrilled to see some new faces. We meet in the upstairs section of the cafe at Dymocks, so you can treat yourself to a hot drink or some cake! It’s bound to be a lovely afternoon surrounded by bookish people.

Get your tickets here.

Wreck Book Meet

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Well, it looks like this month is going to be another busy one! We’re looking forward to all of our upcoming events and we hope to see you there. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!

Sarah and Alex ❤️

June Book Meet

Wow, last month just flew by! Complete with book launches, successful Twitter chats and another fantastic Book Meet, it only felt like the blink of an eye before we were waking up on June 1st. But this month holds more exciting things, because our Book of the Month is the #LoveOzYA Anthology!

Comprised of short stories from phenomenal Aussie authors, this anthology is a must-read for everyone who appreciates and adores Aussie YA. We’re lucky enough to have a few authors joining us at our next Book Meet, so if there’s one Book Meet you attend all year, make it this one! You won’t want to miss it.

LoveOzYA AnthologyThis month’s Book Meet will be held at the Wheeler Centre, so it’s vital to book your tickets. There’ll also be snacks and goodie bags! Grab your ticket here.

Until then!

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STRANGE THE DREAMER – #YARoomChat and Book Meet

Hi everyone! WOW, well I don’t know about you, but this month has been great for us so far! Not only have there been a TON of amazing new releases, including Strange the Dreamer AND next month’s Book of the Month, The Upside of Unrequited, but we also had our Autumn Picnic last weekend! It was amazing to see so many people braving the cold to come and join us to chat about books and eat the delicious sweets that our guests kindly prepared. You can see all of our photos on our Facebook Page, and there are also some on our Instagram!

This coming Monday, we have our monthly Twitter chat – #YARoomChat! As our Book of the Month is Strange the Dreamer, we’ll be talking all about Laini Taylor’s spectacular new book. As always, the chat will be spoiler-free and you’re more than welcome to join in, even if you haven’t read or finished reading the book! We’re also lucky enough to be joined by Hachette Australia’s YA department, Date a Book!

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And then in a couple of Sundays, we have our Book Meet at Dymocks, where we’ll be able to chat IRL about our love for Strange the Dreamer! There’ll be a special surprise for those that join us on the day, so make sure you don’t miss out! We’re looking forward to seeing both old and new faces. Grab a free ticket today so you don’t forget!Read More »

Autumn Picnic

Hi friends! If you haven’t already seen, we’re holding another picnic this Sunday! We’ll be meeting in the same place as last time, where we’ll be sharing sweets and talking about everything bookish.

If you’re thinking of coming, please grab a free ticket through our Eventbrite link so we know how much food to bake – and bring something for us to share! We hope to see you there! ❤

THUG Book Meet

Hello friends!

It’s hard to believe another month is almost over, isn’t it? We had our March Book Talk a couple of days ago, where we discussed the powerful and important novel The Hate U Give. It was amazing to get the chance to chat with the author, Angie Thomas, last week via Skype and it was equally as great to hear everyone else’s opinion.

We also held our monthly #YARoomChat on Twitter, where we were joined by readers all across Australia (and a few from overseas too!) to talk about what we loved about The Hate U Give and why it’s such an important and timely novel.

In case you missed it, here’s a video of the interview with Angie Thomas that we uploaded to our YouTube channel! Check it out!

Next month, we’re super excited to be reading Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Make sure you grab your copy to join in the fun! Our next Book Meet will be held on Sunday 23rd April – we hope you can join us!

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Take a look at some of our favourite reviews of The Hate U Give, written by our book club members:

5 Reasons Why You Must Read THE HATE U GIVE – book review by Sarah

The Hate U Give Review (Spoiler Free) – book review by Bec

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – book review by Angel