In conversation with Anna Snoekstra

On Saturday 7th of July, we were invited to be in conversation with our latest #loveozya member, Anna Snoekstra, to celebrate the launch of her debut young adult novel, Mercy Point. The launch was held at the lovely Readings Kids in Lygon Street, with plenty of gorgeous refreshments including the much loved cupcakes created by Jess from cakeandmadness.

Mercy Point was selected by you guys over on our twitter to be our July book of the month, and we couldn’t have selected a more thrilling book. It’s amazing to see so much support for our Aussie authors, so we love when they pull through and win our polls, especially since we’ve been seeing how much our bookclub members have been enjoying.

Anna was super lovely, as you would expect from a crime writing novelist. Previously, Anna has published two adult fiction novels, Only Daughter and Little Secrets, and we were lucky enough to hear her talk on a panel when were up at Clunes Booktown Fest. We’ve included the blurb of Mercy Point and a few images down below from the event!Read More »

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Top Ten Unmissable Events at #MWF18

With the official launch of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival program last night, we’ve received a timely reminder of how quickly this epic festival has been creeping up on us. In a night that started the conversations about life and death, which pose as the overarching themes of this year’s program, those who were lucky enough to attend the launch were the first to hear about what’s happening this season. And wow, do these folks have an exciting festival planned!

With events from a ‘choose your own adventure’-style tour though a graveyard to a memorial service for dead pets, the Melbourne Writers Festival for 2018 is pushing the boundaries on what has been explored in the past, and the existing magic of MWF is getting an extra layer of awesomeness. As well as the traditional panels and in conversation panels, there’s also events such a high tea with Alice Pung at the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, a spoken word cabaret inspired by Kurt Cobain’s masterworks, and authors eulogising their careers.

But in order to make searching through the program for the sessions right for you, we decided to share our top ten unmissable events at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. This program truly does have something for everyone. Push the boundaries of the conventional. Try something new. Experience something unheard of. Be a part of the conversations surrounding life and death at the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival.

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Ask… about YA Publishing

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with Writers Victoria to bring to you a very exciting event about YA publishing with #LoveOzYA author Shivaun Plozza and publisher Michelle Madden!

If you write YA, are an aspiring author, or just want to learn more about the publishing industry, this event is for you. Come along to hear all about Shivaun’s road to publication, learn about the current state of YA publishing in Australia, and gain behind-the-scenes insight into what publishers look for in a manuscript.

Book your tickets now to come along to this 1.5 hour session on Thursday 15 November from 6 – 7.30pm!

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About Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun Plozza is the author of ‘Frankie’ (2016) and ‘Tin Heart’ (2018). She’s also been published in anthologies and journals, and works as a freelance editor and manuscript assessor.

About Michelle Madden

Michelle Madden has been a Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House since 2002. Penguin Random House is an international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Michelle’s list covers fiction and non-fiction, including YA and adult cross-over, speculative fiction, middle-reader fiction (in particular series fiction), picture books, verse novels and illustrated fiction and non-fiction for children.


Grab your tickets from the Writers Victoria website!

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Pride Picnic / Our Favourite Queer Novels

Yesterday, we hosted our very first Pride Picnic! But no, this wasn’t our first ever picnic – we’re strong believers in catching up for any occasion at all to eat cake. Cake truly is the best invention in the entire world.

But as June is Pride Month, we thought we’d take our rainbow flags out of the closet, bake some cupcakes and cookies, and gather a bunch of awesome Melbourne YA readers to chat all about our favourite queer YA novels.

It was such a lovely afternoon at Fed Square. Our highlights definitely included hearing all about some upcoming queer novels we can’t wait to get our hands on, what everyone’s favourite queer books are (#sorrynotsorry TBR), and trying everyone’s incredible rainbow food.

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Pride Picnic

We’re hosting a Pride Picnic in celebration of Pride Month! Come along for an afternoon of feasting on rainbow-coloured food (and Oreos, duh) and talking about all your favourite queer YA novels.

We’ll be meeting at the top of Fed Square (near ACMI), and if it’s raining or cold, we’ll be moving inside The Atrium. Please bring a rug and something yum to share! Bonus points if it’s cake. Everyone loves cake.

We hope to see you there!

Grab a ticket here!

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Clunes Booktown Festival | Wrap Up

It’s been a lifelong dream to finally make our way to the wonderful town of Clunes. Clunes history is engrained with the complete and utter love for books, so much in fact that it’s nicknames Clunes Booktown.

Every year they host a two day event expressing their love for reading, writing and all things bookish – and we finally got an invite! So off we went on Friday night, to make our way to our dream town. Despite our haunted AirBnB, we arrived safe and sound and prepared ourselves for our panel filled weekend.

Clunes is absolutely stunning, as you can tell from the photos – and we loved every single moment there. Once we arrived we headed straight to the Clunes Town Hall to see Zana Frallion, Jaclyn Moriarty and Ellie Marney for their open discussion Exploring the Teen Reading Culture. Through out the panel they all spoke about the people who encouraged their love for reading.

“I never remember my parents saying that we must read.” – Jaclyn Moriarty

They also spoke about the importance of having engaging reading texts for teenagers to study in high school, and about the difficulties they’ve faced when trying to recommend books for a high school booklist, even though they have relevant and important themes worth studying, and having writing that keeps a reader intrigued and engaged.Read More »

Clunes Booktown Festival 2018

This weekend, we’re lucky enough to be attending the Clunes Booktown Festival! Clunes is a small town in regional Victoria near Ballarat, and it’s decked out in bookshops and everything bookish. We’re super excited to be going up to Clunes for the weekend to attend panels of all kinds, meet some awesome Aussie authors, and buy some books.

There’s nothing we love more than book events, so a weekend full of them is all we could ever have asked for. We haven’t been to Clunes before, so we’re excited to explore the area and become fully immersed in the literary atmosphere. We’ll be vlogging the weekend and sharing heaps of photos on social media, so make sure you’re following us so you can experience Clunes with us.

We’re thrilled to share three Q&As with some of the #LoveOzYA authors we’re most excited to see – Jaclyn Moriarty, Ellie Marney, and Zana Fraillon! These authors will be appearing on multiple panels over the weekend, so make sure you check out the schedule if you’re keen on attending. Tickets are still available!

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Jaclyn Moriarty

Besides your appearance at the Clunes Booktown Festival, what would your dream panel look like – assuming you can pick up any author from any time period in your TARDIS?

I love this question!  Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley (so I can see the interaction between the two of them), Byron (similar reason, although this is risky as I think that Mary, Percy and Byron would dominate the panel, so I need some strong personalities now to balance them), Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Diana Wynne Jones, Ralph Ellison, Jackie French, Sally Gardner, Roxane Gay, Liane Moriarty, Nicola Moriarty (because I love being on panels with my sisters), the Bronte family, Christopher Marlowe (so that we can solve the mystery of his death and find out whether he actually wrote any of Shakespeare’s plays, and because he will be so grateful to be asked along instead of Shakespeare for once).

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