Reading Matters

Professional development
Thursday 30 May 2013, 10:00am - Monday 3 June 2013, 8:00pm
03 8664 7014
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Reading Matters helps you stay in touch with crucial and emerging issues and trends in youth literature.

Our 2013 program features a range of events with leading YA authors, fresh new voices and youth literature specialists.

Reading Matters is presented by the Centre for Youth Literature.

Companion card accepted at State Library of Victoria events.

Student day (Years 5 to 10)

Thursday 30 May 2013, 10am–2pm
Concurrent sessions at State Library of Victoria and RMIT
Price: $10 students, accompanying teachers free

Meet popular international and Australian authors including Smile author Raina Telgemeier, John Flanagan, Morris Gleitzman and Garth Nix. View the full program and choose from two simultaneous sessions. Book now as places are limited.

<strong">Thursday 30 May 2013, 11am–5pm
State Library of Victoria
Free event

Would you like to offer better services and support to your young adult library users? Talk all matters YA, learn something new and share your ideas at this unconference for librarians and interested youth literature professionals.

Conference reception

Thursday 30 May 2013, 6–8pm
Experimedia, State Library of Victoria
Price: free for Conference delegates, $35 for Unconference delegates

This evening event is exclusive to unconference and conference attendees.


Friday 31 May, 8.30am–5.30pm and Saturday 1 June 2013, 8.30am–4.30pm
Storey Hall, RMIT
Price: $450

Attend this two-day conference for industry professionals and YA enthusiasts. Hear from popular international and Australian authors as well as up-and-coming names to watch out for. Learn about current and emerging trends in YA and seize the opportunity to network with guest authors and attendees. View the full program.

Special evening event: Friday night fight – Young adult vs adult

Friday 31 May 2013, 8–10pm
Experimedia, State Library of Victoria
Price: $16.50 full, $13.20 concession

Spectacle is guaranteed as literature comes alive! Longtime writing rivals – those who write for a (so-called) adult audience, and those who write for the YA market – finally face off. Emerging Writers' Festival favourites will be pitched against the superstars of contemporary Young Adult fiction. A winner will be determined and victory will be Sweet (Valley High)!

On the road

Monday 3 June 2013, 6.30pm–8.00pm
Waurn Ponds library

Internationally acclaimed YA author Gayle Forman will be joined by award-winning Australian authors Myke Bartlett and Vikki Wakefield for a free evening event to discuss the themes, form and process involved in writing for a young adult audience.

Geelong Regional Library Corporation, in partnership with the State Library of Victoria, is pleased to present the 2013 Reading Matters Regional Program.

The authors are in Geelong for one night only, so book your seat to avoid disappointment.


Accor Hotels is pleased to offer special accomodation rates for Reading Matters attendees. Visit the Accor website for details.

Booking information

Online bookings are now closed, but you can still book for the conference by phone on 03 8664 7014.