Reading Matters

Thursday, 28 May 2015Saturday, 30 May 2015
Location Multiple venues

Teens love storytelling: it takes them on flights of imagination from familiar places to fantastical realms. Reading Matters is a series of events dedicated to storytelling for young people. In 2015, the 11th biennial Reading Matters will bring together a sparkling array of authors, illustrators and publishers to discuss, debate and celebrate books for young adults.

Our 2015 program features a range of events with leading YA authors, fresh new voices and youth literature specialists. Read the bios of our participating authors, including exclusive and international guests.

Watch our video featuring authors discussing Reading Matters.

Reading Matters is presented by the Centre for Youth Literature.

Companion card is accepted at State Library Victoria events.

Reading Matters conference

Friday 29 May and Saturday 30 May 2015
ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne
Price: $540

Reading Matters is Australia’s leading youth literature conference for professionals and youth literature enthusiasts. Gather to discuss big issues, explore YA trends and celebrate new and established young adult writers. Share ideas with colleagues from across the country, find inspiration in outstanding talent, mull over the big issues and celebrate the strength of our industry at Reading Matters.

Browse the conference program to discover the incredible roster of talent appearing at Reading Matters 2015.

Inspiration by Design: Word and Image from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Friday 29 May 2015
State Library Victoria, 238 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Time: 6.30–8.30pm
Price: included in conference admission

Celebrate the halfway point of the Reading Matters journey with an exclusive evening at State Library Victoria spent amidst the treasures of London's V&A Museum. Looking back at the beauty and history of the illustrated book, this unique international exhibition provides the backdrop for an evening of conference reflections. See wonders of the past and discuss the books of the future as you mingle with the Reading Matters Young Adult authors.

Drinks and canapés included.

Reading Matters student program (years 6 to 10)

Thursday 28 May 2015, 10am–2pm
Concurrent sessions at State Library Victoria 
Price: $14.30 per ticket (one complimentary ticket for teachers per 10)
Bookings: booked out

A celebration of all things youth literature! Bring your students to State Library Victoria to hear inspiring Australian and international authors, including Laurie Halse Anderson, Sally Gardner, Jaclyn Moriarty, Sean Williams and many more. 

Browse the student program.

Writing Matters: Public program

Sunday 31 May 2015, 11am–4pm
State Library Victoria
Price: Free

Let your book nerd shine at the Reading Matters public day. Come and meet your favourite international and Australian authors, as well as other like-minded YA fans.

Discover the writing process behind a range of genre fiction at our author sessions. Relax in the chill-out zone, express your inner geek in our activity space, and – of course – stock up on great books to read and fun merch to wear.

Browse the public program.