Reading Matters

In June 2017, the 12th biennial Reading Matters will bring together a sparkling array of guest YA authors, illustrators and publishers to discuss, debate and celebrate books for young adults. The program (see Resources section at bottom of page) will feature a two-day conference and one-day student program.

Reading Matters conference

Date: Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June 2017
Venue: ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road
Price: $550

The conference offers a well-structured and informative program (see Resources section at bottom of page) with stimulating content and thought-provoking themes, delivered by international and local high profile authors and emerging talents.

Delve into topics including:

  • the rise and future of YA
  • YA's expanding readership and appeal to readers, writers and publishers
  • best practices in teen engagement
  • the direction that YA fiction is headed.

Secure your spot at the Reading Matters 2017 conference and boost your expertise in the sector! The escalating popularity of the genre ensures that YA literature can only grow stronger. At the conference, you will: 

  • discover emerging authors and inspiring books to recommend to libraries, schools, readers and book clubs
  • unearth and forecast trends and issues in YA
  • network with experts and colleagues in the sector
  • meet YA authors, readers and publishers from across Australia.

The conference is recommended for librarians, teachers, book sellers, publishers, YA authors and YA fans. 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.

Book online or by downloading and completing the conference booking form at the bottom of this page.

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Reading Matters student program

Date: Thursday 1 June 2017, 10am–1pm
Venue: State Library Victoria
Price: $375 for 25 students (2 teachers) + $11 per student/teacher thereafter (inc GST). For groups of 25 people or fewer, cost is $15 per student/teacher (inc GST).

Reading Matters' student day is one of the most anticipated events of the year by teen readers and YA fans. Committed to a fun and diverse schedule that looks deeply at how young people engage with the world, the student program (See Resources section at bottom of page) offers two concurrent sessions featuring six Australian and international writers and illustrators. Championing young voices as well as established names in YA literature, the student day will host Jay Kristoff, Jennifer Niven, AS King, Dougal MacPherson and Mariko Tamaki as they share their insights, knowledge and experiences.

Choose one of two jam-packed programs over two hours, for students aged between 12 and 16 years old. Participants will have the chance to partake in a live illustration demonstration, enjoy a slam poet performance and learn from a range of talents presenting on illuminating topics including inclusive storytelling, authentic writing, world building and graphic novels.

Book now – don't miss this chance to engage your students with writers, creators, enthusiastic peers and all that YA literature offers.

You can book online or by downloading and completing the student program booking form at the bottom of this page.

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Program A

10am
Jay Kristoff: Space out (presentation)
10.20am
Slam Poets (poetry)
10.30am
Mariko Tamaki: The whole picture (presentation)
10.50am
Dougal MacPherson: Draw attention (live demo)
11.10am
AS King: Reality check (presentation)
11.30am
Jennifer Niven and Will Kostakis: State of mind (panel)
12pm
Book signing

Program B

10am
Will Kostakis (presentation)
10.20am
Dougal MacPherson: Draw attention (live demo)
10.40am
AS King: Reality check (presentation)
11am
Jennifer Niven: Think twice (presentation)
11.20am
Jay Kristoff and Mariko Tamaki: Worlds apart (panel)
11.50am
Slam Poets (poetry)
12pm
Book signing

Note: Unfortunately, Rick Yancey has had to withdraw from the Reading Matters program for personal reasons. We wish Rick all the best and hope to see him in Melbourne in the future.

Reading Matters public program

Let your book nerd shine at the Reading Matters public day on Sunday 4 June! (See the program in Resources section at bottom of page.)

Some of the best international and local YA authors will reveal their behind-the-scenes writing secrets and the things that make them tick. Tap into their expertise and insights, engage with other like-minded YA fans and stock up on great books to read.

Public sessions

Date: Sunday 4 June 2017, 10am–4.30pm
Venue: State Library Victoria
Price: Free for those aged 20 and under; $15 per session for adults 21 years and over (inc GST).

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Learn all about reading and writing YA, straight from the horse's mouth (so to speak).

10am
Speculative fiction with Jay Kristoff, Rachael Craw & Mariko Tamaki
12.30pm
Contemporary YA with AS King, Jennifer Niven and Lili Wilkinson
2.30pm
Publishing 101 with Rachael Craw, Shivaun Plozza & Jennifer Niven

Youth writing workshops

Date: Sunday 4 June 2017, 11am–4.30pm
Venue: State Library Victoria
Price: These workshops are for young people aged 20 and under only (ID required) and are free. 
Please note: Bookings open at 9am on Monday 3 April 2017.

Take the chance to get up-close-and-personal with some of your favourite YA authors. 

11am
Workshop with Shivaun Plozza
11am
Workshop with AS King
3.30pm
Workshop with Jay Kristoff
3.30pm
Workshop with Mariko Tamaki