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, a one-day student program and a one-day public program.

Note: Bookings are still available for the public program; the student program and conference are sold out.

Reading Matters conference – sold out!

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.

Reading Matters student program – sold out!

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.

Program A

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

Program B

Will Kostakis (presentation)
Dougal MacPherson: Draw attention (live demo)
AS King: Reality check (presentation)
Jennifer Niven: Think twice (presentation)
Jay Kristoff and Mariko Tamaki: Worlds apart (panel)
Slam Poets (poetry)
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.

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

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).

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

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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. 

Finding your voice with Shivaun Plozza
Writing strange with AS King
World building with Jay Kristoff
Comics! with Mariko Tamaki

Note: as places are limited, only one workshop booking is permitted per person.

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