Reading Matters 2013 – Author Announcement

The Centre for Youth Literature presents

Reading Matters
30 May – 4 June 2013

Reading Matters is a Melbourne-based celebration of everything that’s unique and exciting in the world of youth literature: From storytelling impresarios to graphic novelists, insights into the narratives of games to debating the politics of YA fiction, this program is as diverse as the teen readers themselves.

Tickets are now on sale to join in this unique opportunity to meet and hear from popular international and Australian authors, as well the debut authors to watch out for, and to learn about current trends in YA across a suite of events:

  • Student day (30 May) – a smorgasbord of authors within one program for students
  • Unconference (30 May) – youth literature professionals share their programming ideas for young people
  • Conference (31 May – 1 June) – sixteen authors share their worlds and craft over two days
  • Beyond the Page (31 May) – our special evening event of fun and frivolity with our authors
  • Regional tour (3 – 4 June)  – authors are taken out and away across Australia

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The Authors

The Centre for Youth Literature’s full Reading Matters program launches in February, but here’s a sneak peek of just five of the sixteen fabulous authors who will be gracing our program:

Gayle Forman
is a Brooklyn based, award winning author and journalist whose articles have appeared in Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Elle. She burst onto the scene with the bestselling, contemporary titles If I Stay and Where She Went, books that are infused with passion, music and memorable characters.


Libba Bray is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gemma Doyle trilogy; the Printz Award-winning Going BovineBeauty Queens; and The Diviners series. She is originally from Texas but makes her home in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband, son, and two sociopathic cats.


Andrew McGahan debuted on the literary scene with The AustralianVogel Literary Award-winning Praise. In 2004 he won the Miles Franklin Literary Award for The White Earth. The Coming of the Whirlpool was the first title in his move into youth literature –the beginning of a swashbuckling series full of action and adventure.


Alison Croggon has published award-winning poetry, plays and an opera or two. She started writing fantasy in the late 90s, was nominated for two Aurealis awards in 2002, and reimagined the spooky moors of Brontë in her 2012 YA release Black Spring.


Myke Bartlett was born in Perth, and spent his first twenty years trying to escape. A trained journalist, Bartlett writes on politics, movies, pop culture and rock music for Australia’s best known cultural publications. His debut young adult novel Fire in the Sea won the 2011 Text Prize.


Program Launch – February 2013

We will announce another five guest names in January, and the final conference program will be revealed in early February. Stay tuned for all Reading Matters news by signing up for the Centre for Youth Literature’s enewsletter, where special conference accommodation deals will be launched.


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Twitter – @centreyouthlit #YAmatters.


This event is brought to you by the Centre for Youth Literature, because Reading Matters.



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