Read Alert - Youth Literature

Reading Matters 2017 - Conference

November 24, 2016


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 will feature a two-day conference and one-day student program.

Date: Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June 2017 Venue: ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road Price: $500 (early bird price - 30 Nov), $550 (or $520 per ticket for organisation booking over 2)

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The conference offers a well-structured and informative program with stimulating content and thought-provoking themes, delivered by international and local high profile authors and emerging talents.


Our speakers include: A.S. King (USA), Rick Yancey (USA), Mariko Tamaki (Canada), Lili Wilkinson, Rachael Craw (NZ), Randa Abdel-Fattah, Alison Goodman, Nevo Zisin, and Lance Balchin. We also have Jennifer Niven (USA), Jay Kristoff, Jane Harrison, and Dougal MacPherson (our artist in residence) joining us. More information on the speakers can be found here.

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.


Book your Early Bird tickets now for this two-day professional conference, available exclusively until Wednesday 30 November 2016.