2014: The Year Ahead in Youth Literature (formerly Publishers’ Showcase)

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2014: The Year Ahead In Youth Literature
Tuesday 10 December, 6pm – 8:30pm
Experimedia, State Library of Victoria
Cost: $18 per person
Bookings: Book online or (03) 8664 7099

Is dystopian going the way of the dodo? Is crime fiction still a thrill?

The world of youth literature is such a wondrous place, with exciting stories ahead.  Join an array of publishers, literary organisations, and teen fiction fans for a fast-paced, sneak peek at the year ahead. We’ll highlight upcoming trends and interests for youth readers, projects, programs, and opportunities for young adult writers.

This is a community space that will enable you to build relationships between publishers, librarians, teachers, event programmers and literary festivals.

Presented by the Centre for Youth Literature, this program is a revitalised Publishers’ Showcase– connect about news, projects and forthcoming titles.

Light snacks and refreshment provided.

The Centre for Youth Literature welcomes Cory Doctorow

corydoctorowWe here at the Centre for Youth Literature are very excited to announce that Cory Doctorow will be visiting Melbourne’s fair shores next month.  An internationally renowned science fiction author, journalist, activist and co-editor of Boing Boing, Cory will be appearing exclusively at the State Library of Victoria.

We are very happy to introduce the Future Fictions with Cory Doctorow event series!

The Science of Fiction

Friday 22 November 2013, 6.30–8pm

If science fiction writers try to imagine the future, what do they see for the publishing industry and storytelling in a digital age? Hear from science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger Cory Doctorow as he discusses publishing, digital content and the future of narrative.

Venue: Experimedia, State Library of Victoria
Cost: $18 ($15 concession)

Creative versus Commons
Saturday 23 November 2013, 6.30–8pm

As technology evolves so do the ways people share stories. Hear from author, activist and blogger Cory Doctorow and fellow industry experts as they discuss the current issues facing online communities and the future storytelling, sharing and remixing in the digital age.

Venue: Experimedia, State Library of Victoria
Cost: $18 ($15 concession)

Digital fiction masterclass with Cory Doctorow
Sunday 24 November 2013, 2-4pm

Join our exclusive masterclass with renowned blogger and science fiction writer, Cory Doctorow. Explore the changing relationship between authors and readers, the evolution of digital content and how to make an impact in an increasingly online world.

Venue: Queen’s Hall, State Library of Victoria
Cost: $55 (including afternoon tea)

Future fictions with teens
Monday 25 November 2013, 10am–12pm

In this special event just for teens, international author and blogging sensation Cory Doctorow talks about the future of fiction and how to be an active participant in today’s world. Join in a workshop that will unleash your creativity and hear about others who are helping to shape our world.

Venue: Queen’s Hall, State Library of Victoria
Cost: Free
Bookings necessary

Inky Awards Celebration

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Each year the Centre for Youth Literature hosts an Inky Awards event to celebrate great books, and the authors and teenagers who have been a part of this year’s awards.

This year we have some exciting surprises for our Inky Awards event.

Surprise 1: the event is free.

Surprise 2: student workshops will be held with the 2013 Australian shortlisted authors.

Surprise 3: the workshops will be followed by a ceremony, featuring our teen judges, awards announcement and opportunity to mingle with the authors.

Surprise 4: the celebration is open to the general public (and all ages). You do not have to attend the workshops to be able to attend the celebration!

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday the 26th of November 2013
  • Location: State Library of Victoria
  • Time: workshops 10:00am-11:00am,  ceremony 11:00am-12:30pm.
  • Free event
  • Morning tea provided


  • Schools wishing to book into the workshop (10am-11am) + ceremony (11am-12.30pm) need to email youthlit@slv.vic.gov.au, and include the following information: your name, contact details, number of students to attend, name of school, year level/s of students, and number of supervising adults.
  • Public/Schools wishing to attend the ceremony ONLY (11am-12.30pm) may book via event arc (here).

Please note: workshop availability is limited (spaces limited to 25 per school).

This event is supported by Australia Council for the Arts.

Reading Matters: ‘Gatekeepers – the good, the bad and my mother’ – Keith Gray

UK author Keith Gray was a highlight of the first day of Reading Matters 2013 with his thought provoking keynote, ‘Gatekeepers – the good, the bad and my mother’.

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Keith Gray is a full-time writer living and working in Edinburgh, a sister City of Literature. His first novel, Creepers, was shortlisted for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. He has since released a number of critically-acclaimed YA novels which have won, or been shortlisted for, several major awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Costa Children’s Book Award.

Inky Awards: The Audience Prize

Award StickersHow will you celebrate the Inky Awards shortlist? Have fun, get creative and go in the draw to win the Audience Prize – a complete set of all 20 longlisted books!

Make a display, upload a vlog, host an Inky Awards party, or anything else your imagination desires!

What do you need to do? Just be as creative as you can! Then send us a photo/link/video/etc to youthlit@slv.vic.gov.au by 31 October 2013, and include:

  • a short description of what your entry is;
  • your full name/s (if it’s a group entry);
  • your email address;
  • and your daytime phone number.

Inky Award images can be found here, for your use in this competition.


 The Prize

All 20 longlisted titles is a pretty tempting prize – over on our Inside a Dog website, we’ve got a full list of these Inky Awards books that you could win.

Given that this is a competition with a top prize at stake, there are a few T&Cs we have to follow.

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The 2013 Inky Awards Shortlist

The Inky Awards are for the best new young adult books, as voted for by teen readers.

The Centre for Youth Literature is extremely proud to announce this year’s shortlist. We had a fantastic team of teen panelists (to find out more about them, visit our Judges page on Inside A Dog), who spent hours discussing, begging, and sometimes bribing Inky, for their favourite Inky Awards Longlisted books. Our judges took their responsibilities very seriously, and it was great to see such a considered and diverse discussion about books. Their enthusiasm was infectious.

Without further adieu, 2013 Inky Awards Shortlist is…

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Reading Matters: Everyone’s A Critic

The Conversation

Myke Bartlett, Alison Croggon and Morris Gleitzman sat down with Annabel Astbury (Head of Digital Education at the ABC) to discuss the theme ‘Everyone’s a Critic’.

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CBCA Announcement 2013

Exciting news was afoot today – the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) announced the winners of their prestigious annual awards. In partnership with the Centre for Youth Literature, the Victorian chapter held an announcement event for their members, coordinating with CBCA branches around the nation to unveil the winning books.

And the winners are…

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Reading Matters: Recommended Reads 1

Books were verbally flying through the air at this year’s Reading Matters events, with suggestions for great reads pouring in from authors and audience alike.

We’ve rounded up some of the top titles and inspirational authors mentioned by our Reading Matters panellists: first up, Raina Telgemeier, Gayle Forman and Tim Sinclair treat us to a range of action-inspired contemporary fiction, graphic novels and verse.

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Reading Matters: Action!

Young adult literature continually stretches the boundaries of genre but what about medium?  In bringing a writer, a poet and a graphic novelist together, the notion of stories for young adults can be explored across mediums to the heart of the matter – the truth.

Panellists:   Gayle Forman (If I Stay, Just One Day); Tim Sinclair (Run); Raina Telgemeier (Smile, Drama)

Moderated:  Adele Walsh, Centre for Youth Literature

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