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30 January 2017
Back to the classroom…


‘Remember what it’s like being at primary school? The readers you got to take home to help you practice? The books you read together as a class?’

Our author George Ivanoff ponders the books that propel us through school and how writing for a younger audience is both an exciting and educational experience.

Check out his article for Writers Victoria below!

This week many schools are kicking off the school year, so welcome back! We are excited to be working with our favourite and new clients in this exciting first term. Our Booked Out office is already in full swing and we are locking in lots of bookings for the year ahead.

How is your 2017 looking? Why not give us a call on 9824 0177 or send us an email at so we can help fill your calendar.

In the meantime, check out the shortlist for The Indie Book Awards 2017:
There are some brilliant books in here for you to check out! A big congratulations to our speakers Cath Crowley, Mark Smith, Clementine Ford and Andy Griffiths for making the cut.

So here’s to it! Happy New School Year!


After a refreshing summer break, the Booked Out Team are back and raring to go!

We can’t wait to send our wonderful authors, illustrators, artists and experts your way in 2017.

Here’s to an amazing year – we look forward to working with you!

– Lauris, Hannah, Angela, Erinna, Nina and Natalie

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There comes at time when we all need to sit back and take a break. And from Friday 16th of December, the team at Booked Out will be doing just that. We are going to be catching up on our reading lists, and relaxing in the sun for a little while.

But don’t panic! We will be open again soon, on Monday 16 January, 2017.

If you would like to register your 2017 speaker wishlist, please feel free to email us at and we will attend to your email in the new year.

Until then, adios, and best wishes from the team at Booked Out


Tony Wilson’s The Cow Tripped Over the Moon was one of 2016’s best seller’s, now it has been nominated as the book Australia will collectively devour in the 2017 National Simultaneous Story Time!

An annual incentive to encourage children and young adults to immerse themselves in the joy of reading, the event is celebrating its 17th year. On the 24th of May 2017 over 500 000 children will be reading the book. The Cow Tripped Over the Moon was dedicated to Tony’s third child, Jack, who lives with cerebral palsy.

A very well deserved achievement, Congratulations Tony, what an important event! Find out how to get on board with the National Simultaneous Story Time here.


Congratulations are in order for our talented author, Glenda Millard. Her captivating novel, The Stars at Oktober Bend, has been long listed by the UK Literary Association’s Book Awards.

These awards are unique, as they are the only ones entirely judged by teachers themselves. The titles chosen are not only engaging reads for young people, but are also fantastic classroom resources. The Stars at Oktober Bend, a heartfelt tale about love and resilience, is as beautifully written as it is uplifting.

Glenda is one of our most multi-talented speakers. She writes everything from picture books, to novels for young adults. The Stars at Oktober Bend was also shortlisted by the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards earlier this year, so it is clearly loved by students and teachers both overseas and at home.

Congratulations again Glenda, for your success in Australia and abroad!

After publishing ‘Dragonfly Song’ in July, the book went on to get rave reviews. Now, our very own Wendy Orr speaks at Wired for Wonder in Sydney about the incredible way stories can mend us.
This year’s event was underpinned by the theme of ‘POLARITY’ and hosted everyone from neuroscientists to NASA astronauts, with the hope that everyone involved would discover something out of their day to day world.
Thank you Wendy, it is safe to say we are all ready to read and write with a fresh outlook!

A big congratulations are in order for our talented author, Randa Abdel-Fattah. Her entertaining and eye-opening book, Does My Head Look Big In This?, was this week among four Australian novels to receive adaptation funding from Screen NSW. This is a well-deserved book-to-film project and an important step in understanding and promoting multiculturalism in Australia.

Well done, Randa!


Author George Ivanoff took a brief break from fleeing his alien foes to thank those who voted for him in this year’s Kids Own Australian Literature Awards.

Watch his acceptance below:


A huge congratulations to Corinne Fenton, whose book One Christmas Eve has inspired the 2016 Myer Christmas Windows!

Be sure to keep an eye out for book signing opportunities with Corinne to be announced over the next few weeks.

This is the second year running that Corrine’s work has been featured, with Little Dog and the Christmas Wish as the theme for the 2015 display.

The windows are on display every day from 7:30am daily until Wednesday 6 January 2016.

9 News Melbourne captured the highlights of the launch, watch here.

Pictured: Corinne Fenton with illustrator Marjory Crosby-Fairall and 7 year old Lily, whose photos were used in the illustrations and as a model for the sculptor of the character Bella.

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