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7 March 2018
CBCA Night of Notables


Last week, three Booked Out agents were thrilled to attend the CBCA Night of Notables, to get in on the latest action from the Children’s Book Council of Australia (VIC).

The evening was kicked off by Sarah Mayer Cox, primary school teacher and Lecturer in Education at LaTrobe University, who took us through the evolution of Book Week in Victoria, with some hilarious Book Week stories from her time as a primary teacher. We then heard from passionate creatives Demet Divaroren and Adam Wallace, who gave us some insight into the artists’ perspective and how they keep inspired.

The most exciting moment of the evening was, of course, the announcement of the CBCA Notable Titles for 2018 – and we were so excited to see so many Booked Out speakers on the list. Click through to see this year’s selection – the judges have some tough choices ahead of them!

Thank you to the CBCA for a wonderful evening celebrating the importance of Australian children’s and YA literature.

The image is of the wonderful Demet Divaroren, Winner of the Premier’s Literary Award for 2018 (and Booked Out Speaker!)

Booked Out would like to extend a huge congratulations to our speaker Morris Gleitzman, who has just been announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-2019!

The Australian Children’s Laureate promotes the importance of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians. Previous Laureates include Alison Lester, Boori Monty Pryor, and fellow Booked Out speaker Jackie French.

For over 30 years Morris Gleitzman’s books have dominated the shelves of children and young adults all over Australia and the world. His titles include Two Weeks With the QueenBoy OverboardToad Rage, and the acclaimed ‘Felix’ series beginning with Once.

Congratulations, Morris – we can’t imagine a better ambassador for Australian children’s literature, and we wish you every success in this new role.

And no, we are not Back in Black, we are back in full technicolour, brimming with energy and pizazz ready to take off in 2018!

So don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to get your speaker requirements for your school, library or special event sorted. We work with a brilliant range of interesting people, so just touch base with us for our latest recommendations.

Here’s to a happy 2018.

Every year, Booked Out takes a wee bit of time to get some R+R and, being Summer Time, that time is NOW.

We are away from the office for THREE WHOLE WEEKS! Don’t be jealous, we need it.

We’ll be back, well slept and ready to kick off with 2018 from Monday 15th January.

In the meantime, please do have a good look at our website – unlike us mere humans, the website runs 24/7.

You can also email us at and we will get back to you when we can.

Adios for now, and we’ll catchya in 2018.

Corinne Fenton‘s charming children’s picture book, One Christmas Eve, will be on display again!

For the Christmas season of 2017, One Christmas Eve will take pride of place in the Myer windows in Ballarat after its very popular run in the Melbourne Myer windows in 2016.

Corrine was delighted to meet her readers young and old last Saturday, where she signed and chatted about One Christmas Eve, which follows a young girl and her Grandpa in 1968, who explore Luna Park on Christmas Eve.

Marjorie Crosby-Fairall’s gorgeous illustrations are brought to life in diorama, capturing that special Christmas feeling, with the twinkling lights of Luna Park, the luscious colours of the carousel, and the velvety brilliance of a Christmas Eve Night sky.

The Ballarat windows are on display each morning from 7.30AM, and bring Corinne’s heartwarming story to the public eye once again.

Make sure to come on down if you missed it last year!


On the 1st of December, the winners of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced at Parliament House in Canberra.

This prize celebrates the important contribution literature makes to Australia’s cultural and intellectual landscape. 15 judges chose the winners for this prize from more than 450 entries.

Congratulations are in order for two of our wonderful speakers, who have taken out this award in their respective categories: Cath Crowley, author of Words in Deep Blue, and Wendy Orr, author of Dragonfly Song.

Well done, Cath and Wendy – your books will no doubt be cherished by kids and teenagers for years to come.

The winners are:


Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O’Neill


Headwaters, Anthony Lawrence


Quicksilver, Nicolas Rothwell


Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story, Elizabeth Tynan


Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley


Dragonfly Song, Wendy Orr and Home in the Rain, Bob Graham

Congratulations to all the winners and shortlistees!

4 December 2017
New from Jack Heath: Hangman


Jack Heath, author of over 15 acclaimed fiction titles for middle-grade and YA readers, is just about to release his first book for adults: Hangman.

Perfect for crime fans, this thrilling read tells the story of Timothy Blake, code name Hangman. He’s a genius, known for solving impossible cases – but he’s also a dangerous criminal with a dark and mysterious past. Read more about the plot on Allen & Unwin’s website.

We are super excited to sink our teeth into this new book – Hangman has been translated into French, German and Russian, and there’s already talk of a TV series…so we are expecting great things of Hangman and the sequels.

Hangman hits shelves on January 2nd, just in time to pick up a copy for your summer holiday!

Congratulations Jack, on this exciting release!

Readings have announced the top ten titles for Middle Fiction in 2017! This year has seen many talented Australian authors release books of a high calibre,  entertaining and educating young readers with gripping fictional tales. We are pleased to announce that two of our fabulous speakers have made the cut! The Fall by Tristan Bancks and The Boy and The Spy by Felice Arena have both made the top ten. To find out more head to the Readings website, where you can peruse all the wonderful selections!




Congratulations to all the authors who have made it on to the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2017.

A special mention must go to all the authors we are very lucky to work with here at Booked Out:

Steven AmsterdamThe Easy Way Out

Cath CrowleyWords in Deep Blue (pictured)

Zana FraillonThe Bone Sparrow

Glenda MillardThe Stars at Oktober Bend

Claire ZornOne Would Think The Deep

Wendy OrrDragonfly Song

The winners will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information visit this link


Author Hangout is a new webisode series for kids, featuring Australia’s top children’ authors, with host Adrian Beck (who is also a top children’s author in his own right).

Check out episode 1 above with writer Tony Wilson who talks footy and shares his writing tips for kids.

Coming up in the series are Tristan Bancks, Jen Storer, Tim Harris, Sally Rippin, Felice Arena and Michael Wagner, all with their own pearls of wisdom to share.

And kids, if you want to send your questions for authors through to the show, click HERE