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After attending the Sydney Writers Festival last weekend, our staff are so excited about the many new faces we met and the amazing talent emerging from the literary industry.

We had some heartwarming and thought-provoking conversations over the festival, and have some exciting developments in the works.

Keep an eye out for some fabulous new speakers joining Booked Out very soon! 🌟

Welcome to Term 2! It’s sweater weather here at Booked Out HQ, and we’re excited to cheer up your overcast days with a bright and sunny speaker visit β˜€οΈ

The first day of term is always a big one, and we’re ready to chat about your 2021 plans once your students are settled – you can contact us via (03) 9824 0177 or email We’re gearing up for a big couple of weeks, with a range of popular new speakers joining Booked Out – watch this space!

We hope everyone reading this has a fantastic Term 2, full of steaming cups of hot chocolate and cosy evenings. We look forward to helping you make 2021 one of the best years yet, with speaker visits to educate and inspire ✨

Happy Holidays everyone! πŸ°πŸ«β˜•β£ ⁣

Congratulations on making it through Term 1 and we hope you enjoy your well earned Easter break!⁣ ⁣

We have had a very busy few months, with a phenomenal number of new enquiries coming our way. It’s been very uplifting to see, and fantastic to reconnect with teachers and librarians all across Australia.⁣ ⁣

We will be back in the office on Tuesday 6th and here over the break, so if you have a quiet moment in the holidays feel free to get in touch to confirm your booking.⁣ ⁣

Take care β™₯️

The CBCA announced their 2021 shortlist today! πŸŽ‰ Congratulations to all authors, illustrators, publishers and everyone involved in these exciting achievements.
We’d like to give a special shout out to these stellar Booked Out speakers who made the list:

The End of the World is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell – CBCA Shortlist Book of the Year: Older Readers

When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwin – CBCA Shortlist Book of the Year: Older Readers

Who’s Your Real Mum written by Bernadette Green and illustrated by Anna Zobel – CBCA Shortlist Book of the Year: Early Childhood

Norton and the Bear by Gabriel Evans – CBCA Shortlist Picture Book of the Year

Well done all!! πŸŽ‰

You can check out the full shortlist on CBCA’s website and watch the entertaining announcement video here.

It’s Harmony Week! 🧑🧑🧑⁣⁣
A time to celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity in our schools, workplaces and our wider communities. The colour orange, chosen to represent Harmony Week, signifies social communication and meaningful conversations; two things we care deeply about at Booked Out.⁣⁣
Since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia. This includes many of our speakers who are passionate about promoting cross-cultural understanding and offering fresh perspectives on what it means to be an Australian.⁣⁣
We hope you enjoy your Harmony Week celebrations, and continue to foster inclusiveness, respect and harmony throughout the year. 🧑

Due to the Labour Day public holiday in Victoria, the Booked Out office will be closed on Monday, 8th March 2021.

We will be back to our usual programming on Tuesday, 9th March. See you then!

Well this feels familiar!

With the new announcement of a snap lockdown in Victoria, Booked Out will be working remotely until next Thursday (18th February). All staff will be working from home, so please don’t hesitate to call or email with any queries about your bookings.

We’ll see you on the other side!

Wow we have certainly hit the ground running in 2021, with a deluge of booking enquiries coming in every day! We love your enthusiasm and are so excited to bring authors and illustrators back to your classroom.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we make our way through all the enquiries. If your booking is coming up this month, or you’d like to chat with us regarding your enquiry, feel free to give us a call at the office on ☎️ 03 9824 0177 and we will be happy to help.

We hope you’re all settling into the new school year and looking forward to reading and writing your way through 2021. ❀️

To our wonderful clients and speakers… welcome to 2021! πŸ₯³

We hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday break, and that you’re all ready for another big year of school visits with Booked Out. We are so excited to be back in the office and we’re already scheming to make 2021 a year to remember. πŸ’š

If you’d like to get in touch to have a chat about your 2021 plans, you can do so via

☎️ 03 9824 0177

We look forward to hearing from you!


OK, who else is looking forward to 2021?Β  We can’t wait for the summer holidays and to take a breath after such a busy and challenging year.

We can’t be more proud of our incredible speakers who have adapted to the curveballs of 2020, creating wonderful online sessions to keep us busy during lockdown.

A very important shout-out goes to the teachers and students who have worked so hard to continue their education in the face of it all.

Booked Out will close this Friday, with most booking coordinators finishing up on Thursday, 17th December 2020.

We’ll be back on deck on Monday, 11th of January 2021 and we’re looking forward to touching base with teachers across Australia to hear how they would like to make 2021 extra special for their students.

We wish all our lovely speakers a fantastic, fun and safe summer holiday and an excellent start to 2021. We’ll miss you while we’re gone!

β€” Christina, Georgia, Susie, Maddy, Lauris, Kelly, Lucy & Dom