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There’s some good news for all our schools in New South Wales! Though one of the main speaking agencies in NSW for authors and illustrators has made the decision to close, Booked Out will now be representing many new NSW based speakers 💛🎉✨

Some faces will be familiar – Oliver Phommavanh, Nat Amoore, Tim HarrisDeb Abela and Jacqueline Harvey to name a few – and we’re very excited to introduce some wonderful new speakers too! First cab off the rank is Mick Elliott,  who can give talks about his hilarious kids’ books and run both writing and cartooning workshops to inspire your students to dive into their own creative projects.

Through the year, we’ll also be touring many well-known interstate authors in Sydney – watch this space! 🤩

We’re looking for a new superstar part-time Booking Coordinator to join the friendly Booked Out team at our office in the heart of Fitzroy (with some days WFH). ⁣

If you love books, authors and publishing, this is a special opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of words by helping organise speaker events, mainly for authors and illustrators to visit primary & secondary schools 📚💚⁣

Our speakers hail from a broad range of disciplines, but are all tied together by the written word and a passion for progress.⁣

We work nation-wide with hundreds of talented and famous authors, including Morris Gleitzman, Tristan Bancks, Jackie French and Alice Pung. ⁣

To apply, please read the full position description here: ✨⁣

We welcome all applications, and if you think you know someone who might be perfect for this role, please feel free to let them know we are hiring.⁣

We look forward to hearing from you! 🙌

We cannot wait to introduce you to our newest speaker – Ren Alessandra has recently joined us here at Booked Out and we are very excited to welcome her.

Ren is a poet and spoken word artist, and in 2020 won the Australian Poetry Slam Championship. She is a passionate advocate of poetry as an art form, with its ability to empower, educate and connect young people. In Ren’s own words:

‘There’s nothing I love more than working with young people to give them an opportunity to show themselves how powerful they are when they speak up.’

To enquire about booking a speaking engagement with Ren, get in touch at, or over the phone on (03) 9824 0177.


We are excited that we will hopefully be back to face-to-face office hours soon but before that, we will not be operating over the long weekend. Our staff will be out of the office on both Monday and Tuesday, lapping up this particularly exciting post-lockdown weekend. We hope you enjoy it too!

YABBA-Dabba-Doo!⁣ 😱🥳🙌

Congratulations to the wonderful winners of the 2022 YABBA Awards, one of our favourite and best children’s literature organisations around 💕

Hurrah to the winners and also to the magnificent shortlist, which featured many familiar Booked Out faces!

✨ Tomorrow is Love Your Bookshop Day! ✨

#LYBD2021 is one of our absolute favourite days of the year, giving us the perfect excuse to buy mountains of books from our ever-growing wishlists 💚
Head on over to view a full list of bookshops you can support tomorrow, either with an online order or an in-person visit and browse! 📚
We’d like to give a shout out to one of the best bookshops in Melbourne, The Little Bookroom, for all the amazing work they do to get kids excited about reading 💙 We wish we could visit you every day of the year!

As lockdowns remain in place around much of the country, our speakers are continuing to deliver fabulous online sessions, bringing joy to kids during these otherwise unusual times. ⁣

Here is just some of the glowing feedback we’ve received, which we think speaks for itself!

AILSA WILD – Penleigh and Essendon Grammar, August 2021⁣
‘Our Prep – Year 6 students responded with great enthusiasm to Ailsa Wild’s visit. Ailsa adapted our author visit to an online format and it couldn’t have been better. She got the students moving and they jointly began constructing a story which many have written their own endings, or written a new story inspired by her ideas. Ailsa was a fabulous and inspiring guest speaker.⁣’

DAVINA BELL – St Thomas the Apostle, August 2021⁣
‘The Prep to Two classes had a wonderful time and were engaged and captivated from the moment Davina spoke. The students loved the writing ideas and how she incorporates life experiences into her stories. It was interesting to hear the step by step process it takes to write books. Although it was an online session the students were still able to participate and enjoy the love for books and the celebrations that come with Book Week. Thank you Davina for sharing your passion for writing and books.⁣’

NAT AMOORE – St Andrew’s Cathedral School, August 2021 ⁣
‘Nat was absolutely fantastic! The kids LOVED her. We were limited to a digital experience and Nat managed to jump right through our screens. Cannot recommend her highly enough.⁣’

JACK HEATH – Haileybury, August 2021⁣
‘Jack was able to back up four sessions in a row with high energy. The teachers really loved some of his writing tips too, especially when he spoke about editing your writing. Students enjoyed the mini workshop element Jack brought to the second half of his talk… it was interactive and used zoom chat function so all were involved.⁣’

Our speakers can do online sessions regardless of whether your students are in a virtual classroom or a real one. To book a speaker for Term 4, call us at (03) 9824 0177 or send an email to

You made it! Term 3 is finally over, and we couldn’t be happier it’s the holidays!

With cherry blossoms bursting on every corner and sunlight slowly lengthening the ends of our days, it’s the perfect time to take a breath and pat yourself on the back for getting through a super tough term.

Booked Out will be here and working throughout the break (with a window cracked open for a warm breeze!), so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions at all.

However, we will be enjoying a long weekend this week, with Friday, 24 September as a public holiday in Victoria for the Grand Final Weekend – we can’t wait!

Did you know that tomorrow is Australian Reading Hour? ⁣⭐📚

Organised by Australia Reads, this fantastic initiative is a celebration of reading, encouraging everyone to pick up a book for one hour tomorrow, wherever you may be!⁣ 📖💚

Reading is a great way to unwind, educate and connect with others – whether it’s people you read to, read with, or read about on the page. Any book is a good book, and all reading is good reading!⁣ ☄

If you’re able to join an event, click here to find out more:⁣

We’ll see you all tomorrow, book in hand! The final question… is one hour enough for all the word nerds at Booked Out? 😮

⭐ It’s time to celebrate with some huge award wins by Booked Out authors! ⁣⭐

Coming in first is the incredible Cath Moore, winner of the Griffith University Adult Book Award for Metal Fish, Falling Snow 🐟🌧

The shortlist was packed with 100% Booked Out authors – and we couldn’t be more proud.⁣

Next is the 2021 ARA Historical Novel Prize, which celebrates the talents of:⁣

🔸Anthony Hill (The Last Convict)⁣
🔸Nicki Greenberg (The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel)⁣
🔸Anna Ciddor (The Boy Who Stepped Through Time)⁣

Last but not least is the nightly Nat Amoore for the 2021 Environment Award for Children’s Literature, winner for The Power of Positive Pranking! 🌞⭐🌱

We couldn’t be happier – great work everyone, especially during such tough times 💞