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We are so proud of the way our speakers have adapted to these difficult times. Amongst balancing new workloads and commitments, our speakers have been incredibly resilient, and risen to the challenge of COVID-19 with fantastic online sessions.

Don’t just take our word for it, read on for glowing reviews of recent online sessions, delivered in top-notch quality.

Click here to view our full list of speakers who are offering online sessions, and don’t forget that due to this new initiative, you can now book authors and illustrators from thousands of kilometres away without the pricey travel costs!

BRIAN FALKNER – St Andrews Lutheran College, April 2020

“Brian was entertaining, engaging and so well-organised! The little activities he planned were relevant to the unit and super effective. All of the students enjoyed the visit and his clever sense of humour!”

“I thought Brian was great at engaging multiple students and his content appealed to them. My students thought he was great and really appreciated how he interacted with them on a personal level. As a teacher, I found his explanation of the importance of character in a story, really insightful.”

MARK SMITH – St Kevin’s College, August 2020

“Mark did an outstanding job with presenting online to our Year 8 students. Even though it was not possible for our students to be interactive, Mark still delivered a highly engaging presentation which captivated our students’ attention and gave them many useful tips and hints for their own writing. He answered all of our previously sent questions and many students contacted him via social media afterwards. I would highly recommend other schools engage Mark for an online presentation during this remote learning period. Julie Pagliaro – Head of Libraries, St Kevin’s College”

“The Mark Smith talk was intriguing and I personally found it to be a captivating presentation. Mark covered some interesting topics whilst not losing the attention of the viewer.” (student)
“I really enjoyed the Mark Smith talk and I picked up so many tips! It was the best author visit so far.” (student)
“Mark’s talk was fantastic and relatable advice to assist our boys with their own creative writing. He had a few lines that I’ve written down to start using in my own teaching. Mark has a wonderful presentation style. Very warm and engaging.”
MELISSA KEIL – Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, August 2020

“Melissa was terrific and very engaging. She was well prepared and had a warm relaxed presence online. It was inspiring for our performing arts students to hear how she found her way being a writer. The kids stayed online for the duration and they were enthusiastic in their thanks to Melissa at the end.

Melissa also undertook a tech run through with me the day before so that we were both confident that the technology would work.

Having the option for online author presentations during this time of remote learning has been a wonderful way to break up the routine for both our students and staff.”

MARK SMITH – Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School, August 2020
“Mark was terrific and very engaging. He has a relaxed presence online and really knew how to pitch his presentation to the age group. The kids stayed online for the duration and asked some terrific questions which Mark was responsive to.”
ALICE PUNG – Catholic Ladies’ College, August 2020
“Could I please also take this opportunity to share that we have been booking writers through Booked Out for several years now- and we were absolutely delighted by Alice Pung’s delivered workshop! During such extraordinary times, going into remote platform, we have had to rethink many of our school programs, but today’s workshop was a true testament to the care and professionalism provided. Alice Pung worked beautifully with our students and tailoring the workshop to suit the program. I wanted to take the time to share that of all the delivered workshops through the years, Alice Pung’s presentation was immaculate!”
LUCINDA GIFFORD – Sacre Coeur, August 2020

“We had our sessions today. Lucinda was amazing. She connected with our students from Prep to Year 6. It was so delightful to hear the girls laughing so much. The level of excitement was palpable.

Lucinda was engaging, she was so responsive to the students that made the girls feel so much a part of the presentation.

The response for the students and teachers was so positive. Everyone came away feeling happy.

It was wonderfully uplifting for all.”


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