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With the AFLW in full swing, and the AFL just about to begin, it feels like the perfect time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Specky Magee. The beloved children’s series chronicles the life of an Australian Rules footy champion in the making, and is written by one of our wonderful speaker Felice Arena, along with AFL player Garry Lyon. With a whopping 8 books in this iconic series, let us know what your favourite Specky Magee book is! You can find us on instagram @bookedoutagencyย and on facebook @BookedOutAgency.

It is also a perfect time to introduce Felice’s new historical fiction novel The Unstoppable Flying Flanagan, a moving and inspiring story set against the backdrop of the Second World War in Australia, the women’s movement and the little-known history of women’s football. Find out more about it here and let us know what you think on Instagram and Facebook!

Coming March 29 2022


After the announcement of the CBCA Notables yesterday evening, we would like to congratulate all of our authors who were nominated. With many of our authors now up for the prize, head over to the CBCA website to find the list of Notables 2022.

Congratulations to:

Leanne Hall for The Gaps

Jessica Walton for Stars in their Eyes

Rebecca Lim for Tiger Daughter

Gary Lonesborough for The Boy from the Mish

Morris Gleitzman for Always

Nicki Greenberg for The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel

Wendy Orr for Cuckoo’s Flight

Nova Weetman for The Edge of Thirteen

Emily Gale and Nova Weetman for Elsewhere Girls

Huda Hayek for Huda & Me

Anna Zobel for Little Gem

Jackie French for Night Ride into Danger

Katrina Nannesteadย  for Mim and the Baffling Bully andย Rabbit, Soldier, Angel, Thief

Sherryl Clark for Mina and the Whole Wide World

Susannah McFarlane for Grumble Boats

Jane Godwin for Little One

Ursula Dubosarsky for The March of the Ants

Davina Bell for Tomorrow is a Brand New Day

Anna Walker and Jane Godwin for Don’t Forget

Claire Saxby for Iceberg (up for two awards)

Craig Smith for Saving Seal


We would also like to take the time to congratulate the CBCA for their 75th anniversary, celebrated last year in 2021, and commend all amazing work they do for Australian authors.


This Valentines Day, we encourage everyone show love and support for your local libraries. While Valentines come and go, your local library is always there to provide you with community, support and of course books! ๐Ÿ“˜ Today, for Library Lovers’ day, the team here at Booked Out are reminiscing upon our favorite libraries – what’s yours? ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ’˜

After the announcement of the Victorian Premierโ€™s Literary Awards last Thursday, the team here at Booked Out would like to congratulate all the winners, and commend our speakers for their shortlists!

These included Randa Abdel-Fattah for her non-fiction book Coming of Age in the War on Terror, Maxine Beneba Clarke for her poetry collection How Decent Folk Behave, Rebecca Lim for her young adult novel Tiger Daughter, Leanne Hall for her young adult novel The Gaps and Gary Lonesborough for his novel The Boy from the Mish.

We highly recommend these reads, so let us know what you think of them! You can find us on Instagram at @bookedoutagency and on Facebook at @BookedOutAgency.

Hi all ๐Ÿ˜Š

Big news! The Booked Out office will now be closed on Fridays ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ

This is in response to Covid-19, where as we are working part-time, we have coordinated this day to fall on a Friday for all staff.

We will still be checking emails and will get back to you first thing on Monday ๐Ÿ“ž

If you have a booking emergency on a Friday, please call our Director Lauris Pandolfini on her mobile: 0412 505 783.

We look forward to touching base with you from Monday to Thursday in 2022 โœจ



As a part of the new push for children’s vaccination, the Department of Health has launched a new video campaign. ๐ŸŽฅ๐ŸŽฅ

Many of our speakers, including Nat Amoore, Tristan Bancks, Oliver Phommavanh, Huda Hayek, Maxine Beneba Clark and Andy Griffiths, have created videos to be shown in vaccination hubs, encouraging and congratulating Victorian children on their courage, and entertaining them while they wait! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Watch out for these gorgeous videos, and tag us in any photos! You can find us on Instagram at @bookedoutagency and Facebook at @BookedOutAgency

Happy 2022! ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ†

We hope you had a wonderful summer break, with a chance to relax and make some progress on your to-be-read list ๐Ÿ“š

We’re so excited for a big year ahead, full of school visits, library events, festivals and more. We’re back in the office and looking forward to helping you with your big 2022 plans.

You can get in touch about a speaking engagement, either by sending us an email or giving us a call on (03) 9824 0177.


What a year! Here at Booked Out weโ€™re feeling excited for a break and a chance to enjoy some lovely sunshine โ›ฑ

Weโ€™d also like to take a moment to say a big thank you and congratulations to our amazing speakers for all their work over the year.ย 

Our office is closing today, but weโ€™ll be back again on Monday 17th January,ย refreshed and ready to organise bookings galore for 2022.

In the meantime, we wish youย  a very safe, restful and happy summer break, and see you again in 2022!


Drumroll please… We are super excited to announce the long-awaited return of touring authors in 2022!

After two years of lockdowns and closed borders, we can’t wait for a fresh start in 2022, and what better way to celebrate than to fill the calendar with an extravaganza of school visits from travelling speakers. You can see a list of scheduled tours here โ€“ have a look at who’ll be touring to your state, and get in quick to make a booking. Watch this space as we’ll be updating you with more touring authors soon!

You can contact us on (03) 9824 0177 or send us an emailย  to get the ball rolling on an enquiry before the year ends. Weโ€™ll be on break from the 16th December and back on deck on the 17th January to help you book an author visit in 2022 ๐ŸŽ‰

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 ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŽ‰โœจ

Some faces will be familiar โ€“ Oliver Phommavanh, Nat Amoore, Tim Harris,ย  Deb Abela and Jacqueline Harvey to name a few โ€“ and we’re very excited to introduce some wonderful new speakers too! First cab off the rank is Mick Elliott,ย  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 โ€“ watch this space! ๐Ÿคฉ