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Over the next 11 days, starting tomorrow, the Emerging Writers’ Festival will be hosting 50 online events, performances and projects. The festival has moved entirely online, due to the Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria, so you can now access all the events from wherever you are.
Some familiar Booked Out faces will be appearing throughout the festival, including Tony Birch, Alice Bishop, Gary Lonesborough, Huda Hayek, Cath Moore and Astrid Edwards – aren’t we lucky to work with such talented folk!
Check out the full festival program on the Emerging Writers’ Festival website.

It’s no secret that we love all things literary! But did you know that we also represent some of Australia’s leading experts in better health and wellbeing for school students?⁣

These speakers lift the lid on topics that often go unspoken in Australian schools and help young people to navigate and understand the world around them:⁣

🔷 Lucy & Rosie Thomas launched PROJECT ROCKIT to tackle bullying, hate and prejudice.⁣

🔷 Jonny Shannon’s life’s purpose is to help young people and talks on cyber safety, drug & alcohol addiction, sex & relationships, mental health and resilience.⁣

🔷 Sumaya Harare connects with students from schools all over the country on topics of bullying and overcoming it, body image issues and integrating as a refugee.⁣

🔷 Benjamin Law writes and speaks on a range of topics including sexuality, bullying, growing up and unconventional families, and coming-of-age rituals in rural Australia.⁣

🔷 Dr Jodi Richardson is dedicated to elevating the mental health and wellbeing of others and works with parents, educators and other professionals to support students and children with anxiety.⁣

🔷 Chris Daicos is a trained teacher and social worker who has also completed the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, using her skills to support and promote the wellbeing of young people and adults.⁣

And the list goes on! You can check out many more of our inspiring wellbeing specialists by browsing our speaker list, or get in touch for a recommendation.

We bet you didn’t think that was it for new speakers! The Booked Out family is growing a lot this year, with two new fantastic Victorian speakers who we’d like to introduce, as well as an important new session from Nikki Gemmell (NSW).

George Green
George is an accomplished motivational speaker with over ten years experience in inspiring young people.  George details his journey from the Hip-Hop industry to finding faith and his transition to successful children’s author.

Huda Hayek
Huda Hayek learned as an adult to embrace all the parts that make her unique. Hayek believes all children, no matter their backgrounds, can do this early and use it as a tool for success. The author of Huda and Me, Huda speaks to students about embracing difference, identity, belonging and using your own voice.

Nikki Gemmell has created a very timely and comprehensive session for students, titled Consent, Tenderness and Empowerment. Tailored to senior secondary students, the talk aims to empower our young people. It is about respectful relationships. Reciprocal relationships. Porn. Drinking and drugs. Having a voice. Control. Bewilderment. Generosity. Talking with each other, having your mate’s back –  and pleasure.

One year 11 student who heard this talk came up to Nikki Gemmell afterwards and said, “that’s the best Sex Ed talk I’ve ever heard. Why aren’t they all like that?”

We’re really looking forward to working with George and Huda, and seeing Nikki Gemmell’s long lasting impact on students during such important years.

We’re here for you Victorian folk!
Following the latest announcement regarding Victoria’s snap seven-day lockdown, the Booked Out team will be working remotely for seven days starting tomorrow.⁣
We are contacting everyone with bookings in the next week, but if you have an upcoming booking that you’d like to discuss we are happy to help. Please email us in the first instance while we work from home and call the Booked Out number for anything urgent.⁣
This is an evolving situation, and we are ready to answer any questions you may have about your bookings. ⁣
Take care and stay safe. ❤️⁣⁣
(03) 9824 0177⁣⁣
Today marks the beginning of Reconciliation Week; a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia.
The 2021 theme ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’ urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
In order to achieve a just, equitable, reconciled Australia, we must continue to provide platforms for First Nations peoples, listen and actively work towards justice.
Learn more about Reconciliation Week here: 
Image from National Reconciliation org, featuring artwork by Jessica Johnson of Nungala Creative.

We’re so excited to welcome some new faces to the Booked Out family! Check out these talented authors:

Cath Moore
Cath is an award winning author, filmmaker and academic, specializing in YA and own-voice storytelling for the page and screen. She contributed to the Growing Up African in Australia anthology (edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke) and her debut novel Metal Fish, Falling Snow won the 2021 Victorian Premier’s YA award for literature, was longlisted for the 2021 Stella Prize, and shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA, ABIA & NSW Premier’s YA literary awards.

Gary Lonesborough
Gary is a writer of young adult fiction, with experience working in the Aboriginal health, the disability sector and the film industry. His debut YA novel The Boy from the Mish is a funny and heartwarming queer Indigenous story exploring cultural and sexual identity in rural Australia.

Claire Saxby
Claire writes poetry, fiction and non-fiction for young people. She speaks (and sometimes sings) about history, humour, our environment, making stories, writing poetry and researching. Her picture books, including Iceberg, Kookaburra, Dingo, Koala and more, are sure to delight and engage young readers with their informative yet lyrical storytelling and mesmerising illustrations.

Gabriel Bergmoser
Gabriel is an award-winning author, playwright and screenwriter who loves to tell and hear stories in all shapes and sizes. His books The Hunted and YA coming of age novel The True Colour of a Little White Lie are both set to be developed into feature films.

Are you as impressed as we are?? 😍

Get in touch today to make a booking with one of these fab speakers.

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 ☀️

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! 🐰🍫☕⁣ ⁣

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 ♥️

The CBCA announced their 2021 shortlist today! 🎉 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!! 🎉

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