Erica Wagner on her life in books & publishing

We were delighted to share news of Erica Wagner’s award of the Dromkeen Medal for outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children’s and young adult literature. Her acceptance speech about her love of books and fascinating career in publishing was too good not to share with a broader audience, so you can enjoy it below:

Thank you so much to my colleagues, Anna McFarlane and Eva Mills, who nominated me, to the fantastic team at Allen & Unwin – whose cleverness and sense of fun I appreciate so much every day – and to every author, illustrator and colleague I’ve ever worked with – this is your medal too!… Read the rest

Michael Pryor discusses writing humour in YA

Michael Pryor is one of Australia’s most prolific and published authors, with 35 books and over fifty short stories to his name! We recently caught up with him to discuss new book Gap Year in Ghost Town, and learn about the use and appeal of humour in YA writing.Read the rest

Stay With Me: confronting Domestic Violence and Mental Health issues

Maureen McCarthy’s latest novel Stay With Me tackles domestic abuse head on, a very important issue and one that is particularly timely. With over 34 women having been killed so far this year as a result of domestic violence, and a new report from Curtin University highlighting the long lasting mental health impact of domestic abuse, these topics are brought to the fore in Maureen’s story about a young mother, fleeing for her life from an abusive husband.Read the rest