Episode 152: Insider’s Guide to Literary Festivals

April 10, 2024

In episode 152 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Insider’s Guide to Literary Festivals


Allison and Megan go behind the scenes of children’s literary festivals to discuss why parents/carers/educators should take young readers along, what makes a terrific author presentation, and how authors can get themselves on the program. Plus, Megan is fan-girling over one Australian author.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Wurrtoo’ by Tylissa Elisara. Illustrated by Dylan Finney

‘Hello, Emma Emma’ by Emma Memma

A Dream For Every Night by Angela Casabene and Camille Manley

Some Families Change by Jess Galatola and Jenni Barrand



Episode 39: Books about Families

Book Boy’s Sydney Morning Herald article


Insider’s Guide to Children’s Literary Festivals

Festivals mentioned (and others to watch for later this year, or early next year) – those with * are kidlit specific, others have children’s literature and/or schools’ components: 


Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney, NSW

Brisbane Writers Festival, Brisbane, Qld

Melbourne Writers’ Festival, Melbourne, Vic

Words on the Waves, Central Coast, NSW


CYA 2024 Writers & Illustrators Conference, Brisbane, Qld (and online) (NB: for aspiring kidlit authors and illustrators)

Byron Writers’ Festival, Byron Bay, NSW

*Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival, Mackay, Qld


Writing NSW Kids & YA Festival, Sydney, NSW (NB: for aspiring kidlit writers)

Bendigo Writers’ Festival, Bendigo, Vic

*Ipswich Story Arts Festival, Ipswich, Qld 

*Storyfest SouthWest, St George, Qld 


Whitsunday Writers’ Festival, Airlie Beach, Qld

*Storyfest OutWest, Longreach, Qld 

*Storyfest Central Queensland, Emerald, Qld


*Scribblers Festival, Perth, WA


*Once Upon A Festival, Adelaide, SA

*Fish Creek Children’s Festival of Stories, Fish Creek, Vic


*Beyond The Book Literature Festival, Sunshine Coast, Qld

Words Out West, Western Downs, Qld


Cairns Tropical Writers’ Festival, Cairns, Qld

Blak & Bright, Melbourne, Vic

*Somerset Storyfest, Gold Coast, Qld


Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley


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