News: Say hello at The NSW Writers’ Centre’s Kids & YA Festival 2018

First, the news! 

ICYMI, the program for The NSW Writers’ Centre’s Kids & YA Festival 2018 dropped yesterday, and I’m included in the seriously fabulous line-up of authors, illustrators and publishing types curated by this year’s festival director Belinda Murrell.

We’ll be gathering at the centre in Rozelle, NSW, on 30 June, and I really hope you can join me! More details and tickets here.

This is the festival’s 10th year, and Belinda has gathered together an amazing array of talent, including Kate Forsyth, Jaclyn Moriarty, Will Kostakis, Tim Harris, Garth Nix, R. A. Spratt, Deborah Abela, Jacqueline Harvey and more. You can read the full program here.

I’ll be chairing a panel with Kate Forsyth, Garth Nix and Louise Park, and we’ll be discussing The Business Of Writing – all about creating a long-term career as a writer. There’ll also be book signings, pitching sessions, and the opportunity to simply immerse yourself in the world of writing for children and young adults.

See you there!


Thanks to Sue Warren for this lovely review of The Book Of Answers.

“A .L. Tait’s knack for creating these gripping and often tense exploits has been well demonstrated in her Mapmaker Chronicles series (as a reader said to me in the last week of school – “I just LOVE this series – it keeps you on the edge of your seat!”) and now continues the success with this new series.”

Lastly, some interviews

As a bonus, over the years, Val and I have interviewed several of the speakers for Kids & YA Festival on the So You Want To Be A Writer podcast, and I’ve included links to those episodes below.


Louise Park

Jacqueline Harvey

Kate Forsyth

Jaclyn Moriarty

Belinda Murrell

Oliver Phommavanh


Suzanne O’Sullivan

Speaking of interviews, you can hear me talk about The Ateban Cipher series here on the Booktopia podcast (and why I think we all love a quest) – there are just a few signed copies of The Book of Answers left on the shelves at Booktopia, so if you want one, now’s the time