Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Winner of 'My Life & Other Exploding Chickens' Book Video Comp

Big congratulations to the winner of the My Life & Other Exploding Chickens book video competition! We had lots of really strong entries but the one we liked the most for its unique mix of scripting, performance, comedy and filmmaking is the trailer by Oliver Stone. (Not the very famous older American filmmaker, Oliver Stone, but the no-doubt-soon-to-be-very-famous-and-much-funnier younger Australian filmmaker, Oliver Stone.)

Oliver's trailer gives a great sense of the book's tone and irreverent humour and I think it would definitely inspire me to pick up the book (if I hadn't written it).

Oliver wins $500 cash and $500 worth of books. Huge thanks to Dymocks Children's Charities and Penguin Random House Australia for putting up the prizes and running the competition.

I hope you get a chance to watch Oliver's trailer and read the book.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Children's Book Week 2016

It's been a fun couple of months of touring around, talking books and creativity, hopefully inspiring people to create their own stories and pick up a book. It finishes up this week with Brisbane Writers Festival's Wordplay program. Here are some pics from the road, starting off with the amazing Byron Bay Writers Festival (BWF pics by Amber Melody.)

Onstage with Tony Flowers and Coralie Tapper, designing the new Byron Writers Festival Storyboard bus. Kids decided it should be triple-decker with a swimming pool and that it should fart fairy floss.
Illustrator Tony Flowers tattooing an innocent child.
I think I might be hearing a wild idea for a My Life story.

I was lucky enough to be on a panel session with the ABC's Simon Marnie and legendary authors
John Marsden and Anna Fienberg.

Two Wolves won the film adaptation pitch contest at Byron Writers Festival. ;))

Have met so many kids who are so fired up about books and writing. 
I had a few lolly teeth removed. (Illustration by Gus Gordon from story 'Dr Bent' in our Exploding Chicken book.)

I asked them to put their hands in the air like this so it would look like they were having the greatest time of their lives. Quite effective, huh?
A storyboard for a student entry into the MY LIFE & OTHER EXPLODING CHICKENS video trailer competition. ;)

So impressed by this guy who printed and published his own book at You should do it, too!

My uncle and aunty gave me this original Ginger Meggs artwork by my great great uncle Jimmy Bancks. It's my favourite thing.

Lots of fun celebrating Roald Dahl Day in Federation Square Melbourne last weekend and performing a live reading of Fantastic Mr Fox with authors Felice Arena, Jacqueline Harvey and Gus Gordon.

And, now, time to finish off my next crime / mystery novel THE FALL for release May 2017 and edit the new MY LIFE book, MY LIFE & OTHER WEAPONISED MUFFINS out in March. ;))) I hope you're creating something, too.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Exploding Chickens Student-Made Book Trailers!

Entries are rolling in for my My Life Video Book Trailer Competition in partnership with Dymocks Children's Charities

I'm particularly enjoying this entry from 'Sir Rex' (who appears to be a cat, but he / she thanks Brianna, Lindsay, Cathy and iMovie in the credits). 

The graphics in this video are super cool! Nice work C Mills :)

And, look at this funny not-yet-exploded chicken in the entry from Elain Whitton! So. Good.

Top prize is $500 cash for the filmmaker plus $500 worth of books for your school. Entries close 31 August 2016 at 11:59pm.

In other words - it's not too late to get involved! >>

Before I go, I have to share some storyboards the awesome students at Mt Waverley Primary School have been working on ahead of their entries. Boom! 


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

National Bookshop Day 2016

Happy National Bookshop Day!

Saturday August 13 is National Bookshop Day 2016. Don't forget to support your local bookshop by buying a book and sharing a photo with the hashtag #nationalbookshopday.

Being in a bookstore is an escape from the world, and one of my favourite places to be.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Byron Writers Festival 2016

Byron Writers Festival begins in a few days' time. It's one of finest and funnest (?) events in the country for children's and teen literature. This year I'm doing panel sessions with authors John Marsden (Tomorrow When the War Began), Jesse Blackadder (Dexter, Paruku), Anna Fienberg (Tashi) and literacy expert Catherine Kennan (Sydney Story Factory) as well as Sunday's Kids Big Day Out (a few tickets for KBDO still available, I think.). My events times are below. I'd love to see you there!

In the leadup to the festival I have been visiting schools all over Northern NSW as part of Byron Writers Fest's new StoryBoard program, taking authors into schools and bringing reading, creativity and literacy to life for thousands of kids throughout the region.

StoryBoard has just been granted $50,000 in funding by the state government to buy a StoryBoard bus so we'll be travelling to schools everywhere, keeping it weird and inspiring kids to use their imaginations and their own lives to tell stories and make their own myths.

My Session Times at Byron Writers Festival 2016

Saturday 6 August

Kids and Creative Writing
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Banksia Room
4:00pm - 5:00pm
With: Jesse Blackadder, John Marsden, Catherine Kennan, me.

Sunday 7 August

702 Statewide broadcast- Kids Rool
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Banksia Room
11:00am - 11:30am
With: Simon Marnie, Anna Fienberg (Tashi) John Marsden

Kids Big Day Out: Meet Tristan Bancks
Sunday, August 7, 2016
12:10pm - 12:40pm
(I'm dreaming up some fun stuff involving exploding chickens.) (Probably not real ones.)

Books to Screen
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Banksia Room
Pitching the film adaptation of my book Two Wolves to screen producers, broadcasters and filming funding bodies. Two other author / screenwriter teams will also pitch their films and the judges from Porchlight Films, Screen NSW, Foxtel and eOne Entertainment will choose the winning pitch!

'Keep it weird.' - Dave Eggers
Encouraging kids to write from the inside out, tell their own stories, make their own myths.

And have fun.
BIG thanks to Coralie Tapper for the images and to Coralie, Jesse Blackadder and Edwina Johnson for getting me involved in StoryBoard.

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