Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Half of a children's author's life is spent at the desk and the other half is spent on the road meeting and interacting with the peeps that we write books for. We pry ourselves out of our garrets and actually speak and talk to real humans. I've spent a lot of the last three months touring around and writing on the road. Here it is in pics and stats.
Number of schools visited: 37
Number of kids visited: 7756 (I made this up but not far off.)
Number of kilometres travelled: 10342 (I made this up, too but close.)
Flights taken: 10
Enviro-guilt over flights and kms: Reasonably high.
Places Visited: Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Mackay, Sydney, Mudgee, Port Macquarie, Blue Mountains, Newcastle
Number of pieces of cake consumed at morning teas: 37
Kilograms gained: 33
Number of times I was asked in a session if I like pie: 2
Number of times I was asked how much cash I make: 4
Number of panels I got to be on with Thomas Keneally: 1 (woohoo)
Number of items lost along the way and posted by librarians to my next destination: 5
Friday, August 20, 2010
|Nit Boy Original Concept Sketches by Heath McKenzie www.heathmck.com|
I always ask kids to tell me the weirdest things their parents have used to get rid of their nits. The responses are funny, surprising and sometimes shocking. So, here it is… The top ten weirdest head lice cures in no particular order. Don’t try these at home.
- Truck wash
- Peanut butter
- Kerosene (an old-school farm remedy)
- Orange juice
- Dog Shampoo
- Ice Cream
- Frontline (yep, the dog flea treatment. Seriously.)
Monday, August 16, 2010
Anyway, here's the cover, designed by Chloe Foglia, illustrated by Gianluca Fallone. (Thank you guys.) I like the colours, the font, the city, the sense of possibility. It's out Feb 2011, I believe, set in New York City, full of things that I love.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
1. Being Amongst an Incredible Community of Kids' Authors
|Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival Authors 2010|
Pic thanks to John Danalis.
|Pic thanks to John Danalis|
2. Jumping Castle Art
Today I donned a yellow zebra striped suit and hit 'The Cell' by Brook Andrew, a giant jumping castle artwork at The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation space in Paddington, Sydney.
|Pic by Amber Melody|
3. Proactive But Conscious Web Use
|Pic by Thirsty in LA on Flickr.com|
Zen and the Art of Twitter: 4 Tips for Productive Tweeting at Mashable
20 Strategies to Defeat the Urge to do Useless Tasks on the Zen Habits Blog
4. Room to Read and Camp Quality
|Back: Sarah Charles, Linly Goh, Susanne Gervay, Deborah Abela, Ian Mclean|
Front: Gus Gordon and Tristan Bancks.
Photo thanks to Susanne Gervay.
This week I met and interviewed an amazing 13-year-old cancer survivor, Sinead, and her mum, Pauline, at the CQ national conference, as well as Steve, the main camp leader. Their stories were happy-making and inspiring. It felt so good to be in a room of people who dedicate their lives to kindness and doing positive work.
The Room to Read Sydney Chapter meeting saw the launch of Zak the Yak With Books on His Back, John Wood's (RtoR founder) brand new children's book. Deb Abela read the book to a rapt crowd. I'll be launching Zak in Brisbane with a ton of fun games and quizzes for kids:
Wednesday 25 August
Coaldrakes at The Barracks
Petrie Tce, top of Caxton Street
4 - 4.45pm
At the Sydney Meeting I also shared my Top Ten Room to Read Actions For Kids and Teens, a call to action for first-world children and teenagers to reach out a hand to their peers in developing countries by giving them the gift of books and education. I'll post the top ten here soon!
5. Being Here Now
|Tristan Bancks throwing frisbee on beach. Pic by Amber Melody|
Right now my life is the best it has been in years. Finally, I'm letting go and being present right here, right now. I'm no-mind guy, refusing to let chronic thinking strangle my life. I work pretty hard, writing, managing my biz and speaking about kid's lit. And when I'm not working I often find myself thinking about it, non-stop, every moment - in the shower, when I'm driving, eating, sleeping. But not anymore. I'm working on the idea that, 'You are the space between your thoughts' and it's working. I'm alive. Sweet justice.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Recently I've been posting short pieces on my writing tools and process over at the Simon & Schuster author page. You can go directly to the posts via the links below. Nice. (Have spent all day today poring over street artist, Banksy's book, Wall and Piece. Loving it.)
* The Beverly Hillbillies and Telling the Story From the Inside Out
* The Vision Board
* Why Writers Write
* The Importance of Noise to the Writer
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I'm doing a kids' session for Varuna at the Carrington in the Blue Mountains. James Roy, Andy Griffiths, Kim Gamble and Anna Fienberg are on the bill, too. I've been loving reading Fienberg / Gamble's Tashi books. I also love the way Griffiths pushes his stories to the very end of the line and beyond. James Roy is an excellent writer, a funny man and a good friend.
digital kids' publishing panel with David Levithan (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist), Wendy Harmer (I Left My Mobile at the Mall) and Laura Harris (Penguin Children's publisher). The future of books is something I spend lots of time thinking about and it'll be good to be challenged and pushed to crystallise my ideas.
I'm reading Judy Nunn's Maralinga right now and I'll be hosting an evening with Judy at the fest. She launched my first trade book, Mac Slater Coolhunter, at Byron Writers Fest a couple of years ago and we go way back to my early days in TV when I was 17 or so. I learnt a lot about professionalism from Jude and it's an honour to be asked to speak to her about her book. It's a great read.
I'm on a Behind-the-Scenes on Children's Publishing panel with Kristina Schulz and Zoe Walton, my publishers at Random House and UQP, as well as Deborah Abela. They're all cool cats and hopefully it'll be a good session for all those looking to get published.
Finally, I'll be hosting a School Days session with 1200 primary school kids at Sydney Town Hall. Should be loud and loose. I love that age group. Their enthusiasm is so infectious.
Hope you get along to the fest. I'm hoping to catch a whole bunch of great sessions.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Hey, here's a peek at the US cover of my book, ‘Mac Slater Hunts the Cool’, which comes out in April. Exciting to see it out there in the world. I love the illustration by Gianluca Fallone.
Tonight I’ve put up a 2-minute video intro to me and ‘Mac Slater’ at www.youtube.com/tristanbancks . Check it out and leave a comment. (Unless you hate it. Then maybe don’t leave a comment.)
Here are some other 'Mac Slater' links:
My Author page at Simon & Schuster.
My new Amazon author page.
And the Mac Slater site is coming very soon at www.macslater.com! Watch this space.