Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: April 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong Book Launch


The Byron Bay launch of My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong was a bunch of fun. I co-presented with Raph Atkins, 13 y.o. writer of 'Morris', a short story included in the book.


We kicked off with disgusting My Life-inspired snacks.

(All pics by the talented and lovely Amber Melody.)

Vegemite on Toes
The scabs were exquisite.

Mucous milkshakes were the most popular item on the menu. (Recipe: Banana smoothie with green food colouring.)

Best to get the kids jacked up on sugar before any good book launch.
Before the launch I ran a workshop for young writers through the Northern Rivers Writers Centre
- Your Life & Other Stuff You Made Up.

I told some tales about Raph stalking me until I gave up and agreed to put the story about his rotten sausage dog
in my book.
Raph gave a masterclass in drawing Morris the Sausage Dog.

There were giveaways of Morris t-shirts and My Life books. :-)

Raph's mum, Claire Atkins, was the mastermind behind the amazing illustrated decorations.
Also, chief scab chef.

Big thanks to Sarah Ma and the Northern Rivers Writers Centre for supporting the workshop and launch.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Byron Bay Book Launch


What? BOOK LAUNCH - Two Wolves and My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong

Where? Byron Bay Community Centre, SCU room

When? Thursday 17 April, 1:15-2:15pm
(Right after my NRWC Your Life & Other Stuff You Made Up writing workshop for 9-13 year-olds.)

Cost: Free!

Menu: Vegemite on Toes, Wetlands Surprise, Creaming Soda Vomit, Jagrofest Wings, Scabs.

Details: Join me and 13-year-old wunderkind author Raph Atkins (whose story 'Morris' is featured in My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong) to celebrate the launch of my two new books.

Two Wolves is a mystery-adventure novel for 10+ year-olds and My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong is a book of weird-funny-gross short stories for ages 7+. (We're also re-launching My Life & Other Stuff I Made Up with a fresh cover.)

It’ll be a fast, funny session for kids and adults with giveaways and weird snacks provided. There will be an opportunity to buy and have books signed afterwards.

Hope to see you there!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Inside a Dog


I'm blogger-in-residence at Inside a Dog (State Library of Victoria's Centre for Youth Literature) for the month of April.

My plan is to develop a movie script based on my new book Two Wolves in collaboration with readers of the blogI'd love you to join in and throw around ideas for the script, talk about the best book-to-movie adaptations, learn a bit about screenwriting, draft some scenes and use transmedia tools (images, video, maps, apps and music) to develop the film. I'd also like you to test-drive the new Web-based Story Scrapbook story brainstorming tool before it's released into the world.

You don't need to have read Two Wolves yet. Although you can get a free sample here:


If and when the movie is made I'll ensure there's a Special Thanks credit for any Inside a Doggers who leave comments and contribute to the development of the screenplay.

www.insideadog.com.au/residence
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

WIN My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong


My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong, my new book of weird-funny-gross short stories hits bookstores today. To celebrate, get creative, enter the competition, win a copy of the book and a limited edition 'Morris' t-shirt. Entries close 3 April.

 
Raph Atkins is a super-talented 13-year-old writer whose short story 'Morris' features in My Life & Other Stuff That Went Wrong. Raph also stars in the two-minute trailer for the book below, and he's running the competition on his Facebook page.

Warning: Competition involves scabs and toenails. Not for the weak stomached.


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