Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: July 2016

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
3:00pm-4:00pm
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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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

My Life Search for a Book Title


Hey, I've just started editing the fifth book in the My Life series and it needs a title! Some of our ideas are below and I'd love you to tell me which you like best or even suggest your own. Just click on 'Comments' below this post. Or leave your ideas for me on Instagram, YoutubeFacebook or Twitter.

If I choose your title for the book I'll send you a signed copy of the entire series including the new book when it's released March 2017! But we must choose a title by 27 July 2016. Go to it.

My Life & Other Runaway Cars

My Life and Other Failed Experiments

My Life & Other Disastrous Decisions


My Life – Disaster Zone


My Life & Other Practical Jokes

My Life & Other Catastrophes


My Life and Other Ingenious Plans

My Life and Other Weaponised Muffins


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