Australian Author of Children’s Books and Teen Books: EVENTS



In 2017 I will be visiting Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart, Launceston, Newcastle and Hunter, Orange, Armidale and other regional centres. I don't list individual school events here but I do list all public events.


10-12 January Brisbane City Libraries Tour

10 January 

11 January 

12 January 


17 February
Romancing the Stars Literature Event, Gold Coast, QLD.

21 February
Penguin Random House Bookseller Roadshow, Melbourne.

22 February
Afternoon Bookstore Event for Teachers and Librarians, Melbourne. Details soon.

27 February 
My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins released!


1 March 2017 - Between the Covers, Behind the Counter: Children’s Bookselling and Publishing Seminar - Australian Publishers Association / Australian Booksellers Association

Touring My Life & Other Weaponised Muffins in Tasmania, Sydney, Brisbane and Northern NSW.

20 April - Byron Bay Writing Safari Workshop for Kids. Book here. SOLD OUT.


Newington College Literature Festival

Booked In Festival! CBCA / New England Writers Centre Events in Armidale

Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard Events

29 May
THE FALL released.

30 May
Visit to Lady Client Children's Hospital Brisbane with Juiced TV.


Touring new book THE FALL in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Orange and Perth.


1-3 August Byron Writers Festival School Days
Tues 1 August - Murwillumbah Civic Hall
Wed 2 August - Byron Bay Sports Complex
Thurs 3 August - Ballina RSL
Contact Siobhan Foley at Byron Writers Festival for bookings.

31 July and 4 August
Skype Talks for Schools. Book via Hannah at Booked Out.

Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Byron Bay tours.

12 August
NSW Writers Centre 'Connect With Your Audience: Writing for Kids and YA' workshop


One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is speaking about storytelling and creativity. I run workshops and talks about my books at festivals, conferences and schools in Australia and around the world, hopefully inspiring kids, teens and adults to read and create.

To check my availability for Queensland-based school / library talks and workshops you can email Sandie and Helen at Speakers Ink. My Speakers Ink page is here.

For information and availability on Sydney and Melbourne-based school / library talks and workshops, you are best emailing Hannah at Booked Out or see my Booked Out page here.

For information and availability on other interstate and international school / library talks and workshops, you are best emailing me here.

Feedback From Schools (I promise I didn't write these myself. ;)

Tristan was marvellous and the kids loved him working with them. His presentation to our entire Year 7 cohort was interesting, funny and informative. After this session, the conversation amongst the students related to reading, getting hold of Tristan's books etc and this was perfect as we were just launching our Term 3 Reading Challenge.

His Writers Bootcamp over two lessons was brilliant. The students' responded very positively and his sneak peak of Chapter 1 of his new novel had all of us ready to queue up for this book when it's finally published.

Feedback was most positive and I'd not hesitate to book Tristan again. Students particularly liked how Tristan utilised technology in the stages of his writing.

It was truly a great experience seeing Tristan work with the kids. All positives and no regrets.

- Bray Park State High School, July 2016

I thought Tristan was fantastic.

If I was a kid I would want to read all of his books. He really appealed to kids in a contemporary manner, talking about electronic devices and how he uses them to help his writing.

I thought that his idea of writing and taking pictures outdoors to develop character and setting could be easily transferred to the our writing lessons.

—A. Barnett, Teacher Librarian, Mentone Grammar, July 2016

The English department teachers, Deputy Principal and students involved were extremely impressed with Tristan Bancks and his author session. He was energetic and engaging with young adolescents and very creative and humorous in his approach to writing. The use of interactive media with video and sound was outstanding and catered to a range of learners particularly the male students. We were pleased that Tristan’s passion for writing was passed onto our students and assisted in their assessment task. Tristan also provided excellent resources for students and teachers to use in the classroom and was very willing to assist teachers with further resources and materials from his website. After the session we immediately purchased class sets of two of his novels for our Year 7 and 9 English students for next semester.

- Merrimac State High School, March 2016

We had a fabulous visit with Tristan. I knew he would be good and I was not disappointed. One thing that particularly impressed me was how he was able to tailor his address to each group - he didn’t just repeat the same material. He was very engaging and the feedback from staff and students has been extremely positive.

- Saint Stephen's College, May 2016

Tristan was fantastic. The boys loved listening to and working with him. Teachers also gained new ideas to use with the boys. The handouts Tristan emailed for teachers were very well received. The boys were so inspired we sold $800 worth of Tristan's books! Was very worthwhile.

- The Southport School, May 2016

Tristan was amazing!

The feedback from students and teachers was overwhelming – everyone loved his sessions. He kept the students enthralled and has inspired them to read and to write.

He is extremely personable, interesting and funny – I can’t wait to have him back here again!

- Sheldon College, May 2016

Just a quick note to say thank you so much for being our third Writer in Residence. Your enthusiasm, professionalism, and generosity were remarkable, and are much appreciated. I was particularly impressed by the ease with which you worked with a wide variety of participants, from preschoolers to professors.

Dr Elizabeth Hale, Senior Lecturer in English & Writing, University of New England

I deliver Skype talks and workshops to schools in far-flung places. They're lots of fun, highly interactive and filled with images, video, music and storytelling. See below for my Skype flyer and here is a post on my Skype book-trailer-making workshops

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