2018 Adventures in the World of Kids’ and Teen Books

Tristan Bancks 2018

Sometimes it’s hard to remember what you did in a year, if you did anything, so I did a little Instagram time-travel and brought back these pics of what 2018 held for me in the world of writing and speaking about teen and children’s books. Overall, it looks like fun. Wish I’d been there. Well, I was, according to these pics but I have to warn you that all the boring bits of my year were taken out. All the responsibilities and household chores and hard work and staring at a screen hoping for words to appear and dreading that I’m writing something that will never come together, all those bits are gone. And you just get the nice bits, the highlights, but it’s not a full and accurate picture of the writer’s life.

I also think that these pictures miss a lot of the amazing people that I work with, often via email. I get to work with so many great humans at Penguin Random House Australia, a group of great speaking and literary agents, lots of cool creative people who make books and other things,  then booksellers and others who take our work to the world and readers who keep us alive, tell us nice things and hopefully get something useful from our stories.

I hope this is an enjoyable flick through 2018.

 

 

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Regram @rebeccavoy. Amazing shot, Rebecca. Was this Photoshopped or actually dropped?

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Byron Writers Fest travelling StoryBoard program. Reaching lots of regional schools who usually miss out!

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Scorsese. I like having this card nearby when I’m writing. Hope life’s sweet where you are. 🎥 🍿 ✏️

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Man writes book. . Pic by @ambermelody 😊

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This morning. Lennox Head. Writing a story while this rolled in.

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Happy Easter!

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I haven’t wanted to mention it but my son and I, we’re kind of superheroes.

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Me, in bat form. This was left on the @storyboardbyronwf bus as a special gift from illustrator @flowerstony. 🤪💐📚

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Writing workshop with kids and Byron Writers Fest on the @storyboardbyronwf bus! ✍️ 🚌 ⛺️ ☀️ 🌴 Nature is key to creativity.

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Newcastle. ✈️✌🏻🌊 . @mantleconference

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With uber-bookseller Ella at our event @theyoungersun bookshop this afternoon. She currently has the best hat in the book biz.

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So, a kid named Lars wins my book giveaway, then eats the prize. I feel both hurt and honoured. Wonder what flavour it is?

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Melbourne lookin’ purdy this afternoon. Big week ahead, talking story and creativity with kids. 👌🏼📝📚🛫

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Two Wolves play rehearsal. Ben and Dad. 🐺🐺📖🎭 First night performance tonight.

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Storyboard writing workshop for kids with Byron Writers Fest. ✍️🎉💥✌🏼

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Breakfast 🍳 with these fine gents this morn, authors @fleech and Dave Metzenthen, talking shop and potential world domination.

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