Opportunities for Schools and Home Learners

NEW: Young Writers’ StorySchool is my brand new online video writing masterclass program for students aged 9-14. It is 24 x 3-4-minute videos to supercharge the writing process in the classroom with comprehensive teachers’ notes. Like having an author in the classroom all year round. See the trailer above and the first video lesson at

Alongside StorySchool, I’m now delivering most of my live school talks via Zoom, WebEx, Teams, Meet and also as streamable hour-long videos for flexible individual or small-group viewing in school or at home. The videos are high-energy with all the images, video, music, maps, readings, humour and anecdotes of my in-person talks. Lots of inspiration to read and create. They’re tailored to each school and I answer 10 questions from the school’s students at the end. See a two-minute sample video below.

I’m be doing a limited number of in-person school visits in 2021.

For more info and pricing, please contact my speaking agent in your state (details below).

Speakers’ Agency Contacts


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


For NSW events, please email Beth and Paul at The Children’s Bookshop Speakers Agency or see my Children’s Bookshop page here.


For information and availability on VIC and other Australian states school and library talks, just email Booked Out or see my Booked Out page here.

For information and availability on international school and library talks and workshops, here’s the best email address.



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.

There are lots of festivals and events locked in for 2020 that will hopefully go ahead later in the year! In the meantime, lots of online visits locked in.


Brisbane Libraries Zoom workshops 11 and 20 Jan. More info soon or see Brisbane Libraries Events page.






Newington Lit Fest

Sydney tour April-May


2 May Sydney Writers Festival Family Day 

NEW BOOK! Ginger Meggs 100th anniversary edition, all-new short stories based on the character created by my great great uncle Jimmy Bancks in 1921!

21 May TLPLC Conference, Sydney


School Events and Zooms


14-16 July Whitsunday Voices LitFest Mackay


2-3 August StoryArts Festival, Ipswich 

Book Month in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Festival TBA




Adelaide events – Once Upon a Festival

Fremantle Centre for Children’s Literature Festival


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

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

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

Wow, such an excellent example of how a Virtual session can be engaging – everyone loved it. I want to read your books now. You were clear and your presentation was such a high quality. I even had tears in my eyes at your ability to engage kids in the reading and writing and what that can mean in a broader sense. Just brilliant.

– Caroline Clarke, Regional Virtual Learning Coach, North-Eastern Victoria Region

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

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

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

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. 

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