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 2018 that I’ll list here as soon as they’re publicly announced.

I’ll be visiting Brisbane, Gold Coast, Northern NSW, Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne for sure with other cities and regional areas to be confirmed in coming months. I’m also doing a lot more talks via Skype and Google Hangouts.


To check my availability for Queensland-based school / library talks and workshops you can email Sandie 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 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.


6-8 April, Newcastle Writers Festival

Penguin Random House Sydney tour


11 May MANTLE Teacher-Librarian Conference, Newcastle.


5-8 June Abbotsleigh Literature Fest, Sydney

20 June ISLA Illawarra T-L Conference

Penguin Random House Adelaide tour

  • Pegi Williams Bookshop event, Walkerville, Adelaide, with authors. Panel discussion with Tristan Bancks, Fleur Ferris, Allayne Webster and Emily Gale (MC). 08 8344 6457

Penguin Random House Melbourne tour


3 July Sydney North T-L Conference

10 July My Life & Other Failed Experiments book launch and kids’ writing workshop (Free!)  – Brunswick Picture House, Brunswick Heads, NSW. More details soon!

Thurs 19- Fri 20 July Voices on the Coast Literature Festival, Sunshine Coast, QLD. Session and Ticket details here.


Melbourne and Sydney Schools Tours

2 Byron Writers Festival

  • SECONDARY SCHOOL DAY: The Craft of Writing, Thursday, 2 August 2018, 1:15pm – 2:00pm, Southern Cross University Marquee. Book here.
  • How to Get Boys ReadingFriday, 3 August 2018 1:45pm – 2:45pm, Yellow Brick Road Pavilion, with Ben Hobson, Selina Tusitala Marsh and Tim Rogers.

  • Turning a Book Into a TV Series Workshop, 9:30 – 4:30, THURSDAY 2 AUGUST, BYRON BAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE. 30 Tickets only. Book Here. Find out what really happens to a book as it goes through the process of being adapted into a TV series. Matchbox Pictures Development Producer, Tim Hobart (Wanted) along with multi-award winning Screenwriters Belinda Chayko (Safe Harbour) and Erin Bretherton (Nowhere Boys) will demonstrate the adaptation process by developing Tristan Banck’s acclaimed novel The Fall into a TV series.

14/15 August – Two Wolves Play, Byron Theatre, Byron Bay. Enquiries 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

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

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.