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 2019 that I’ll list here as soon as they’re publicly announced.

I’ll be visiting Brisbane, Gold Coast, Northern NSW, Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, Hobart 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 NSW and VIC-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.


Somerset StoryFest

Hong Kong Young Readers Fest


8-10 May Newington College LitFest

Brisbane and Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard Schools

28 May YABBA Awards Skype Session


Detention book launch publicity tour! If you’d like your school to be included in Sydney, Melbourne and ACT tour dates below, please contact Zoe Bechara, Publicity Manager, Penguin Random House on or 02 8923 9959.

11-14 June – Melbourne schools

11 June (Tues) Fun, free launch event at The Younger Sun, Yarraville, Melbourne. Bookings essential here. Limited places.

14 June – Romancing the Stars Gold Coast with Detention book launch. Lots of great authors involved. Book here.

20 June – Adelaide SAETA

24-26 June Sydney Schools

27-28 June ACT Schools

29 June (Saturday) 3:30pm – Berkelouw Books Leichhardt Book Club! 70 Norton Street Leichhardt, NSW Join Tristan Bancks at Berkelouw to celebrate the launch of Detention, his thrilling new middle-grade novel. Tristan will discuss what inspired the book, answer questions and sign copies of his books.

Bookings Essential This is a free event however booking is essential. Contact Berkelouw Leichhardt to receive your copy of DETENTION. 02 9560 3200


2 July New novel Detention officially released.

2-3 July Sydney Schools

15-19 July Brisbane Schools

30 July-1 Aug Sydney Schools


2 August 4pm Where the Wild Things Are bookshop, West End, Brisbane. Young Readers Book Club.

Free but Bookings Recommended.

(07) 3255 3987


Book Month! Sydney, Brisbane, Northern NSW and Melbourne schools tour.


Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard Visits

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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