A Conversation with Melina Marchetta & Megan Daley Reluctant Readers

24 Jun 2020

LIVE STREAM on Jun 24th

When: Wed, 24th Jun

Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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About this Event

When bestselling author Melina Marchetta sat down to write What Zola Did on Monday, she met her biggest challenge. Not only did she want to inspire her daughter, an 8-year-old reluctant reader, to pick the book up and keep going, she also had to tell the story using a tiny fraction of the words used in her past YA classic, Looking for Alibrandi. Is there a magic formula to encourage younger readers? How can we maintain a love affair with books through the ages? Please join us for an informative and inspirational chat with two legends of childhood literacy, Melina Marchetta and Megan Daley.


Melina Marchetta is a bestselling author in more than 20 countries and 18 languages. She has published award-winning young adult, fantasy and crime fiction. Her much-loved Australian classic, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. She lives in Sydney with her eight-year-old daughter, Bianca.

Megan Daley is an author, blogger, teacher and passionate advocate for all things children’s literature and sharing it with young and old alike. Megan is a teacher librarian at a girls’ school in Brisbane and was recently awarded the Queensland Teacher Librarian of the Year, as well as the national Dromkeen Librarian’s Award. A former national vice-president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia, she is a judge for several literary awards and a sought-after conference speaker and workshop convenor. She blogs about all things literary, library and tech at www.childrensbooksdaily.com and is the author of ‘Raising Readers’ (2019, UQP Publishing).


Danielle Binks is a Melbourne-based writer, reviewer, agent, book blogger and Youth Literature Advocate. In 2017, she edited and contributed to Begin, End, Begin, an anthology of new Australian young adult writing inspired by the #LoveOzYA movement, which won the ABIA Book of the Year for Older Children (Ages 13+) and was shortlisted in the 2018 Gold Inky Awards. The Year the Maps Changed is Danielle’s debut middle-grade novel coming out with Hachette Australia in 2020.

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