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The evolution of Young Adult Fiction

Book Award Season!

Participating in our Arts & Crafts Online Event from anywhere around the world is easier than ever before. Make sure to spread the word to friends near and far. Simply go online at the date and time of the event and follow the steps. Try all the links on our site beforehand to avoid technical difficulties, and get in touch if you have any issues.


Book of the Year
Older readers

The end of the world is bigger than love

by Davina Bell


The lost soul Atlas

by Zana Fraillon

When rain turns to snow

by Jane Godwin

Metal fish, Falling snow

by Cath Moore

Where we begin

by Christie Nieman


Peta Lyra's rating normal

by Anna Whatley

Book of the Year
Young readers

Aster's good, right things

by Kate Gordon

The stolen prince of cloudburst

by Jaclyn Moriarty

Worse things

by Sally Murphy

We are wolves

by Katrina Nannstead


by Kirli Saunders

The book of chance

by Sue Whiting

The Stella Award winner

Stella Award shortlist

The Animals in that Country

by Laura Jean McKay


by Louise Milligan

Stone Sky Gold Mountain

by Mirandi Riwoe

The Bass Rock

by Evie Wyld


by S.L. Lim

Fathoms: The World in the Whale

by Rebecca Giggs

The winner...

The Bass Rock

by Evie Wyld

Click on First page teasers for a read of page one


World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day is celebrated on 21st March and was declared by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1999.  Its purpose is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and, as the original UNESCO declaration says, to "give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements."

How to celebrate World Poetry Day

  • Watch a poetry reading

  • Share poetry with people of all ages

  • Start writing your own poetry

Some poetry to listen to

Enjoy this poetry by Abe Nouk.

Abe Nouk was illiterate when he arrived in Australia. Now an acclaimed spoken word poet and community educator, his poetry speaks the importance of education, the marginalisation of young Sudanese men and his fierce love for his adopted country.


Nouk's book The child can be found in the Bluff Road Library.

The lyrics to Paul Kelly's songs have always been poetic, so it's no wonder that poets across time have inspired him.  Press play to see one such poem. 


Kelly's book  love is strong as death can be found in the Holloway Road Library.