BEEN THERE, DONE THAT - RECENT EVENTS
Check out what Allayne gets up to in addition to writing, starting with her most recent obligations!
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Edited Wakefield Press Young Adult novel, That Thing I Did - due for release March 2022
Appeared at Ardtornish School, St Agnes SA - Visiting Author - Ardtornish Writing Festival - Tuesday 15th June
Judged the 2021 SAETA Young Writers Awards
Attended the launch of Before You Were Born by Katrina Germein at Shakespeare's Bookshop, Blackwood - Saturday 8h May
Appeared at Modbury West School, as a Premier's Reading Challenge Ambassador - Tuesday 11th May
Attended the launch of Let's Build a House by Mike Lucas at Hallet Cove Library, Hallet Cove - Saturday 24 May
Attended Adelaide Writers Week - Saturday 27th February - Thursday 4th March
Appeared at Pinnacle College, Gilles Plains, as a Premier's Reading Challenge Ambassador - Friday 19th March
Attended Magical Realism Workshop - Writers SA - Saturday 27th March
Attended the book launch of 'Float or Sink' by Kylie Corvak - Saturday 6th February
Presented at Pedare Christian College - Year 6 classes - Tuesday 9th February
Presented for the Children's Book Council of South Australia - State Museum - Tuesday 16th February
Attended SCBWI Dinner - South Australian Branch - Friday 19th February
Attended Adelaide Writers Week - Saturday 27th February - Thursday 4th March
Attended the launch of YA novel 'This One is Ours' by Kate O'Donnell via Zoom on Thursday 8th October 2020
Appeared at SCBWI SA Professional Development Day on a YA Writers panel - Sunday 11th October 2020
Sang at the Children's Book Council of Australia Dinner - SA Chapter - Friday 16th October 2020
Launched Hayley Lawrence's YA novel, Ruby Tuesday, via Zoom at Dymocks Rundle Mall, Adelaide.
August 2020 - Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week - Monday 24 August to Friday 28th August
SAETA Young Writers Awards - Friday 21 August 5.30pm - 7.30pm, Wilderness School, Adelaide
SAETA Meet the Writers - Adelaide Convention Centre - Thursday 18th June 2020
Judged the SAETA Young Writers Awards
Attended Adelaide Writers Week - Saturday 29th February - Thursday 5th March 2020 (*Shortlisted in the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for The Centre of My Everything.)
Presented a 'Publish Me' Workshop for Campbelltown Library (at Findon Library, Charles Sturt) - Saturday 7th March 2020 - Details
Attended 'Anisa's Alphabet'by Mike Dumbleton book launch Friday 13th March - Burnside Ballroom - MidnightSun Publishing
Appeared at Adelaide Zoo, private event, for the Children's Book Council of Australia, SA Chapter - Tuesday 31 March 2020
Author Presentation/Workshop Pedare Christian College, Golden Grove, Adelaide - Monday 10th February 2020
Celebratory Event - Premier's Reading Challenge
SCBWI - Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators Dinner
Author Appearance Northfield Primary School - Wednesday 23rd October 2019 - Premier's Reading Challenge
SCBWI Professional Day - Sunday 13th October
Marion Libraries Literary Festival - Author Appearance - Saturday 26th October 2019 - Details
Dymocks YA Event night - Wednesday 30th October - Details
Riverbend Books - Author Appearance - Brisbane, Thursday 19th September 5.00pm
BOOK WEEK: Contact Becky's Literary Agency or Creative Net Speakers Agency Victoria.
Premier's Reading Challenge Meet and Greet with the Premier - Monday 5th August 2019
Children's Book Council Dinner - Friday 9th August 2019
Children's Book Council of Australia Book Week - 17th - 23rd August 2019.
Stirling Library - Author Appearance - Tuesday 20th August 2019
Kildare College - Author Appearance and Workshops - Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd August 2019
Walford College - Author Appearance - Monday 26th August 2019
Opening Night Salisbury Writers Festival - Friday 23rd August 2019
Readings Bookshop, Hawthorn - Author Appearance - Melbourne, VIC, Thursday 25th July - Details BOOK NOW
Guest panelist at Children's Book Council of Australia 13th National Conference in Canberra - 31st May - 2nd June. Details.
Guest interview One Page Podcast - Saturday 1st June 2019
NEW RELEASE! Sensitive - middle grade/YA novel released by UQP - University of Queensland Press Tuesday June 4th
Sensitive - BOOK LAUNCH! In Conversation with Dan McGuiness - Friday 14 June 2019, 6.00pm, Greenlight Comics, Rundle Mall
Meet the Writers Festival, Thursday 20th June, Adelaide Convention Centre. Thousands of kids, packed day! Details
Book Launch 'Impossible Music,' by Sean Williams launched by Vikki Wakefield - Hartley Concert Room, University of Adelaide - Friday 28th June
Premier's Reading Challenge Ambassador Appearance - North Ingle School, Ingle Farm, Adelaide - Weds 22nd May
Appeared at Banksia Park International High School 'Festival of the Pen' - Thurs 30 May - Guest Lecture
In Conversation with Jessica Rowe - Burnside Library Ballroom, 12.00noon Tuesday 16th April - Event Details
Adelaide Writers' Week - 2nd-7th March. Program Link.
Book Launch of Twin Spin - by Adam Cece - launched by Katrina Germein - Sunday 3rd March
Book Launch of Making Friends with Alice Dyson by Poppy Nwosu - Tuesday 12th March - Launched by YA author Vikki Wakefield at the YA Circle, Dymocks Rundle Mall
Editing/typesetting 2019 release Middle Grade/early YA novel.
Author visit Pedare Christian College, Tuesday 12th February.
Editing/typesetting 2019 release Middle Grade/early YA novel.
Decalage Exhibition Opening - Gallery 1855 - Tea Tree Gully, SA - launched by Katrina Germein
Final edits Middle Grade/early YA novel.
eKIDnas (Adelaide Authors and Illustrators) Xmas Dinner.
Editing 2019 release Middle Grade/early YA novel.
Hosting an In Conversation Event with bestselling novelist Jane Harper at Marion Cultural Centre - Sunday 4th November. Details.
Running Teen Writers Workshops for Writers SA - Saturday 10th and 17th. Adelaide City Library.
Event - Premier's Reading Challenge - The Sanctuary Function Centre - North Adelaide - Thursday 22nd November.
Attended Book Launch - Vanishing by Mike Lucas, illustrated by Jennifer Harrison - Saturday 24 November. Details.
Editing 2019 release Middle Grade/early YA novel.
Attended Book Launch - The Extremely Scary Thing That Happened in Huggabie Falls by Adam Cece. Details.
Workshop - Northern Adelaide Senior College - Wednesday 5th September - Author Appearance, Workshop
Workshop - Writer's SA - Saturday 8th September - Writing for Junior Fiction, Middle Grade and Young Adult - Know your audience, know the difference. Hutt Street Library, City. Register HERE.
Workshop - Writers SA - Saturday 15th September - Teen Writers Club - City Library Rundle Mall - Register HERE.
Children's Book Week - 18th to 24th August - BOOKED by Becky's Literary Bookings
Children's Book Council of Australia - SA Branch Dinner - Friday 10 August
Workshops at Wirreanda High School, Morphett Vale - Wednesday 15 August
Workshops at Craigburn Primary School - Thursday 16 August
Workshop at Westminster School, Marion - Tuesday 21 August - via Creative Net
Workshops at Seymour College, Glen Osmond - Wednesday 22 August
Opening Night/Saturday program, Salisbury Writers' Festival - Friday 24 August, Saturday 25th August.
Photoshoot - Thebarton Senior College - Wednesday 29 August - Save the Libraries Campaign
Attended The Art of Taxidermy Launch by Sharon Kernot - Wednesday 18 July - Tea Tree Gully Library
Guest speaker at South Australian Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrator's Winter Retreat. (Members Only.) - Saturday 21 July
Attended Beneath the Mother Tree Book Launch - Friday 27 July - The Jade, Flinders Street - MidnightSun Publishing.
Attended Jane Covernton's Retirement Party - The Astor Hotel - Tuesday 12 June
Appeared at Meet the Writers, 21 June, Adelaide Convention Centre.
Penguin Random House In Conversation Event - Tuesday 26 June - Pegi Williams Bookshop with authors Emily Gale, Fleur Ferris, and Tristan Banks.
Presented a workshop for Years 8-12 at Dame Roma Mitchell Secondary College - Tuesday 8th May
Attended book launch of 'Message in a Sock' by Kaye Baillie, MidnightSun Publishing, Burnside Library, Tusmore - Saturday 12th May.
Presented at Brighton and Glenelg Libraries - Monday 28th May
In Conversation Event with Aboriginal elder, Uncle Moogy (Major Sumner), chaired by YA Author Vikki Wakefield - South Australian Museum. Wednesday 30th May. EVENT DETAILS - REGISTER
Attended You Wish by Lia Weston Book Launch - Grace Emily Hotel - Thursday 5th April 6.30pm - EVENT DETAILS
Launched The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened at Huggabie Falls by Adam Cece - Sunday 8th April 11.00am - Stirling Library - EVENT DETAILS
Appeared at the YA Circle, Dymocks, Rundle Mall Adelaide - Tuesday 24th April - EVENT DETAILS
Attended Oma's Buttons by Tania Ingram, Book Launch - Sunday 29th April - EVENT DETAILS
Attended Adelaide Writers Week - Saturday 3rd March to Thursday 8th March
Book launch of Sam's Surfboard Showdown - 4.00pm, Wednesday 14th March, Robe Primary School, ROBE SA - EVENT DETAILS
Radio Interview - Ewan Grant - Triple M Limestone Coast 963 Mt Gambier - Thursday 15th March
Teen Writers Club - South Australian Writers Centre - 10.30am - 12.00noon, Saturday 24th March, Adelaide City Library - EVENT DETAILS
Guest Speaker at Modbury High School - 12noon, Monday 26th March - On behalf SA's Premier's Reading Challenge
Neverland by Margot McGovern, Book Launch - Dymocks Adelaide - Tuesday 27th March
The Wasp and The Orchid by Danielle Clode, Book Launch - State Library of South Australia - Wednesday 28th March - EVENT DETAILS
YA novel The Centre of My Everything was released for sale!
SA SCBWI Meet and Greet event, Friday 9th February - Tower Hotel, Magill SA
Performing/singing at Sally Heinrich's Exhibition, Saturday 10th February 2018, Fox Creek Winery - EVENT DETAILS
Meeting with Year Six students at Pedare Christian College, Wednesday 14th February.
Book launch of The Centre of My Everything - 12noon, Sunday 25th February, Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, Adelaide SA - EVENT DETAILS
Presenting at the Penguin Teen Showcase, Westfield Marion - 5.30pm, Monday 26 February, Adelaide SA - GET TICKETS HERE
*eKIDnas Xmas Dinner
*Appearing at Kaurna Plains School, Elizabeth South Australia, on behalf of Books in Homes Australia
October and November 2017
*Attended SCBWI Event with Mem Fox, City Library - Saturday 14th October
*Attended Book Launch of Papa Sky by Jane Jolly and Sally Heinrich - Sunday 15th October
*presented at Flinders University at the inaugural Adelaide Festival of Children's Books - Monday 23rd October
*Attended Book Launch of Growing Up Moonta by Kristin Weidenbach - Saturday 28th October
*Attended eKIDs Author's Dinner - Tuesday 5th December
*Final typeset edits of February 2018 release YA novel, The Centre of My Everything, published by Penguin Random House Australia.
*Salisbury Writers Festival Planning Meeting.
*Master of Ceremonies, 2017 Salisbury Writers' Festival - Friday 18th August - Saturday 19th August.
*Children's Book Week Appearances.
*Editing 2018 YA novel
*attended Reading Matters, Melbourne, 2nd-3rd June.
*attended Reading Matters, On the Road, Adelaide event, Shivaun Plozza and AS King, Tuesday 6th June.
*SA SCBWI Winter Retreat, Coventry Library, Stirling, Saturday 17th June.
*launched A Cardboard Palace, Burnside Library, Sunday 18th June.
*presented at Meet the Writers, Adelaide Convention Centre, Thursday 22nd June.
*presented at Banksia Park International High School - Thursday 29th June.
*launch of Those Pleasant Girls, a novel by Lia Weston, Dymocks Rundle Mall, Thursday 4th May.
*launch of King of the Outback, a picture book by Kristin Weidenbach, illustrated by Timonthy Ide, Saturday 13th May.
*Leigh Hobbs workshop, SA State Library, Thursday 18th May.
*SCBWI Dinner - author and illustrator Christina Booth, The British Hotel, Thursday 25th May 2017.
*SCBWI SA School Visit Showcase, Sunday 9th April. Full details.
*Book launch - Rosanne Hawke, Immanuel College, 6pm Friday 28 April.
*launch of Jean Harley was Here by Heather Taylor-Johnson, Thurs 2nd March. Full details.
*attending Adelaide Writers Week - Saturday 4th March to Thursday 9th March.
*May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Event, Burnside Library, Thurs 16 March. Full details.
*SCBWI Book Club - Greenlight Comics, Rundle Mall - Thursday 23 March.
*SA Writers Centre Children's and YA writers Meet-up Event, Thurs 9 Feb.
*launch of Paint the Sky, a collection of poetry by Kristin Martin, Fri 10 Feb. Full details
*attending Quick & Dirty Death presented by Ian Gibbs. Full details
*Presenting at Pedare Christian College, Golden Grove to Year 6's.
* SCBWI SA Chapter Members Meet-up, Fri 24 Feb.
*launch of Olivia's Voice, a picture book by Mike Lucas, illustrated by Jennifer Harrison. Full details.
*launch of Wild Gestures, a novel by Lucy Durneen, Sat 14 Jan
*launch of Fancy Pants, a picture book by Kelly Hibbert, Sat 21 Jan
*launch of One Minute Til Bedtime, a collection for children, including SA authors Janeen Brian and Mike Lucas
*launch of Kate Dellar Evan's poetry novel, SA Writers Centre, Sunday 30th Oct.
*Allayne launched middle grade novel, Into Tordon by Z. F. Kingbolt, for Midnight Sun Publishing. Full details.
*attended author Marianne Musgrove's book launch of Freida, published by Scholastic. Full details.
*May Gibbs Children's Trust event with special guest speaker, author Susanne Gervay.
*SCBWI Xmas dinner.
*acted as a Books In Homes Ambassador at Elizabeth South Primary School on Thurs 24 November.
*ran a workshop/appeared at the Barossa Council Library, Nuriootpa, SA for School Holidays.
*author Rosanne Hawke's Kapunda launch of 'Daughter of Nomads.'
*hosted the 2016 Salisbury Writers' Festival.
*appeared at various schools during Children's Book Week.
*appeared at Kingston Community School, Kingston SE, SA, speaking to students and delivering workshops.
*appeared at Elizabeth Vale Primary School as a Role Model representing 'Books in Homes Australia.'
*SCBWI gathering at Stirling Library, Stirling, Adelaide Hills.
*South Australian Awards for Literature (where Allayne was shortlisted in the Children's category)
*attended book launches
*ran workshops for Pedare Christian College
*assisted in the planning the 2016 Salisbury Writers Festival.
*awarded a South Australian Art Grant to work on a project/series in 2016.
Allayne was rushed to hospital where she spent five weeks in intensive care and almost died. Upon release, she spent time rehabilitating at home, supported by family and friends.
*chaired a literary panel, 'Writing as Therapy,' at the 2015 Salisbury Writers' Festival.
*hosted William McInnes (award winning actor and author), Jane Turner-Goldsmith (psychologist, writer and teacher) and David Chapple (Specialist in Writing and Health.) The panel was a huge success with festival patrons. Event pictures can be seen on Allayne's author Facebook page.
*hosted a writing workshop for teens, 'Place and Setting,' at the South Australian Writers Centre on Tuesday 7th July. For pictures of the event, visit Allayne's author Facebook page.
*attended the winter gathering of SCBWI (The Society of Children's Authors and Illustrators) at Coventry Library, Stirling, SA.
*Paper Planes was listed as a 2015 Children's Book Council Notable book (middle grade fiction.)
*Paper Planes traveled to the Bologna Book Fair (Italy) and to the London Book Fair.
*Author in Residence at Pedare Christian College, Golden Grove, where Allayne hosted year 6, 7 & 8 classes, focusing on what it is to be an author and how to improve existing creative writing skills.
*presented a 'Get Published!' - a workshop at the South Australian Writers' Centre on Saturday 6th December. And what a fabulous bunch of people!
*presented to SCWBI (The Society for Children's Writers and Book Illustrators) at the Franklin Hotel on Sunday 12th October.
*visited Walford Anglican School for Girls.
*Paper Planes, was launched at Norwood Morialta High School Middle Campus by fellow celebrated authors, Vikki Wakefield and Rebecca Burton.
*presented at Norwood assembly and to Year 9 English classes.
*acted as a mentor to students at the Year 10 Norwood Morialta Middle School Mentor Day on Thursday 25th September.
*Salisbury Writers' Festival - 10th Birthday Celebrations! - Saturday 22nd August 2014 - Allayne appeared on a Writer's panel together with fellow authors Ruth Starke and John Marsden, titled, 'Tales from the Bunker: Insights into writing war stories.'
*visited Kildare College.
* author presentation at Norwood Morialta High School - Middle Campus - Thursday 3rd July 2014 - Allayne presented "What it's like to be an author" to Year 8 and 9 students.
'GET PUBLISHED!' - Workshop - 10th May 2014
*presented a Writers' workshop at the South Australian Writers' Centre.
*guest speaker at the 8th Mayoral International Women's Day Breakfast at The Watershed Cafe, Mawson Lakes - Friday 7th March 2014.
*celebrating the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature - Saturday 1st March 2014
*ABC Radio with Peter Goers and Vikki Wakefield - Tuesday 25th February 2014 8.10pm to 8.25pm
*Allayne spoke with Peter Goers and fellow author Vikki Wakefield, about the 2014 Salisbury Writers' Festival.
*launched fellow author Robert Moore's new novel, 'Hard Pressed' (MLR Press) on Sunday 17 November 2013
John Harvey Gallery, City of Salisbury Council, in celebration with the Feast Festival
*ran a Teen Writers' Bootcamp 2nd October 2014, South Australian Writers' Centre
*appeared at the 2013 Salisbury Writers' Festival - 23 August - 6 September 2013
*appeared at Roma Mitchell Secondary College on Friday 30th August
*ran a course for the South Australian Writers Centre: 'Publication : Front Door Closed? Go around the back!'
*launched Fiona McIntosh's children's novel The Rumpelgeist (sequel to The Whisperer) on Saturday 24th August 2012
*guest presenter at the City of Unley in the inaugural Read it, Write it, Draw it - Unley Libraries Literary Festival
*attended the Children's Book Council Conference Breakfast - Adelaide Convention Centre.
*appeared with author Vikki Wakefield at St Ignatius College, Adelaide.
*appeared at Dymocks book store in Rundle Mall on Weds 21 March at 6.00pm for an 'in conversation' event with fellow Adelaide author Fiona McIntosh. Fiona talked about her new book The Lavender Keeper.
*guest speaker at Flinders University as part of 'Authors and their Worlds' series. Spoke to Creative Writing students.
2011 St Teresa Primary School and Brighton Library
Allayne visited St Teresa Primary School and Brighton Library to talk to three classes of Brighton students about 2011 Book Week and her children's book 'Barnesy.' The children contemplated things they perceived to be Australian and also any Australian stories they could think of. There were some wonderful answers!! A special BIG thank you to St Teresa's librarian Anita and to Brighton Library's Tracy Glover.
*panel member at the Salisbury Writers' Festival. Allayne participated in a Q&A session with SA Writers' Centre host Barbara Wiesner and the audience. Later that afternoon, Allayne hosted Hachette publisher Jon Appelton in a speed pitching event where potential authors could pitch their ideas to a publisher.
2011 - Parkside Childcare Centre
Allayne visited the Parkside Childcare Centre and read ‘Barnesy’ to the children. The children were able to pass around a ‘Barnesy’ toy sheep with a bandaged leg during the story – an activity they most enjoyed! Thank you very much to the enthusiastic staff at PCC, especially Centre Director Nina. Thanks for supporting Aussie yarns!
2011 - Tyndale Christian School
Allayne visited Tyndale Christian School, Fern Grove Blvd, Salisbury and spoke to the junior school assembly.
*keynote speaker at St Peters College for the SA Writers' Centre.
*ran workshops for the SA Writers Centre for Country School kids.