Recap: Reading Matters Conference 2017

The Centre for Youth Literature is a national leader in the sphere of youth literature programming, this year they held their 12th Reading Matters Conference. It was an invigorating two days where the audience celebrated literature and storytelling, while discussing topics as diverse as activism, personal identity, the fantastic, relationships and much more.

HarperCollins authors Alison Goodman and Jay Kristoff were both fabulous, talking about writing authentic teen characters in invented worlds,  Jay talked about why we love Science Fiction and Alison participated in a panel session discussing the line between fact and fantasy.







We heard a lot about the LoveOzYA  community  promoting  local content to local readers. The movement began online, and rapidly garnered the attention of writers, readers, publishers, booksellers and so many more invested in our national youth literature.

Below is a list of the HarperCollins books discussed at the Reading Matters Conference and are available at all bookstores and online. For a list of HarperCollins Speculative Fiction please visit


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

From New York Times bestselling author, Jay Kristoff, comes a dangerous new fantasy world and a heroine edged in darkness. Mia Corvere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Out now.



Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

From the bestselling author, Jay Kristoff, comes the second book in the Nevernight Chronicle. Conquer your fear, conquer the world.

Available September 2017.




Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman

Against a backdrop of whispered secrets in St James’s Palace, soirees with Lord Byron and morning calls from Beau Brummell, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club is a delightfully dangerous adventure of self-discovery and dark choices that must be made … whatever the consequences.

Out now.


Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

The second novel in the thrilling Lady Helen series sees Helen following orders that could bring about betrayal and annihilation

Out now.




Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, edited by Danielle Binks

With brilliantly entertaining short stories from beloved young adult authors Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks, this all-new collection will show the world exactly how much there is to love about Aussie YA.

Out now.

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