LoveOzYA is, at its heart, a way to focus the discussions around young adult (YA) fiction in Australia and by doing so, promote local content to local readers. The movement began – as all important conversations do nowadays – online, and rapidly garnered the attention of writers, readers, publishers, booksellers and so many more invested in our national youth literature. We all want the same thing – to draw the attention of Australian teens to Australian books that speak to their experience, and unite the youth-lit community by;
- promoting a united message
- centralising information
- raising the profile of local content
The LoveOzYA community is represented by an elected committee who can facilitate discussion, speak to the media, and carry out actions on behalf of the group. The members of this committee are currently as follows;
- Tori D’Cruz (SA)
Tori is a bookseller and the resident YA expert at Dymocks Adelaide. In 2015 she started a monthly YA book club called The YA Circle which as well as being a whole lot of fun is her absolute pride and joy. She likes her YA to be more on the Sci-Fi and Fantasy side of things but still loves a good contemporary. Twitter: @theyacircleADL Instagram: @theyacircle
- Michael Earp (VIC) (Chair)
Michael has spent his entire adult life working with children’s books, with 8 years of bookselling and 7 years as a sales and marketing rep for a children’s publisher. With a teaching undergrad and a children’s literature masters under his belt, he’s extremely passionate about YA. He set up the #AusQueerYA tumblr in response to the #LoveOzYA movement. Twitter: @littleelfman and Instagram: @littleelfman
- Kevin Lee (VIC)
Kevin is doing a Graduate Diploma in library and information management. He studied Commerce and Science as an undergraduate. For over a decade he has worked in the financial sector, and runs the book club at work, while enjoying the riches that OzYA has to offer. Instagram: @kevinlee2212
- Stacey Malacari (WA)
Stacey is a writer of #ausqueerya fiction and the founder of Get YA Words Out, a Queer YA resource. She digs all things Queer-culture, loves fantasy and sci-fi, and thinks space is really cool. Instagram: @getyawordsout Twitter: @getyawordsout
- Rhianna Patrick (QLD)
During her 15 years at the ABC, Rhianna has worked across news and current affairs (including triple j news), television documentaries and radio. She currently presents a national Sunday night programme named after her across ABC Radio. Rhianna stumbled back into the world of YA in 2016 after realising she hadn’t read anything in 12 months and perhaps having a YA segment on her show which supported the #LoveOzYA movement was a great way to rectify that. Rhianna is a Torres Strait woman and a descendant of the Zagareb (Mer) and Wagedagam (Maubiag) tribes. She’s also an avgeek, anglophile and Whovian. Twitter: @RhiannaPatrick
- Joe Visser (NSW)
Joe is also known as Book Boy, a 14-year-old book blogger from NSW. He blogs at bookboy.com.au and his favourite book so far is Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. When he’s not reading (or at school…), he usually has a guitar in his hands. Twitter: @bookboyau Instagram: @joevissermusic
You can find the full history behind the movement, and the stats that inspired it, here: http://www.killyourdarlingsjournal.com/2015/07/loveozya/ & here: http://www.wheelercentre.com/notes/young-love-australian-YA
If you’re interested in volunteering your time to the #LoveOzYA Committee we’d love you to nominate yourself. We encourage you to read through our CHARTER to get a clearer picture of how we operate, along with the posts that are listed above. Self-nomination does not guarantee you a place on the committee, but as places become available, we will approach individuals from our list of potential committee members. In order to put your hand up, head over to our CONTACT US page and use the subject ‘Committee Nomination’. Within the message, please tell us about yourself. We specifically would like to know the state you live in, your profession and your age. We’d also encourage you to self-identify any other aspect of your life which you feel will add to your contribution to the committee. Everyone is welcome! It’s a passion for Australian YA that we share.
Similarly, if you ever have any feedback for the committee, we welcome it. We are here to service you, the community. We are just a merry band of volunteers trying to spread the love so if you see ways that could make that more effective or wide reaching, we’d love to hear it. Just make use of the CONTACT US page.
The #LoveOzYa logo was designed by author Trinity Doyle!