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.
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
Meet the LoveOzYA Committee
Kate Eltham – Chair
Kate has been reading Australian YA since she fell in love with the books of Ivan Southall and Gary Crew at age 11. Kate’s previous roles have included CEO of Queensland Writers Centre, Manager of Reading and Writing at the State Library of Queensland and Festival Director of Brisbane Writers Festival, where she established LoveYA!, a free all-day celebration of YA fiction. She is currently Business Development Manager for the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT.
Sarah Ross – Treasurer
Sarah is a passionate member of the Melbourne book community and loves reading diverse and inclusive stories – especially if it’s a fantasy. Sarah has had almost a decade of experience running community events in the music industry and managing local bands, and now runs a new Melbourne book club ‘What’s the Tea?’ (@whatstheteaaus); that celebrates all forms of reading. In her spare time she enjoys bullet journaling while listening to an audiobook.
Alice Boer-Endacott – Secretary (author representative)
Alice has independently published five young adult fantasy books under the name A B Endacott. When not reading or writing, she is contributing to The Nerd Daily (http://www.thenerddaily.com/) about all things pop culture or spending time with her cats (and thus slowly morphing into a crazy cat lady). She passionately believes that books have the capacity to change people for the better.
Renee Fletcher – Deputy Chair (publishing representative)
Renee is completing a Bachelor in Professional Writing and Publishing and is currently working as a marketing associate. When she’s not studying, working or reading she’s helping the community with her local SES Unit by climbing on roofs, wrangling trees and helping the public prepare for storms and other natural disasters. She has a dog named Frank and spends more time at the beach than might be considered necessary.
Margot McGovern – Communications Director (author representative)
Margot is an Adelaide-based YA author, former bookseller and occasional blogger (Lectito.me). Her debut novel, Neverland, was shortlisted for the 2015 Text Prize and published by Penguin Random House Australia in 2018. She holds a creative writing PhD from Flinders University and her book reviews have appeared in several of Australia’s leading publications, including Australian Book Review and Kill Your Darlings.
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!