The Australian Young Adult Literature Alliance, more affectionately known by our social media hashtag #LoveOzYA, is a national organisation promoting Australian youth literature, supporting diverse representation and ‘own voices’ in Australian YA.
LoveOzYA centres the experiences and aspirations of Australian teen readers and aims to connect them with great Australian young adult (YA) books and authors by:
- promoting national and international awareness of Australian YA books and authors
- encouraging readers of all ages to discover and read Australian youth literature
- undertaking collaborative initiatives with organisations in the education and arts and
cultural sectors, including schools, publishers, booksellers, libraries, cultural
organisations and communities
- advocating for the success and reputation of Australian youth literature in all its diverse and varied forms.
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.
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.
Alexandra Patrikios – Communications Director
Alexandra Patrikios is a former news journalist who spent five years covering everything from gripping High Court challenges, to the high-stakes world of Commonwealth Games table tennis, in Australia and the UK.
She now works in health communications in nipaluna/Hobart, where she’s currently undertaking a screenwriting development course, and trying to stay warm. She has a particular passion for stories ethically explore the issue of mental health.
As Communications Director, Alexandra works with an eight-strong team of #LoveOzYA volunteers (including Committee members, plus volunteer Champions) to produce original content celebrating Australian youth literature.
Jasmin McGaughey is a Torres Strait Islander and African American. She is currently in the midst of a Master of Philosophy in creative writing, looking into Torres Strait Islander representation in YA.
She is lucky enough to work at the Queensland State Library in the black&write! team as a Junior Editor. She is also a recipient of the Wheeler Centre’s 2019 Next Chapter Fellowship.
She has been able to write for Overland, Kill Your Darlings, Voiceworks, and Hot Chicks with Big Brains. Jasmin’s passions have always been writing and reading and she is proud to be able to work and learn in this field with excellent First Nations work.
Allanah Hunt is a Junior Editor in the black&write! team at the State Library of Queensland. She loves writing, reading, cats and Marvel, not necessarily in that order.
She is a PhD student in creative writing at Anglia Ruskin University, England.
Her PhD involves the production and analysis of fan fiction set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Her previous writing has concentrated on realistic and literary fiction, exploring sensitive contemporary issues such as Aboriginal deaths in custody.
She has had several short stories published and two of her novels placing Highly Commended in the black&write! Fellowship. She is a winner of the inaugural Boundless mentorship. She won the 2019 Nakata Brophy Fiction Prize and is one of the novella winners for Griffith Review as well as a Griffith Review Fellowship.
Alex Wharton serves as a Head of Middle/Senior School on Kamilaroi Country lands in Gunnedah, rural north west NSW. He has been an English Teacher and Head Teacher for over 10 years and is an advocate for reading and literacy in his local and professional community.
Alex is a curriculum resource writer and his work includes writing for the Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia project which provides teaching resources for Australia’s best young adult literature. Alex has been a judge for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Red Room Poetry and is a text reviewer for the English Teachers Association of NSW.
Dayna Smith is a children and young people’s librarian at a public library in Queensland, a job that perfectly combines her previous roles as a child and youth psychologist and bookseller.
Her favourite YA genres are LGBTIQA+ contemporary and magical realism because she loves stories about people figuring out who they are. When she’s not reading, Dayna loves to bake and carve wood.
Want to get involved?
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, then head over to our contact us page and use the subject ‘Committee Nomination’ to get in touch.
Within the message, please tell us:
- a bit about yourself
- the state you live in
- your profession
- 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, it’s very welcome via our contact us page.
Further information about the #LoveOzYA movement
- #LoveOzYA by Danielle Binks for Kill Your Darlings journal (2015)
- Young Love: championing Australian Young Adult fiction by Ellie Marney for the Wheeler Centre blog (2015)
The #LoveOzYa logo was designed by author Trinity Doyle!