The Readings Teen Advisory Board

The Readings Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer group of teenagers that meets at Readings head office once a month to chat about recent and forthcoming young adult books, write blog posts and short reviews, learn about careers in the book industry, and provide feedback to Readings staff members on a range of subjects.

Members on our inaugural Teen Advisory Board for 2017-18 are Dylan McBurney, Layla Saraya, Tracy Hwang, Kate Kleinitz, Mia Tikellis, Kirrily Ireland, Christopher Buur, Joe Murray, Aisha Saed and Stella Theocharides. You can read monthly updates from their board meetings on our blog, and learn what they’ve been reading and discussing.

Over the past year, the board have met with acclaimed YA authors Clare Atkins, Eliza Henry Jones, Scot Gardner and Zana Fraillon, as well as industry figures Danielle Binks, Jackie Tang and Jane Pearson. We also asked the teens to share their best picks for lovers of fantasy and sci-fi, and their favourite reads from the summer holidays, and more, and one of our members even volunteered to interview the incredible Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff for the Readings Podcast!

Applications to join the Readings Teen Advisory Board in 2018/2019 are now open

We’re now looking for a new intake of teenagers (aged 14 -19) to join our advisory board starting in July 2018. The board meet on the third Monday of each month at 4.30pm in Carlton. Sadly, we do not currently have facilities to enable remote access for board members.

Here are some testimonials from this year’s board members…

The group has given me the opportunity to make some really great friends and get to know the ins and outs of the book industry – couldn’t have had a better time! – Stella Theocharides

Being on the Readings Teen Advisory Board has meant everything to me. It has been such a rewarding experience and privilege to be a part of. I’ve learned so many things about the Australian young adult publishing industry and potential careers and pathways into the industry. I’ve met so many wonderful people, from fellow teen readers to authors I admire, to the awesome Readings staff. I will sorely miss being a part of the board, it is such a unique opportunity that has definitely provided me with chances to grow and learn. I feel so lucky and grateful, and have absolutely loved every moment. – Tracy Hwang

The Teen Advisory Board has honestly been one the best experiences I have ever done. It’s a chance to make some new friends from across Melbourne, read books I never thought I would and gain knowledge and expertise about the book industry. I couldn’t recommend this experience more! – Mia Tikellis

Through being on the Teen Advisory Board, I’ve gotten to meet other people who are just as passionate about reading as me. It has also been a wonderful opportunity to see all the available careers you can chase in the writing industry. – Kate Kleinitz

To apply, please tell us why you would like to take part, the types of books you like to read, and why you love visiting bookshops. Your application should be a single page document of no more than 500 words, in either Word or PDF format, addressing the points above and including your name, age and contact details. Send it to by 5pm, Friday 15 June, 2018.