Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee

Myke Bartlett

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Myke was born in Perth, and spent his first 20 years trying to escape. A trained journalist, he writes on politics, movies, pop culture and rock music for Australia’s best known cultural publications. His debut young adult novel Fire in the Sea won the 2011 Text Prize.

Kate Gillespie

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Kate is the executive education officer at the Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE). VATE is a not-for-profit professional body established to promote the interests of English education and to allow English educators in Victoria to exchange ideas. Prior to this role, Kate taught English to a range of interesting and diverse young people.

Leanne Hall

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Leanne is the author of two novels for young adults, the Text Prize-winning This Is Shyness and its sequel Queen of the Night. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in Meanjin, The Age, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Growing Up Asian In Australia. Her work plays with the borders of reality and fantasy. Leanne has worked in the arts, educational publishing and as a bookseller, but her enduring passion is for youth literature.

Susan La Marca

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Susan is a consultant in the areas of children’s and young adult literature and school libraries and currently head of library services at Genazzano FCJ College. Susan is the editor of Synergy, a SLAV online journal. Susan has been a CBCA judge, and a panel member for various awards. In 2010 she received the John Ward Award for her contribution to the profession in Victoria. She is currently the regional director for Oceania of the International Association of School Librarianship. Susan has edited a number of texts in the field of teacher-librarianship and wrote the book Knowing Readers: Unlocking the Pleasures of Reading with Pam Macintyre. Susan also edited, with Pam, the anthology Things a Map Won’t Show You. A second anthology Where the Shoreline Used to Be is to be published by Penguin in 2016.

Daniel Micallef

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Daniel is the library manager at Footscray City College in Melbourne’s inner west. He is passionate about connecting young readers to the perfect book and expanding their literary horizons.

Marisa Pintado

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Marisa is the commissioning editor of children’s and YA fiction at Hardie Grant Egmont. She has worked with a variety of emerging, commercially successful and award-winning writers, and recently spent a year in London with Egmont UK’s children’s fiction team. In 2011 she founded the Ampersand Prize for YA and middle-grade debut novels, which has rapidly gained recognition as a leading award for unpublished writers. Before she was a children’s books editor, Marisa was the YA fiction reviewer for the Canberra Times and worked with the Public Libraries Unit at the State Library of Victoria.

Adele Walsh

Schools’ Programming Advisory Committee Member

Adele is the program coordinator for the Centre for Youth Literature, providing online content as well as programming events to promote literature for, and to, young adults. Adele has extensive experience as a passionate youth literature advocate, also sitting on the Express Media Board. She has a professional background as a teacher and is a well known youth literature blogger (aka Persnickety Snark).