Hey! Teenager of the year

When attending the virtual release of the Inkys longlist, Bright Ideas met an excpetional teenager with a brillant blog. Focussing on books for teenagers, Steph Bowe’s blog Hey! Teenager of the Year is both informative and inspiring. Steph has agreed to let the readers of Bright Ideas know a little bit more about her blog.

About me: I’m a fifteen-year-old aspiring author who lives in Victoria, Australia. At the moment I’m finishing high school by correspondence, because it allows for a lot more freedom with my education and I have more time for reading and writing. 

Earlier this year, I interviewed YA author and the manager of insideadog Lili Wilkinson on my blog. She invited me to be an Inkys judge, along with blogger Adele Walsh, three other teenage judges and last year’s golden Inky winning author James Roy. It’s been a lot of fun to be a part of.

 About my blog: I started Hey, Teenager of the Year in April as a way to talk about books for teenagers. My aims for the blog were mainly to talk about the books I love and get to know other YA readers and writers. I emailed authors whose books I love and asked if they’d be interested in being interviewed, read and commented on the blogs of other teen bloggers and gradually I got more and more readers – something that when I had started, I didn’t expect at all. Now, I regularly receive books for review, and through commenting on blogs and writing guest posts more and more people discover my blog. Because of my blog, I was asked to be an Inkys 2009 judge and I was invited by author Susanne Gervay to the NSW Writer’s Centre Kids & YA Festival.

 Hey! Teenager of the year is a fabulous resource as well as an exceptional model for other inspiring bloggers and writers, both young and not so young alike. Thanks to Steph for taking the time to speak to Bright Ideas. You can find out more information and contact Steph here.

2 thoughts on “Hey! Teenager of the year

  1. Hi there – As the Director of the Kids and YA Literature Festival at the NSW Writers Festival, it was a pleasure to invite Steph there as a young reviewer and writer. She was able to meet some of Oz’s great authors like Melina Marchetta, Garth Nix, James Roy, Richard Harland…. and Australian publishers from houses including Random House, UQP, Penguin … Steph’s passion for YA literature is thoughtful and she is already making her mark. Loved meeting and sharing time with Steph.

    By the way, glad Steph loved Monkey Baa Theatre’s adaptation of my younger fiction ‘I AM JACK’ performed at the Fairfax Theatre Melbourne.

  2. Just want to note Steph Bowe’s big news: She recently signed with US literary agent Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown for her YA novel. You can check out the news on her blog – or throughout the YA blogsphere! I’ve read the novel and it’s remarkable.

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