Walker Books signs up landmark LGBTQIA+ YA short story collection

Walker Books Australia is thrilled to announce they have signed up a ground-breaking collection of YA short stories by LGBTQIA+ Australian authors.

The first of its kind in Australia, Kindred: A Queer #LoveOzYA Anthology will be curated and edited by Michael Earp, writer, bookseller and former Chair of the #LoveOzYA Committee.

Slated for a June 2019 release, Earp will bring together 12 outstanding LGBTQIA+ Australian authors to write #LoveOzYA short stories around the theme of “the connections that form us”. These powerful YA stories will explore the deep connections between family, friends and lovers, as well as those fleeting interactions that can change the course of lives in unexpected ways.

This inclusive and intersectional anthology of YA stories reflects the diverse make-up of the LGBTQIA+ community and features work from writers of various genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled.

The contributor list of internationally acclaimed writers, award winners, #LoveOzYA favourites and newcomers to the YA community includes:

  • Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap)
  • Benjamin Law (The Family Law)
  • Jen Wilde (Queens of Geek)
  • Ellen van Neerven (Heat and Light)
  • Marlee Jane Ward (Welcome to Orphancorp)
  • Claire G. Coleman (Terra Nullius)
  • Alison Evans (Ida)
  • Erin Gough (The Flywheel)
  • Nevo Zisin (Finding Nevo)
  • Omar Sakr (These Wild Houses)
  • Jax Jacki Brown
  • Michael Earp

With a balanced mix of contemporary realism and genre YA stories, the collection will also contain a foreword by Earp, resources for queer teens and information about the #LoveOzYA movement.

Born in NSW and now based in Melbourne, writer Earp is excited to be working with Australia and New Zealand’s premier publisher of children’s literature. Says Earp, “I’m so thrilled that Walker got behind this chance to offer the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia (as well as their many allies) a Young Adult literary celebration. And what a party this line-up of authors is! Now’s the time to show the world what queer #LoveOzYA authors have to offer.”

Walker Books editor Nicola Santilli says, “I’m proud and excited to be working with Michael and this amazing group of queer authors to bring this important and much-needed book to life. Stories should reflect the diversity of the world we live in, and it’s time for queer teens to finally see themselves reflected on the page.”

Michael Earp is a children’s bookseller at The Little Bookroom. He has studied Early Childhood Teaching and completed a Masters in Children’s Literature with a thesis focused on Young Adult literature in Australia. His writing has appeared in The Victorian Writer and Aurealis. He founded the #AusQueerYA tumblr and blogs at

Walker Books Australia has been bringing the best of children’s publishing to Australia and New Zealand for over 20 years. The company is dedicated to publishing books of unwavering quality for children and young adults to read and treasure. Walker Books Australia is also passionate about the Australian Children’s book industry and is a haven for the most highly talented authors and illustrators, both emerging and award-winning. Walker Books Australia is proud to be the home of Black Dog Books, an award-winning imprint with a reputation for publishing some of Australia’s finest writers including Carole Wilkinson, Sue Lawson and Suzy Zail.


Last updated on 04/03/19 at 01:10:31
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