Episode 66 - Building a book

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Kate interviews Nicola Santilli

Nicola Santilli is an editor at Allen & Unwin, where they help create beautiful, dynamic and interesting books for children and young adults. They have worked in Australian children’s publishing for over 10 years and served on the #LoveOzYA Committee from 2017 to 2018. Nicola has worked with many award-winning authors and illustrators, including Anna Fienberg, Julie Vivas, Jaclyn Moriarty, First Dog on the Moon, Jared Thomas, Ursula Dubosarsky, Jess Racklyeft, Karen Foxlee, Kelly Canby, Wai Chim, Phil Lesnie, Sarah Epstein, Freda Chiu, Lucinda Gifford and Jedda Robaard. They were the commissioning editor of the YA anthology Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and the editor of middle grade anthology Funny Bones, which featured 100 of Australia’s funniest authors and illustrators.



Some of Nicola's favourite books to edit have been:  

Kids Capers - Nat chats with Kanako Okiron

Kanako Okiron is a 15-year-old indie author from Hobart, of Japanese-Australian descent. She is homeschooled.


Homeschooling has played a huge role in her story writing, something that she believes traditional schooling could never have given her. 


Buy 'Not Like In The Movies' at:



Find out more about Kanako at:

Twitter: @okironkanako

Instagram: @okironkanako



Whatcha Readin?




Kate recommends Friday Barnes 10: Undercover by R.A. Spratt, published by Penguin Random House.









Your School is the Best! by Maggie Hutchings and Felicita Sala, published by Affirm Press.





Liz recommends Pearly and Pig and the Great Hairy Beast by Sue Whiting, published by Walker Books.








Market Day written by Carrie Gallasch, illustrated by Hannah Sommerville and published by Hardie Grant Egmont.






Reggie Round and the Aga Panthers written by Jane Grant, illustrated by Martina Heiduczek and published by Hardie Grant Egmont.




Truly Tan Jen Storer




Nat recommends Aussie Baby Animals and Aussie Water Babies by Julia Murray, published by Harper Collins.








The World Awaits by Tomos Roberts with art by Nomoco, published by Harper Collins.






JiuGo: The Power of Jiu-Jitsu by J.T. Tenacity.



This episode, Kate gives a shout out to The School Magazine - Australia's longest running literary publication, and an all-round great read for the kids of NSW. This year, The School Magazine is launching a new pilot magazine for even younger readers, called Launchpad. Launchpad will be taking off in Term 2 of 2022, and Kate, for one, is pretty excited.  


Find out more on The School Magazine's facebook page where they will also let you know if they are seeking submissions. 


On Our Radar

On Nat's radar is 2022 is a Queensland vacay, her new book WE RUN TOMORROW in coming out in May, plus audiobooks for ALL three of her remaining books, followed by a Melbourne book tour then Sydney Writer’s Festival, Words on the Waves, Singapore’s Words Go Round, StoryFest, a Sydney, Melb and Brisbane Book Week Tour and if all goes to plan (fingers and toes crossed) a UK book tour!!!


On Liz's radar for 2022 is the return to real-life writing events! She's looking forward to attending a rescheduled writing retreat later in the year via SCBWI, plus attending the Kids and YA Festival at Writing NSW in Sydney (check out the details here), and hopefully a whole lot more!


Plus there'll be an attempted re-do of some more Covid-cancelled things, like holidays!



On Kate's radar is the launch of her new book, Ouch! Tales of Gravity. There was no physical launch this time around, but Kate and illustrator Andy have been experimenting with the dozens of other fun ways to celebrate bringing a new book into the world. They seem to often involve things falling on your head. 


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Competition Details

This episode, our prize pack includes Kate’s new picture book Ouch!, illustrated by Andy Hardiman, and When You're Older by Sofie Laguna and Judy Watson thanks to Allen & Unwin PLUS a copy of YA novel Not Like In The Movies thanks to our amazing Kids Capers guest, talented teen author Kanako Okiron.


Head to our WIN page and simply tell us the last time you went Ouch! Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 15th March 2022 to be in the running. 


To illustrators Ramona Davey and Marianne Khoo for all our wonderful One More Page images.

And to our sound editor Adam Orlowski for his wonderful audio genius - check out his other work at www.aosd.tk

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