AJ Betts

Amanda Betts is a Perth-based author who has taught in schools for over 16 years.  She is a fantastic public speaker, conducting engaging workshops in schools, libraries and at writing festivals.

In 2008, Amanda published her first book ShutterSpeed, suited to older teens (15+) and adults.  Her next young adult book, Wavelength, was shortlisted for the West Australian Premier's Prize in 2011 and received much praise.  In 2010, a reviewer in The West Australian wrote, "This is a compelling, crisply written novel, highly recommended for stressed-out teenagers - and their parents - everywhere."

Amanda's third novel, Zac and Mia was awarded the Text Prize in 2012 and the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature at the NSW Premier Literary Awards in 2014.  Following its release, the book quickly required a reprint given its immense popularity with people of all ages.  It tells of the story of two teenagers with cancer, and has been described by many as "utterly compelling and so impossible to put down". 

To find out more about Amanda visit her website http://www.ajbetts.com

In 2013 Amanda presented lively workshops as part of the Talented Young Writers' Programme at the Literature Centre, Bunbury, Newman, Port Hedland and Albany.  

We will be welcoming Amanda back to the Centre for our annual Celebrate Reading National Conference: Insights into Quality Australian Literature for Young Adults held at The Literature Centre in Fremantle on Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November 2014.

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