Welcome

Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

News and Events

For all bookings please contact Becky’s Literary Bookings.

We had the privilege of hearing Alys speak at our reading hour today in the Barr Smith Library at University of Adelaide and what a wonderful experience it was. Alys is a born speaker and I could have listened to her all day. I’ll certainly be looking out for her books and for my young granddaughter’s budding library too! What a wonderful childhood she had and she shared so many stories with us … well done Alys 😊 Margaret Galbraith, Barr Smith Library.

December 2019

Author visit and workshop – Hamra Centre Library, Sunroom, 1 Brooker Terrace, Hilton.

Author visit and workshops – Coromandel Valley Primary School, Adelaide.

SPIN – Southern Performers Interactive Network – poetry reading. Poetry, stories, music and wine.

November 2019

SCBWI SA Christmas Dinner, Adelaide.

Well Versed, Podcast – PBA FM radio, Adelaide.

25th November – LAUNCH of New Poets 20, Box Factory., Adelaide.

SPIN – Southern Performers Interactive Network – poetry reading. Poetry, stories, music and wine.

October 2019

Andrew Joyner – book launch at Shakespeare’s Books, Blackwood.

SCBWI SA event – Professional Day, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide.

Friendly Street Poets – poetry reading.

Children’s University Event: Storytelling and Activities: Len Beadel Library, Salisbury. 8th October, 10:30am – 11:30am. Register here.

Children’s University Event: Storytelling and Activities: Stretton Centre Library. 8th October, 1pm – 2pm. Register here.

September 2019 

Children’s University Event – Storytelling and Activities: Mon, Sept 30th: 11am –

12pm. Register here.

22nd September – LAUNCH of The Land Belongs to Me, Mitcham Library. Illustrated by Shane McGrath: Big Sky Publishing

Author visit and workshops – Fulham North Primary School, Adelaide

Author visit and workshops – Coromandel Valley Primary School, Adelaide

19th September: Guest Author for Australian Reading Hour event, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide. Click on the link above to make a free booking.

Friendly Street Poets – poetry reading.

August 2019

The Land Belongs to Me is released by Big Sky Publishing

 

 

 

 

 

SPIN – Southern Performers Interactive Network – poetry reading. Poetry, stories, music and wine.

Beverly McWilliams and Timothy Ide: Attended Book Launch of Born to Fly. 

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA)- SA Branch Dinner

Debra Abela Book Launch of third book in the Grimsdon Series, Final Storm at Shakespeare’s Books.

FSP – my debut poetry manuscript, Wolf Ghosts, chosen to be published in New Poets 20 with Julia Wakefield Houghton and Sharon Foulkes.

July 2019

Writers Retreat – Gooluwatu

Kristin Martin, poetry workshop, Coventry Library, Stirling

South Australian Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrator’s Winter Retreat, Stirling

I am Wolf published in Orbit, Australia

Book launch of Joey and Riley by author/illustrator Mandy Foot, Stirling Library, Adelaide

Book launch of Sensitive, by Allayne L Webster, UQP – Greenlight Comics, Adelaide with Dan McGuiness

Hosted Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

June 2019

South Australian Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrator’s – Meet and Greet, Adelaide

The Utter Absence of Everything long listed in the Wigleaf 50 Best Short Fiction of 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills –

May 2019

Book launch of Chandani and the Ghost of the Forest by Roseanne Hawke and Lenore Penner with Mandy Foot.

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

April 2019

Attended a workshop: How to Write a History, Longwood Institute, presented by author Danielle Clode.

SCBWI Dinner – speaker Sue Whiting, The British Hotel, Adelaide

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

March 2019

Adelaide Festival Fringe Event: The Final Draft – 10 Years of Ja Pisem – performed short stories and poetry as part of a festival event at Ekhidna Winery

 

 

 

 

 

Book launch of To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme by Kristin Martin, poet and author. Launched by Janeen Brian.

Finding George published in Touchdown, Australia

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

February 2019

Rehearsal of Final Draft – Adelaide Fringe Festival event

Finding the Magic long-listed in the Buzz Words Short Story Prize, 2019

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

January 2019

Book launch of The Great Billy Cart Grand Prix, illustrated by Lauren Mullinder and written by Michael Johnston, Adelaide

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

December 2018

Workshop – Coordinated running of Growing Edible Produce: speaker Pauline Woodward (preserving produce), Adelaide

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

November 2018

Book launch of Vanishing by Mike Lucas, MidnightSun Publishing, Adelaide

Workshop: introduced speaker, Mel Marsh, Growing Edible Produce, Adelaide

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

October 2018

Attended Quart Shorts, Literary Readings, Adelaide

Workshop: introduced speakers’ Harald Ehmann and Hellen Coleman: Growing Edible Produce, Adelaide

The New Kid published in Orbit, Australia

SCBWI SA Professional Day, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide. Wrote the BLOG Post.

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

September 2018

Workshop: introduced speaker, Malcolm Campbell, ABC Gardening Presenter: Growing Edible Produce, Adelaide

Jake’s New Family published in Touchdown, Australia

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

August 2018

Workshop: introduced speaker Diane Bickford, Bickleighvale Farm: Growing Edible Produce, Adelaide

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

July 2018

Co-presented Writing for Magazines with Kristin Martin: South Australian Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrator’s Winter Retreat, Stirling

Workshop: Introduced Sophie Thomson, ABC Gardening Presenter: Growing Edible Produce, Adelaide

Annie and the Shipwreck published in Blast Off, Australia

Second Chances published in Touchdown, Australia

Onkaparinga Grants Award Ceremony: received grant on behalf of Garden Grub Community Food Swap

 

 

 

 

 

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

The Green Sash published by Orbit, Australia

Book launch of Sebastian and the Special Stack of Stories by Kelly Hibbert, HarperCollins Australia, – in Adelaide

June 2018

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

May 2018

SCBWI SA Midyear Dinner with author, Kathryn Apel, Adelaide

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

April 2018

Book Launch of The Extremely Weird Thing That Happened at Huggabie Falls by Adam Cece, Stirling

The Very Last Jar – part 2, AQUILA, UK

Short story, Survivors of the Night, Quart Shorts performed at , Literary Readings

 

 

 

 

 

Read by Claire Glenn

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

March 2018

The Utter Absence of Everything published by Jellyfish Review

Hollow Bones published by Storgy Magazine

The Very Last Jar – part 1, AQUILA, UK

 

 

 

 

 

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

February 2018

SCBWI SA – Meet and Greet event, Tower Hotel, Magill SA

The Notebook Thief published in Touchdown, Australia

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

January 2018

Unexploded published by Flash Fiction Magazine

Coordinated Garden Grub, Community Food Swap, Adelaide Hills

Tilted Winter published by The Wild Word

Red Sky at Night published in Caterpillar Magazine, Ireland

2017

Attended Awards Presentation – Henry Lawson Festival of Arts, June 2017. Recipient of Harold Goodwin Short Story Award and Statuette for Prose and Poetry – presented by Tara Moss.

Momo and Hana, published in Orbit Magazine, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

Water for Everyone published in Orbit Magazine, Australia

Polite Racism published in Right Now Magazine

You Can Lead a Horse to Water published in Caterpillar Magazine, Ireland

Isaac and the Australian published in Orbit Magazine, Australia

Attended Australian Short Story Festival, UniSA

Book Launch of Plane Tree Drive Lynette Washington ( Highly Commended in the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award)

Synopsis and Pitching Workshop with Victoria Purman, Writers SA

Attended Salisbury Writers Festival