top of page

Bianca Breen talks Akarnae - KidLit Classics podcast Season 2, Episode 7

About this episode’s KidLit Classic:

Akarnae is the first book in Lynette Noni's classic YA fantasy series The Medoran Chronicles. Published in 2015, it went on to be a bestseller and launch Lynette Noni's career.

In this episode we discuss how Akarnae became Bianca Breen's window into the #LoveOzYA community, the power of book communities in general, following an author's career from the start, and how Akarnae paved the way for so many of today's Australian authors successfully selling YA fantasy internationally. As always, we finish with a dramatic reading.

About this week’s guest, Bianca Breen:

Bianca is an emerging YA writer. When she’s not at work at The Literature Centre, she’s the Communications Director of the Australian Young Adult Literature Alliance (LoveOzYA) and the host of YA for WA. Bianca was the YA winner of the 2021 ASA Award Mentorship Program, and a 2022 Upcoming Writer-in-Residence at KSP Writers Centre.

Connect with Bianca Breen on Instagram: @biancabreen / Twitter: @bianca_breen

Connect with host Sam-Ellen Bound: Instagram @samellenb / Website

Mentioned in podcast:

Love Oz YA website

YA for WA website

The YA Room website

Lynette Noni's website

Buy Akarnae here

Enjoying KidLit Classics? Like, share, subscribe, leave a review! You can also show your appreciation via Buy Me a Coffee to ensure the future and sustainability of the show. To be a guest, get in touch with me via my contact page, or send an email to


Opening and Outro music:

‘Funny Whimsical Music’ by MoodMode, accessed via Storyblocks. Purchased and used under Storyblocks’ Royalty-Free Individual License Agreement.

Sound files:

‘Rapid Wide Mountain River’ by Dan Gasior. Used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.

‘deep laugh chuckle’ by hsmith1986. Used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.

'Monk Chant fantasy' by szegvari. Used under the Pixabay Music License Agreement.


(coming soon)


Blog & News

bottom of page