I had not intended to attend the Sydney Writer’s Festival All Day YA this year, as it was in Parramatta and it was just a bit too far from my place to feasibly get to. However, I was lucky enough to win a ticket from the wonderful people at Happy Indulgence, and I am so delighted – it was a marvellous day and I would have missed out had I not made the trek to the Riverside Theatres! It was a great location, though I did miss being close to the city…
The day started out with a highly entertaining panel with five contributors of the Begin, End, Begin: LoveOzYA Anthology. It was hysterical – the camaraderie between the authors was just wonderful to watch. And Will Kostakis remains one of the funniest people I have had the pleasure to watch on stage! I had my book signed by all five – Danielle Binks, Gabrielle Tozer, Will Kostakis, Jaclyn Moriarty and Amie Kaufman. All are just wonderful humans.
I was then lucky enough to attend a sold-out event with Rupi Kaur, the amazing poet behind bestseller milk and honey. Read more
After last year’s enormous success, TeenCon went ahead again for the 2016 Sydney Writer’s Festival! The event was even more exciting than the last, especially because there were extra YA-related events throughout the day.
I attended ‘Is This Just Fantasy’ with Michael Grant, Jay Kristoff, Jack Heath and Claire Zorn as panellists. I love Jack Heath’s books – they are fantastic thrillers for reluctant readers set to a time limit; it really gets the adrenaline rushing! Michael Grant is the author of the renowned Gone series (which I haven’t actually read yet….), but I was reading his new book Frontlines throughout the day – it is astonishing! Jay Kristoff is one of the powerhouse team behind Illuminae, and his new book Nevernight looks amazing! I’ve only read one of Claire’s books – The Protected – and it was absolutely divine, even though there wasn’t any fantasy… The panel was interesting – apparently we are obsessed with dystopia and science fiction, because it COULD happen! It’s too real! Read more