Sydney Writer’s Festival All Day YA 2017

Sydney Writer’s Festival All Day YA 2017

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

TeenCon 2016 – Sydney Writer’s Festival

TeenCon 2016 – Sydney Writer’s Festival

IMG_5342After 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