Brisbane events: Love YA! Girls Write Up! & More!

Monday, April 23, 2018

Love YA - Brisbane
I am beyond excited to be appearing at Love YA in Brisbane on May 12, in conversation with the amazing Cath Crowley, who is literally one of my favourite Young Adult authors of all time. I'm just going to be fan-girling through the entire event. The event is called Author to Author: Cath Crowley and Steph Bowe and here are the details:

Put two talented, powerful, and all-round awesome authors together and what do you get? A fun but fierce conversation of sexuality and strong female protagonists, writing practices, and the hope and beauty found in YA literature that will inspire writers and readers alike.

Cath Crowley’s latest book Words in Deep Blue (Pan MacMillan) has already been winning awards throughout the industry including the Gold Inky Award, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and the Indie Book Award for Young Adult fiction in 2017.

Steph Bowe, whose debut novel Girl Saves Boy was written when she was only sixteen, has stolen hearts, chronicled the complexity of families and charmed readers with her third novel Night Swimming (Text Publishing).

Together Cath and Steph will take the stage and talk all things YA at Love YA.

Presented in partnership with LoveOzYA. 

When: Sat 12 May, 12:00 – 13:00

Where: Flowstate Pavilion, South Bank

For more details, to check out the rest of the program and to buy tickets, check out the Uplit website. Do say hi if you come along!

Girls Write Up - Brisbane
I'll also be presenting at Girls Write Up in Brisbane on May 11! Here are some details:

GWU Brisbane 2018: ‘The politics and performance of language’ 

How can we make language and art work to change the future?

Friday 11 May 2018

State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane QLD 4101

Girls Write Up is for anyone who has felt limited by gender and wants to understand how language can be used to liberate and empower. It is an inclusive event open to all teens.

Over the day, authors,  journalists, activists, artists, poets and other creative thinkers will share the ways they have used their writing to define their identities and shape the world around them. The program of panels and practical workshops explores the relationship between language, gender and power, and the effects of unconscious bias on our sense of self. Girls Write Up gives participants the opportunity to discover their own creative voice, equipping them with the skills and the confidence to use it.

I'll be presenting a workshop on character development, and there are so many wonderful speakers and workshops and events across the day that you'd be silly to miss out (it's an event for all teenagers, and one that's committed to being inclusive and accessible. Teachers and carers can attend, too). Head over to the Stella Prize website for more details and to book tickets!

A podcast!
I recently chatted on the podcast Seeking Tumnus about Night Swimming - if you want to hear me read some of Night Swimming in my very Blinky Bill-esque accent then ramble about my love of very Aussie literature, you should check it out. Seeking Tumnus is a wonderful podcast about children's literature so it's worth listening their other episodes while you're there.
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