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Photo: Tamara Reichberg (Jesse Andrews, left) and Helen Giles (Patrick Ness, right)

at Kyneton Town Hall

Jesse Andrews and Patrick Ness: Kyneton

This May, hear from two heavyweights of young adult fiction – in Melbourne and Kyneton.

American writer Jesse Andrews is best known as the author (and scriptwriter) of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a touching, funny YA sensation turned award-winning film – and his debut. He’s since written The Haters – and now, Munmun. A dystopian fantasy, it’s provocative and funny, with a generous helping of class drama and social politics stirred through.

American-turned-Briton Patrick Ness is beloved by readers worldwide – particularly for his YA books, including the Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls. The latter, conceived by Siobhan Dowd before her death, and completed by Ness, was released as a major film in 2016; like Andrews, Ness was enlisted to write the screenplay. His latest book, Release, deals with the tenderness of coming-of-age – and coming out – in a conservative religious family, interwoven with an otherworldly search for truth and revenge.

Both writers have grappled with how to translate dark, important themes into addictively readable books – and how to adapt their work for the big screen. They’ll chat with C.S. Pacat about what it means to be generous towards your readers, and the power of unseen forces that shape our world. 

Presented in partnership with Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Squishy Minnie Bookstore will be our bookseller at this event.

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Portrait of Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness

Patrick Ness is the author of nine novels, including his New York Times bestselling The Rest of Us Just Live Here, the Chaos Walking trilogy, More Than ThisA Monster Calls, which was made into a major motion picture with a screenplay adaptation by Patrick himself, and Release. Born in Virginia, Patrick lives in London. 

Portrait of Jesse Andrews

Jesse Andrews

Jesse Andrews is a novelist, screenwriter, and former German youth hostel receptionist. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a graduate of Schenley High School and Harvard University. His books include Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2012), The Haters (2016) and Munmum (2018) and his scripts include the Sundance Grand Jury-prize winning adaptation of his book Me and Earl. He currently lives in Berkeley, California.

Portrait of C.S. Pacat

C.S. Pacat

C.S. Pacat is the bestselling author of the Captive Prince trilogy and the upcoming sports comic Fence.  

Her first novel began its life as an original web serial, which attracted viral attention before being acquired by Penguin USA. The Captive Prince trilogy went on to become a USA Today bestseller after being published worldwide to commercial success and critical acclaim.


A collision of writers. An explosion of ideas. This May, explore old and new stories through great conversation: from revitalised classics to cutting-edge fiction, incisive memoir to razor-sharp perspectives on the world of today.

Take your brain out for a spin. Come face to face with Mayhem!


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