Reality Bites: A Night of Coming-of-Age Stories
Friday, 2 Jun 2023, 07:00pm - 08:30pm
Six storytellers take to the stage to share fictional works inspired by the everyday realities of growing up in the next instalment of the Wheeler Centre’s Telling Tales.
Remove the rose-tinted glasses and delve into the nitty-gritty of adolescence with a night of stories that explore the ups and downs, the heartache and joy, and the triumphs and tribulations of coming of age.
Hear from beloved Young Adult writers Kelly Gardiner (The Firewatcher Chronicles), Will Kostakis (We Could Be Something, The Sidekicks) and Alice Pung (Laurinda, One Hundred Days) as they join three emerging teen writers to captivate you with six tall tales in the latest Telling Tales storytelling session, hosted by Jes Layton.
Artwork by Pilgrim Hodgson.
You have the option to pay what you wish for this for this event. As a guide, a suggested price of $15 will cover the cost of your ticket, however any amount helps us continue to present low-cost events. Advance bookings are essential.
Accessible toilets available
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A coming-of-age reading guide
In preparation for the next instalment in the Telling Tales series, Reality Bites, we asked the event’s official bookseller The Kids’ Bookshop for some coming-of-age book recommendations.
About Telling Tales
From fantastical realms to gritty realities, Telling Tales is the perfect series for young adult bookworks and genre enthusiasts alike.
Alice is an optimistic, 15 year old arts nerd who is most commonly found dancing, playing music, painting, writing or talking the ear off of anyone who will listen. As a young artist, passionate about making change, her art (of any medium) is often made with political and social ideas as a muse. Ali... Read more
Kelly Gardiner writes historical fiction and fantasy for all ages. Her latest middle-grade series is The Firewatcher Chronicles and her other books include 1917, shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Prize; the young adult novels Act of Faith and The Sultan’s Eyes, both shor... Read more
Ada is a 14 year old writer, a lover of reading, drawing, writing, music and any other arts subject she can get her hands on. At any given moment she can be found rehearsing, painting, reading and/or desperately procrastinating the work she should have done last week. A fan of both Greek mythology a... Read more
Will Kostakis is an award-winning author for young adults. He’s been at it fifteen years, but his mum insists it’s just a phase and any day now, he’ll pursue a real career. He is best known for his contemporary novels, The First Third, The Sidekicks, and the recently released We Could Be Somet... Read more
Jes Layton invented writing, the airplane, and the internet. He was also the first person to reach the North Pole. Jes is an author, illustrator, performer and arts worker currently living and working on Wurundjeri Land. He is the current Executive Director of the Emerging Writers Festival and is cu... Read more
Alice Pung OAM is the bestselling author of the memoirs Unpolished Gem and Her Father’s Daughter, and the essay collection Close to Home, as well as the editor of the anthologies Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. Her novel Laurinda, won the Ethel Turner Prize at the 2016 NSW Premi... Read more
Astrid is a 14-year-old writing enthusiast, she loves reading, poetry, and writing songs. Her favourite pass time is curled up on the couch scribbling away in her journal with a nice cup of tea. Astrid has been writing and since she was a little kid always eager to tell stories and hear new ones. He... Read more
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