Double Booked Club

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at The Wheeler Centre

Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Alison Evans

For the first event in our fiction series, we’re pairing two authors with new books out for younger readers: Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Alison Evans.

You Must Be Layla is Abdel-Magied’s second book, and first foray into fiction, about a young girl from an Islamic family and her struggle to fit in at a new school. Highway Bodies is Alison Evans’s second YA novel. It features queer and gender non-conforming teens who struggle to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Both writers believe issues of representation are crucially important in writing for, and about, young people. For this midday session in March, they’ll talk schoolyard angst, weird science and writing real Australian teen characters for real Australian young readers.


Readings will be our bookseller for this event.

Double Booked Club: Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Alison Evans


Portrait of Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-born Australian mechanical engineer, writer and social advocate.

Portrait of Alison Evans

Alison Evans

Alison Evans is the award-winning author of three young adult (YA) novels: Euphoria Kids (2020), Highway Bodies (2019) and Ida (2017). They are a contributor in the YA anthologies Kindred: 12 Queer #loveozya Stories (2019) and Hometown Haunts: A Horror #loveozya Anthology (forthcoming 2021).

Alison runs a fortnightly writing group for trans youth with Nevo Zisin, and they co-edit the zine Concrete Queers with Katherine Back, which has published over 60 queer and/or questioning artists. They are a passionate advocate for the #loveozya community and work as a children's specialist bookseller.

Portrait of Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall

Leanne Hall is an author of young adult and children's fiction. Her debut novel, This Is Shyness, won the 2009 Text Prize for Children's and Young Adult Writing, and was followed by a sequel, Queen of the Night. Her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature at the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

Leanne Hall is an award-winning author of young adult and children's fiction, including This Is Shyness and Iris and the Tiger. Leanne has had shorter pieces published in Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and the anthology Growing Up Asian In Australia. Her latest work is the YA novel, The Gaps. You can find her at

Double Booked Club

Block out one Monday every month in your calendar. You're booked. Actually, you're Double Booked. 

In these sessions, we bring together two great local fiction authors for a leisurely, wide-ranging discussion of their new books, their backlists, their shared themes and each other's work.

Ahead of each event, ticket-bookers will receive some extra reading material relating to the books in question, so you can swot up in advance (you epic nerd). Can't make it? Watch from home with our live-stream.


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