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.
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-born Australian mechanical engineer, writer and social advocate. Yassmin worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia for almost half a decade before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster. She published her debut memoir, Yassmin’s Story, at age 24, then... Read more
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 ... Read more
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 Wrightso... Read more
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