This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: CYA10  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Young Adult
Why are fantasy and dystopia so popular in young adult fiction? Is it the escape into vivid worlds full of danger, adventure enchantment and cool and unusual characters? Maybe it’s that the cloak of fantasy frees us up to talk about issues without the constraint of ‘real life’? Or is the line between the real and the fantastical irrelevant because all books are magic? Michael Grant, Jack Heath, Jay Kristoff and Claire Zorn separate fact from
fantasy—or not. With Dr Victoria Flanagan.

Supported by Macquarie University.

Sunday 22 May 2016 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Pier 4/5 Royal Institute of All Day YA (Sydney Dance 2), Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
Free, but tickets required. Tickets available from 9am at the Glowtopia Tourist Information Booth (Eastern side of Pier 4/5)

Michael Grant (International)

Michael Grant is the author of the bestselling Gone series, the BZRK trilogy and the brand new Front Lines trilogy. With his wife Katherine Applegate, he is also the co-author of Eve and Adam and the Animorphs series. Michael has written or co-authored over 150 books in total, which by his own admission is just absurd! Michael lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with Katherine and their two children.

Jay Kristoff (Australian)

Jay Kristoff is the internationally and The New York Times bestselling author of The Lotus War, The Illuminae Files and The Nevernight Chronicle. He is a winner of the Aurealis Award, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, and has been named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty countries, most of which he has never visited. Being the holder of an arts degree, he has no education to speak of. He does not believe in happy endings.

Claire Zorn (Australian)

Claire Zorn’s first young adult novel The Sky So Heavy received a 2014 CBCA Honour Book Award for Older Readers. Her second novel, The Protected, won the 2015 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Young Adult Fiction, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, the 2015 CBCA Best Book for Older Readers and has been longlisted for the Gold Inky Award.

Jack Heath (Australian)

Jack Heath is the internationally bestselling author of sixteen thrillers for reluctant readers. His new book, Countdown To Danger: Shockwave, is an action-packed you-choose-the-path story designed to be read in real-time.

Victoria Flanagan (Australian)

Victoria Flanagan is a senior lecturer in Children’s Literature at Macquarie University in Sydney. She is the author of Into the Closet: Cross-Dressing and the Gendered Body in Children’s Literature and Film (2008) and Technology and Identity in Young Adult Fiction: The Posthuman Subject (2014). Her research focuses on representations of gender and subjectivity and she is currently working on a project that examines the role of social media in YA fiction.



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