School Days is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive day.
10:00am - 10:45am WE COME APART
Sarah Crossan tells you how she came to love poetry and why you will learn to love it too! Sarah offers a behind-the-scenes look at the new verse novel she co-authored with Brian Conaghan, We Come Apart, focusing in particular on the themes of refugees and prejudice which characterise the book.
10:45am - 11:30am LYING FOR A LIVING
Gabrielle Williams spends a fair chunk of her working life telling whopping great lies and hoping people will believe her. She takes you on a journey of the greatest lies she and some of her characters have ever told, and helps you harness the power of the imagination in your lies.
11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch Break and Book Signings
With Sarah Crossan and Gabrielle Williams
12:30pm - 1:15pm A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS
What do running a youth-led organisation, driving really fast and writing a book all have in common? They're things Yassmin Abdel-Magied likes to do with her time. Hear a little about Yassmin's story as a brown, Muslim chick who likes to do random things ... and maybe, cheekily, learn a few things along the way.
1:15pm - 2:00pm MAKING IT PERSONAL
Inspiration for both All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe came from Jennifer Niven’s real life experiences. We hear from Jennifer about transforming the struggles she’s faced into stories and how the act of writing can be liberating.
2:00pm - 2:30pm Book Signings
With Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Jennifer Niven
Yassmin Abdel-Magied (International)
Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-Australian writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate with a background in mechanical engineering. One of the 2020 LinkedIn Changemakers, Yassmin is a globally sought-after advisor on issues of social justice, focused on race, gender and faith. She has travelled to 24 countries delivering keynotes on inclusive leadership, tackling unconscious bias and achieving substantive change. Yassmin's internationally acclaimed TED talk, 'What does my headscarf mean to you', has been viewed over two million times and was chosen as one of TED's top ten ideas of 2015. Her social and current affairs commentary has appeared in TIME, The Guardian and Teen Vogue as well as a regular on the BBC, Aljazeera, TRT and Monocle 24. Yassmin has published a memoir and two fiction novels and has a number of screenwriting projects in development. Her latest book is Talking About a Revolution.
Will Kostakis (Australian)
Will Kostakis is a writer of all things, from celebrity news stories that score cease and desist letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. That said, he’s best known for his award-winning YA novels, including The First Third and The Sidekicks. Most recently, Will has applied his trademark style to the fantasy genre, with Monuments and its sequel, Rebel Gods.