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
Will Kostakis (Australian)
Will Kostakis is an award-winning author, but his real claims to fame are a Twitter spat with Guy Sebastian, and ‘that time’ a member of Destiny's Child said his name. He writes novels for young adults and the adults who like reading about them and is best known for Gold Inky Award-winning The First Third and The Sidekicks. His short story, I Can See The Ending featured in Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology. In 2018 Will has been a Mentor for the Youth Curators as part of the All Day YA Program.