Contrary to dire predictions, teenagers and young adults are still reading books on paper and tablets. While James Bradley and Mardi McConnochie have written across many genres, from literary fiction to film, and both their latest books are written for the young adult market. WestWords director Michael Campbell talks to them about their previous work, their new books and the challenges of switching genres.

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James Bradley (Australian)

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James Bradley is an award-winning writer and critic. His novels include Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade, all of which have won or been shortlisted for major Australian and international literary awards. He is also the author of a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus and a young adult novel, The Silent Invasion.

Mardi McConnochie (Australian)

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Mardi McConnochie is the author of four novels for adults: Queen Coldwater, The Snow, Fivestar and The Voyagers. She has also published four books for younger readers: Melissa, Queen of Evil, Dangerous Games, and the Quest of the Sunfish series: Escape to the Moon Islands and The Castle in the Sea. 

Michael Campbell (Australian)

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Michael Campbell has worked across the arts as an arts consultant and strategist, editor, writer, events manager, director and choreographer. He was the festival director for the Brisbane Writers Festival (2006-2009), and the literary events program at Gleebooks in Sydney for 4 years (2002-2005). He is a board member of Currency House, and edited Keith Bain on Movement and Keith Bain: The Principles of Movement a for Currency House and Oberon Books (UK).