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.

The Blue Mountains Program at Varuna
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Two day pass $100 (29 and 30 May)
Single session $20/$15  

Presented with Varuna the National Writers’ House and in partnership with WestWords.

James Bradley (Australian)

James Bradley

James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade; a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus; and the anthology, The Penguin Book of the Ocean. In 2012, he won the Pascall Prize for Australia’s Critic of the Year. His most recent novel is Ghost Species.

Michael Campbell (Australian)

Michael Campbell

Michael Campbell is the Executive Director of WestWords, Western Sydney’s Literature Development Organisation. Prior to this role he has variously been a Festival Director (Brisbane Writers Festival), director of opera and theatre (working with many of Sydney’s major theatre companies and Opera Australia), producer, events manager, TV presenter, choreographer and principal dancer in both ballet and contemporary/tanztheater companies in Australia and Germany. He writes predominantly for performance, co-wrote multi-Helpmann Award nominated opera Madeline, produced by Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House and State Opera of South Australia. He also wrote Keith Bain’s Principles of Movement.