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.

SESSIONS:

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 WHEN MICHAEL MET MINA

While attending an anti-refugee rally for her research on racism and Islamophobia, the idea for a book came to Randa Abdel-Fattah. Hear about the people and stories that inspired her award-winning novel When Michael Met Mina.

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 Randa Abdel-Fattah and Jennifer Niven

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)

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Randa is the multi-award winning author of 11 books whose Young Adult and children’s works are published in over fifteen countries. Her debut novel Does My Head Look Big In This is currently being adapted as a feature film and her books have been adapted to the stage. Randa is also a postdoctoral research fellow at Macquarie University where she is undertaking a project comparing the generational impact of the war on terror on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world.

Will Kostakis (Australian)

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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.