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 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)
Randa Abdel-Fattah is a prominent Palestinian Egyptian Muslim writer, former lawyer, anti-racism advocate and Islamophobia scholar. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Macquarie University researching the generational impact of the war on terror on Muslim and non-Muslim youth. Randa’s books include Coming of Age in the War on Terror, Islamophobia and Everyday Multiculturalism. Randa is the multi-award-winning author of 11 novels published in over 20 countries, including multiple translations and stage productions in the US and Australia.
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.