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
Sarah Crossan (International)
Sarah Crossan is the award-winning author of the Young Adult verse novel One (winner of the Carnegie Medal, CBI Book of the Year, CLiPPA Poetry Award and YA Book Prize). Her other acclaimed verse novels include We Come Apart (co-authored with Brian Conaghan), Apple and Rain and The Weight of Water. Sarah is Irish and lives in the UK.
Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)
Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author of 11 books and is published around the world. She was a lawyer for ten years and has a Phd in Sociology on the topic of Islamophobia in Australia. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. Her latest novel, When Michael Met Mina, won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary award for Young Adults and the People's Choice award. Her novel, Does My Head Look Big in This? is being adapted as a feature film. Randa's novel Where the Streets Had A Name will be on the stage with MonkeyBaa theatre company in September 2017. Randa is keen to use her intervention into popular culture and academia to reshape dominant narratives around racism, identity and multiculturalism.
Gabrielle Williams (Australian)
Gabrielle Williams lives in Melbourne, and has three kids, one husband and a dog. In the name of research she has hidden from police while exploring the drains of Melbourne, interviewed international art thieves, and trawled Tinder. She is the author of a number of critically acclaimed YA novels, including Beatle Meets Destiny, The Reluctant Hallelujah and The Guy The Girl The Artist & His Ex. Her latest book plays with the perils of social media and is called My Life As A Hashtag.
Jennifer Niven (International)
Jennifer Niven is the Emmy Award-winning New York Times and International bestselling author of nine books, including All the Bright Places and Holding up the Universe. Her books have been translated in over 75 languages, and between them her two young adult novels have sold in over 60 territories internationally. All the Bright Places has won literary awards around the world, including the GoodReads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction of 2015. It was named a Best Book of the Year by Time Magazine, NPR, the Guardian, Publisher's Weekly, YALSA, Barnes & Noble, BuzzFeed, the New York Public Library, and others, and was the #1 Kids' Indie Next Book for Winter '14-'15. The film starring Elle Fanning is currently in pre-production, with Jennifer writing the script. Jennifer is at work on her third novel for young adults, and overseeing Germ, a literary and lifestyle web magazine for girls and boys age high school and beyond.
Will Kostakis (Australia)
Will Kostakis is an award-winning author from Sydney. After dabbling in reality TV and celebrity journalism, he now writes full time. That said, his real claims to fame are a Twitter spat with Guy Sebastian and that time a member of Destiny's Child said his name. The Sidekicks is his latest novel for young adults.