Sarah Crossan has a unique writing style. Her award-winning books The Weight of the Water and One are written entirely in verse. Sarah’s writing is honest, heartbreaking and undeniably original. What prompted her to write in this innovative form? And how did she manage to co-write her new novel, We Come Apart? She talks with writer and YA fiction expert Bec Kavanagh about the freedom and challenges of reaching an audience through verse.

All Day YA is a full day of Young Adult programming at Riverside Theatres Parramatta. Tickets are $15 per event or you can buy a five-event pass for $50. Make sure you register and login to your account with Riverside Theatres to be able to purchase the five-event pass. 

Supported by the City of Parramatta.

Sarah Crossan (International)

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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.

Bec Kavanagh (Australian)

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Bec Kavanagh is a Melbourne based freelance writer, reviewer and YA fiction specialist. Bec has appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival, on Radio National’s Books and Arts Daily and has judged a number of literary prizes, including for the Victorian Premier’s Award. Her work has been published by Bookseller and Publisher, Australian Book Review, Killings, and a number of education publications. She has had fiction published by Seizure and the Review of Australian Fiction. Bec is currently the Manager of the Stella Schools Program and completing a Masters of Creative Writing at Melbourne University.