The bleak scenarios that once existed only in fiction are becoming alarmingly more real every day, and our daily news headlines are full of stories of climate change, diminishing resources and melting icecaps. SWF Youth Curator Rameen Hayat joins speculative fiction authors Claire G. Coleman (Terra Nullius), Neal Shusterman (Dry) and Lili Wilkinson (After the Lights Go Out) to discuss the writing of environmental catastrophe, and ask what the human fallout might be when dystopian stories come true.

Supported by the City of Parramatta.

Neal Shusterman (International)

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Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 award-winning books for children, teens and adults, including The Unwind Dystology, The Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, and Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award. As a screen and TV writer, Neal has written for the Goosebumps and Animorphs TV series and wrote the Disney Channel Original Movie Pixel Perfect. His latest novel is Dry and the third book in his Arc of a Scythe series, The Toll, will be released in 2019. Neal lives in California.

Lili Wilkinson (Australian)

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Lili Wilkinson is the award-winning author of twelve YA novels, including Pink, Green Valentine and The Boundless Sublime. She established the insideadog.com.au website and the Inky Awards at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She has a PhD in Creative Writing, and lives in Melbourne. Her latest book is After the Lights Go Out.

Claire G. Coleman (Australian)

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Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the South Coast of Western Australia. Her debut novel Terra Nullius, won a Black&Write! Fellowship and a Norma K Hemming Award and has been Shortlisted for the Stella Prize and an Aurealis Award. Claire features in Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories Anthology. The Old Lie, due for release September 2019, is her second novel.

Rameen Hayat (Australian)

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Rameen Hayat Malik is a spoken word poet and Engineering/Law student at the University of Sydney who uses both art and STEM to tell her story and contribute to meaningful representation of underrepresented communities. Rameen has performed at the Sydney Writers Festival, Youth Week and has been involved in many programs including Real Talk, R.E.S.P.E.C.T program and spoken word theatre show Right Here Right Now with support from the Bankstown Poetry Slam.