Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. Leigh Bardugo is unable to attend the Sydney Writers’ Festival. 

Leigh Bardugo, the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of the Grishaverse, is the undisputed queen of young adult fantasy. Leigh is joined on stage by Piéra Forde to discuss her extraordinary success, the inspiration for her dark tales of magic and monsters, and the slow and indirect road to her first publishing deal. With a Netflix series, Shadow and Bone, set for release this year, and her debut adult fiction novel, Ninth House, described by Stephen King as the “best fantasy novel I’ve read in years…”, this is a conversation not to be missed.

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Leigh Bardugo (International)

Leigh Bardugo

Unfortunately, Leigh Bardugo will be unable to attend the Sydney Writers' Festival. 

Leigh Bardugo is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of fantasy novels and the creator of the Grishaverse (coming soon to Netflix), which spans the Shadow and Bone trilogy, the Six of Crows duology, The Language of Thorns and King of Scars – with more to come. Her short stories can be found in multiple anthologies and her other works include Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Ninth House, which is being developed for television by Amazon Studios. Leigh was born in Jerusalem, grew up in Southern California and graduated from Yale University. These days she lives and writes in Los Angeles.

Piéra Forde (Australian)

Piéra Forde

Piéra Forde is an actor and filmmaker from Brisbane. In 2011, Piéra created and starred in her first book-to-film adaptation Maximum Ride, a young-adult series written by New York Times bestselling author James Patterson. In 2019, Piéra received funding from Screen Australia to adapt the fantasy novel Nevernight by Australian author Jay Kristoff into a digital short form series. As a prominent member of the booktube community, Piéra has interviewed bestselling authors such as Sarah J. Maas, V.E. Schwab and Jay Kristoff.