When grief interrupts growing up, life becomes even harder to figure out. A missing sibling, losing your job, spilled secrets online – #LoveOzYA authors Alex Dyson (When It Drops), Lisa Fuller (Ghost Bird) and Kay Kerr (Please Don’t Hug Me) join UNSW’s Rebecca Hamilton to discuss their debut novels which explore interrupted plans, resilient families, and the trials and tribulations of growing up when the worst thing that can happen to you … happens.

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Kay Kerr (Australian)

Kay Kerr

Kay Kerr is a former journalist and community newspaper editor from Brisbane, now living on the Sunshine Coast and working as a freelance writer. Her work can be found at Peppermint Magazine, Daily Life, Organic Gardener and Broadsheet. Kay was writing the first draft of Please Don't Hug Me when she received her autism-spectrum diagnosis.

Alex Dyson (Australian)

Alex Dyson

At the age of 21, Alex Dyson set his alarm for 4:15am and didn't change it for 7 years after landing a job as host of Breakfast on triple j. After thousands of shows, hundreds of interviews, and a rave or two, he finished up to pursue other interests, most notably running for Federal Parliament in 2019, and utilising his Creative Writing degree from Melbourne University to pen his first novel When It Drops, due for release April 2020.

Lisa Fuller (Australian)

Lisa Fuller

Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman from Eidsvold, Queensland, and is also descended from Gooreng Gooreng and Wakka Wakka peoples. She has won a 2019 black&write! Writing Fellowship, the 2017 David Unaipon Award for an Unpublished Indigenous Writer, the 2018 Varuna Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship, and a 2018 Copyright Agency Fellowships for First Nations Writers. Lisa is currently doing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Canberra. Her first book, Ghost Bird, was released in 2019.

Rebecca Hamilton (Australian)

Rebecca Hamilton

Rebecca Hamilton is a lover of YA fan and an editor with eight years' experience in publishing, working across a range of titles, both in-house and freelance. Some of the more recent titles she has worked on include All That Impossible Space by Anna Morgan, Being Black 'n Chicken & Chips by Matt Okine and Woo's Wonderful World of Maths by Eddie Woo. She is also currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Practice at UNSW.