Will we ever tire of the foibles and frivolities of our favourite characters in their pursuit of love? Rawah Arja (The F Team), Frances Chapman (Stars Like Us) and Jenna Guillaume (You Were Made for Me) join Youth Curator Rodah Elemam to talk troublesome love and all the things that can go wrong (or right).
Jenna Guillaume (Australian)
Jenna Guillaume is the author of YA rom-coms You Were Made For Me and What I Like About Me. She writes about pop culture, body positivity and mental health for publications such as The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC and BuzzFeed, and works on social media for brands like Netflix. Previously, she was editor-at-large at BuzzFeed and features editor at Girlfriend. When she’s not binge-watching 90s shows or cuddling her dogs, she’s working on her third YA novel and a screenplay or two.
Frances Chapman (Australian)
Frances Chapman is a novelist, playwright and screenwriter. She was born in England and spent her childhood pinballed across continents before settling near the beach in Sydney. A journalist and social researcher by trade, she now works freelance. Her work has been published in a range of online and print outlets. Stars Like Us, her first YA novel, won the Ampersand Prize and was published in 2020.
Rawah Arja (Australian)
Rawah Arja is a writer and teacher from Western Sydney. Her debut novel The F Team has been shortlisted for the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in the Writing for Young Adults category. Rawah’s writing has featured in Arab, Australian, Other, SBS Voices and the Sydney Review of Books. She has received a fellowship from WestWords Varuna Emerging Writers’ Residential Program, is a member of the Finishing School Collective of women writers, and teaches creative writing at schools and workshops.
Rodah Elemam (Australian)
Rodah Elemam is a year 12 student at Auburn Girls High School. She is a current Sydney Writers’ Festival Youth Curator. Outside of studying, Rodah can be found reading an eclectic mix of novels, completing 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles and painting the figments of her imagination!