In case you’ve been hitting the books too hard lately and haven’t heard, this year the Sydney Writers’ Festival’s Young Adult (YA) literature program will have its very own festival venue, All Day YA at Parramatta’s Riverside Theatres on Saturday May 27.
As part of the festival weekend, lovers of YA fiction will find an entire precinct dedicated to the celebration of the best in youth literature hosted by the festival’s YA Ambassador Catriona Feeney (aka vlogger Little Book Owl) and supported by the City of Parramatta. In between literary events, YA fans will be able to mingle in the theatre courtyard space, which will have Gleebooks, food trucks, a photo booth, music and more, in true festival style!
The 2017 YA program is bringing the best of YA international superstars as well as our own Australian heroes. From one-on-one conversations to panel discussions featuring both beloved authors and emerging voices, this year’s program tackles everything from diversity in YA fiction to how female writers are defying stereotypes. The festival opens with #LoveOzYA stars Will Kostakis, Danielle Binks, Gabrielle Tozer, and Jaclyn Moriarty celebrating Oz YA in a special session on their anthology Begin, End, Begin. International guests include: Jennifer Niven whose first YA novel All the Bright Places is set to hit the big screen in 2018; author of the new DC Comics She-Hulk series and cutting-edge graphic novel This One Summer, Mariko Tamaki; insta-poet, multimedia artist and feminist activist Rupi Kaur on her journey to critical acclaim with her self-published poetry collection and New York Times bestseller, milk and honey; and bestselling author of One and Apple and Rain Sarah Crossan on the art of verse. Australian favourites include: writer Garth Nix of Sabriel and Frogkisser! fame, Illuminae and Gemina co-author Amie Kaufman, critic and novelist James Bradley and fantasy writer Lynette Noni who will all talk about creating characters across a series.
TeenCon returns this year with the inside scoop on publishing YA fiction, along with quizzes, competitions and prizes to be won. There’s also a Real Talk showcase of some of the freshest, newest voices of writing today with Western Sydney school students performing their award-winning spoken word poetry, hosted by Sara Mansour from Bankstown Poetry Slam.
Tickets cost $15 per event or $50 for a five-event pass. Bookings 02 8839 3399,www.riversideparramatta.com.au
For more details check out the All Day YA program which can also be found on the SWF website.