Who’s excited for the Sydney Writers’ Festival? I know I am and this year, All Day YA is on Saturday 27th May at Parramatta Riverside Theatres. There will be 10 events during the day, featuring a wide range of local and international YA authors. Tickets to each event is $15, or you can purchase a five-event pass for $50. Thanks to SWF, we are so happy to be giving away all day passes to TWO winners. Each all day pass will grant you entry to 5 of the events during the day (as some of them run concurrently).
Jeann and I at All Day YA last year!
Let’s take a look at the All Day YA events this year (check out the Sydney Writers’ Festival website for other events).
Love OZ YA Anthology: Begin, End, Begin
This event celebrates the release of Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology, edited by Danielle Binks. Danielle, along with a panel of authors who have contributed to the anthology will discuss the importance of #LoveOzYA, supporting local authors and how the anthology came to be.
Writing in Verse: Sarah Crossan in Conversation
I absolutely love Sarah Crossan and her verse books never fail to make me an emotional mess. She’s masterful with her free verse and she’ll be discussing her writing style and how to reach an audience through verse.
Expressing Herself: The Brilliant Life of Rupi Kaur
You might have read Milk and Honey last year when it was the poetry collection of the moment, and what a great poetry collection it was. Rupi Kaur will be here talking about expressing herself through poetry and other creative mediums.
Keeping Company: Characters Across a Series
Join our fantastic panel of James Bradley, Amie Kaufman, Garth Nix, Lynette Noni, and the Little Book Owl (Catriona) herself in a discussion about our favourite characters and the challenges in taking them across multiple books.
Mariko Tamaki Talks the Talk
Canadian, Mariko Tamaki, will be in conversation with author, Maria Lewis, about the importance of dialogue, and how it can create interesting and unique characters.
More Than Meets the Eye: Diversity in YA Fiction
Diversity is an important topic in YA today and a lovely panel consisting of Sarah Ayoub, Erin Gough, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Will Kostakis, will discuss exactly why diversity is so important and why characters should be real.
Defying Expectations: How Do Female Writers Defy Stereotypes?
Amie Kaufman, Mariko Tamaki, J.C. Burke and Bec Kavanagh get together to talk about gender stereotypes that female authors face and the future of women in YA.
Talking Tough Topics with Jennifer Niven
If you’ve read either of Jennifer Niven’s novels, you’ll know that she doesn’t hold back when it comes to the topics that she discusses. Here, she’ll talk about how to translate real-life issues and struggles into fiction.
TeenCon is once again hosted by Will Kostakis and will feature a showcase of the upcoming YA releases from all of the major publishing houses in Australia. There will be competitions and prizes up for grabs during the event.
Fresh Voices from Western Sydney: A Showcase of Real Talk
Real Talk is a spoken word poetry program and high school students from Western Sydney will perform original spoken word poetry during this event. It will be a great opportunity to support some young and up and coming poets!
Now for the really exciting part…
- Two winners will each win an all-day (five-event) pass to All Day YA.
- The giveaway will end in one week, at 11:59pm on Friday 19th May.
- Giveaway winners will be drawn at random through Rafflecopter and the winners will be alerted via email. We will also send the winners’ email addresses to the Sydney Writers’ Festival publicity team, who will be in contact with regards to how to claim your passes.
- No giveaway accounts and no cheating! We will be checking all entries.