Last weekend I flew down to Sydney to be reunited with Jenna and amazing blogger friends! I had the pleasure of moderating the Writing Herstory: Today’s female experience in contemporary YA panel with five amazing Aussie YA authors – Gabrielle Tozer, Sarah Ayoub, Tamar Chnorkian, Kirsty Eagar and Erin Gough.
It’s the first time I have moderated a panel before (I’ve been a part of one, but this was new) especially with so many favourite authors as a part of it so it was a nerve wracking and fun experience. More than 60+ YA lovers turned up and it was awesome seeing so many familiar faces there!
Aussie YA really leads the way when it comes to diverse experiences, and in the panel, we discussed all the serious topics when it came to writing relatable experiences for young adults. The authors spoke about their motivations behind writing about bullying, body image, the impact of social media, multi-culturalism, feminism, sex positivity and shaming, lesbian/LGBTQIA representation and starting a career as a teenager. Each of the authors were extremely passionate about diversity and the issues that they write about. They definitely incorporated their own experiences into their books and tried to write relatable stories about females for their audience. For example, Gabrielle Tozer’s books, The Intern and Faking It are about a high schooler from a small country town who moves to busy Melbourne to kick start her career, something that Gabby herself experienced when she moved from Wagga Wagga to Sydney. Tamar’s book, The Diet Starts on Monday, gives a voice to kids from different cultures living in Western Sydney. Erin’s novel, The Flywheel, explores sexuality, which was something that she mentioned struggling with when she was younger. It was such an honour to be a part of such an incredible, inspirational panel of Aussie YA authors!
Here are some photos from the panel session!
Tamar, Jeann, Sarah, Erin, Gabrielle & Kirsty
The panel begins! Photo courtesy of @
Kirsty (Summer Skin), Gabrielle (The Intern, Faking It), Sarah (Hate is Such a Strong Word, The Yearbook Committee), Tamar (The Diet Starts on Monday), Erin (The Flywheel) & Jeann
Blogger group at Kino – Jeann, Jenna, Joy, Cassie, Annie & co-blogger!
Signed books from the authors and a bookmark from Jenna!
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