recent news and the stella prize schools program nsw launch

stella prize schools program launchI can’t believe it’s almost September! The last few months have been busy. At the end of May I was privileged to be a part of the Reading Matters Conference, where I met a whole bunch of fabulous people including the great folk at the Centre for Youth Literature (if you don’t know about them already I recommend you check them out). I also met some amazing authors, local and international, and was lucky enough to speak on panels with Clare Atkins, Priya Kuriyan, Sean Williams and Jared Thomas.

In June I visited PFLAG Western Sydney to talk about The Flywheel. Those PFLAG-ers – what a bunch of legends.

In July I was invited to be writer in residence at Inside A Dog, where I blogged about diversity in YA fiction, writing great characters, making great sandwiches and cats who give birth to chihuahuas, among other things: you can check out my posts here.

Earlier this month I chatted to Neil Phipps at Eastside Radio about The Flywheel and gay YA.

Next month the fun continues. I am very pleased to be part of the celebrations at the launch of the Stella Prize Schools Program in NSW. Authors Randa Abdel-Fattah, JC Burke, Emily Maguire and I will be discussing the ways unconscious bias affected our teenage reading habits, and how our books seek to address contemporary issues around gender and diversity. The panel will be moderated by Stella Prize Schools Coordinator Bec Kavanagh, and followed by book signings and refreshments.

Do join us!

Where: Sydney Story Factory, 176 Redfern Street, Redfern NSW 2016
When: 5:30–7:30pm, Wednesday 9 September
Cost: Free
RSVP: schools@thestellaprize.com.au