Middle Grade & YA Day features a stellar lineup of contemporary authors! The day will include Davina Bell (The End of the World is Bigger Than Love), James Bradley (Ghost Species), Ursula Dubosarsky (The Word Spy and Pierre's Not There), Will Kostakis (The Monuments series), Jess Scully (Glimpses of Utopia), R.A. Spratt (The Peski Kids and Friday Barnes; Girl Detective series), Vikki Wakefield (This is How We Change the Ending) and Sean Williams (Twinmaker). It’s a relaxed environment for tweens and teens to enjoy author talks and conversations. And don’t miss the dynamic and powerful spoken-word performers in Hear Me Roar.
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R.A. Spratt is the author of The Peski Kids, Friday Barnes and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. Unlike the Peski kids, R.A. Spratt never fights with her brother, but only because she moved to Tokyo. R.A. lives in Bowral, NSW, where she has three chickens, five goldfish and a dog.
Personally, Will Kostakis is ready to catch a ball two seconds after it’s hit him in the face. Professionally, he’s thankful he’s chosen a career that requires little (if any) coordination. His first novel, Loathing Lola, was released when he was just nineteen. The Sidekicks is his third novel for young adults.
Vikki Wakefield writes realist fiction for young adults. Her work explores coming-of-age, family, class, relationships and the lives of contemporary teens. Vikki lives in Adelaide, Australia.
James Bradley is the author of five novels: Ghost Species, Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade, and a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus. His books have won or been shortlisted for a number of major Australian and international literary awards and have been widely translated.
Jess Scully is an advocate for the creative economy and the role of cities in a fair future. She is the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney: previously, Jess curated projects including Vivid Ideas and TEDxSydney, worked as a public art curator, policy advisor and magazine editor. Glimpses of Utopia is her first book.
Davina Bell is an award-winning author of books for young readers of many ages. She writes picture books (including Under the Love Umbrella and All the Ways To Be Smart), as well as junior fiction, middle-grade fiction and YA. The End of the World is Bigger Than Love is Davina’s debut YA novel.