Book Week 2015 is done and dusted, and boy what a busy week it has been. For children and young adult authors, Book Week could be more accurately named, Book Term. It’s a crazy, busy time but so rewarding.
This year I visited schools across Melbourne, talking to secondary and primary school students about writing, reading, and my latest young adult novel, Freedom Ride. As always, the students passion, enthusiasm and creativity was inspiring. Thanks to all the gorgeous students I’ve been lucky enough to work with. I’ve returned home inspired by not only them but by the dedicated teacher librarians. What an energetic, and in some cases undervalued, group of people.
I also traveled to Frankston’s amazing Robinson’s Bookshop where, with Fiona Wood, we discussed the need for diversity in young adult fiction. I love Fiona’s writing, so was thrilled to be sharing the space with her. Not only is she a talented writer, but is an enthralling and thought provoking speaker. The panel session was part of #LoveOzYa. If you haven’t come across this passionate movement, you’ll find it on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Fiona and I shared the panel with Sam and Beau, two bright and sparkly young adults with the world at their feet. It was such a wonderful opportunity to share and listen to ideas. Thanks to Emily and the Robinson’s crew for organising such a fun and informative night.