places i’ll be

Fitzroy Writers Festival
Saturday 6 April
Australian Young Adult Fiction: Gender Diversity and Dystopian Futures
Young Adult (YA) fiction is one of our fastest growing literary genres. It is estimated that over half of YA readers are adults who are drawn to complex and sometimes dark themes presented in a compelling and accessible way. For this session we present two younger award-winning Australian authors, Alison Evans and Marlee Jane Ward. Both are winners of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and both have released powerful follow-up novels. They talk about their work in relation to their themes, gender diverse YA characters and dystopian futures, with short readings from their books included. [tickets]

Sydney Writers Festival
Friday 3 May
The Shipping News: Why Fanfiction Matters
Fan fiction is where many YA writers cut their teeth and develop their craft. Alison Evans, Mackenzi Lee and Lili Wilkinson speak to Maria Lewis about how they came to love the expansive world of fan fiction, and dish on their ‘headcanons’, OTPs and favourite ‘fics’. After the panel, join the authors in a fanfic speed-writing workshop and – if you’re game – share your writing at the open-mic event closing the evening. [tickets]
SWF All Day YA – 4 May
Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories
Join some of Australia’s most exciting established and up-and-coming LGBTQIA+ writers for the launch of Kindred, a groundbreaking collection of YA short stories. Offering exclusive access to Kindred a month before you’ll find it in bookshops, editor Michael Earp and contributors Omar Sakr, Claire G. Coleman, Alison Evans, Erin Gough and Jax Jacki Brown reflect on this powerful collection that gives voice to, and celebrates the lives of, characters across the gender and sexuality spectrums. [tickets]
To All the Fandoms I’ve Loved Before
Some of the Festival’s finest authors share heartfelt and humorous love letters to the fandoms they have been a part of. Highlighting the shared love and joy that comes from a passionate community, these six stories will take us on a journey through books, TV shows, films and video games. Hosted by Maria Lewis and featuring Dhonielle Clayton, Mackenzi Lee, Alison Evans, Michael Earp, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Jenna Guillaume. [tickets]