School Days is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with their favourite authors, discover exciting new voices and be inspired in a fun, educational and interactive day.

SESSIONS:

10:00am - 10:45am WE COME APART

Sarah Crossan tells you how she came to love poetry and why you will learn to love it too! Sarah offers a behind-the-scenes look at the new verse novel she co-authored with Brian Conaghan, We Come Apart, focusing in particular on the themes of refugees and prejudice which characterise the book.

10:45am - 11.30am LYING FOR A LIVING

Gabrielle Williams spends a fair chunk of her working life telling whopping great lies and hoping people will believe her. She takes you on a journey of the greatest lies she and some of her characters have ever told, and helps you harness the power of the imagination in your lies. 

11:30am - 12:30pm Lunch Break and Book Signings

With Sarah Crossan and Gabrielle Williams

12:30pm - 1:15pm A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS

What do running a youth-led organisation, driving really fast and writing a book all have in common? They're things Yassmin Abdel-Magied likes to do with her time. Hear a little about Yassmin's story as a brown, Muslim chick who likes to do random things ... and maybe, cheekily, learn a few things along the way.

1:15pm - 2:00pm MAKING IT PERSONAL

Inspiration for both All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe came from Jennifer Niven’s real life experiences. We hear from Jennifer about transforming the struggles she’s faced into stories and how the act of writing can be liberating.

2:00pm - 2:30pm Book Signings

With Yassmin Abdel-Magied and Jennifer Niven

Sarah Crossan (International)

Sarah Crossan is the award-winning author of the Young Adult verse novel One (winner of the Carnegie Medal, CBI Book of the Year, CLiPPA Poetry Award and YA Book Prize). Her other acclaimed verse novels include We Come Apart (co-authored with Brian Conaghan), Apple and Rain and The Weight of Water. Sarah is Irish and lives in the UK.

Gabrielle Williams (Australian)

Gabrielle Williams lives in Melbourne, and has three kids, one husband and a dog. In the name of research she has hidden from police while exploring the drains of Melbourne, interviewed international art thieves, and trawled Tinder. She is the author of a number of critically acclaimed YA novels, including Beatle Meets Destiny, The Reluctant Hallelujah and The Guy The Girl The Artist & His Ex. Her latest book plays with the perils of social media and is called My Life As A Hashtag.

Yassmin Abdel-Magied (Australian)

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer, social advocate, writer and 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year. She advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Born in Sudan, Yassmin and her family arrived in Australia when she was two. At age 16, Yassmin founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation that enables young people to work together to implement positive change within their communities and internationally. She is the author of YassminÕs Story