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 WHEN MICHAEL MET MINA

While attending an anti-refugee rally for her research on racism and Islamophobia, the idea for a book came to Randa Abdel-Fattah. Hear about the people and stories that inspired her award-winning novel When Michael Met Mina.

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 Randa Abdel-Fattah and Jennifer Niven

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)

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Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author of 11 books and is published around the world. She was a lawyer for ten years and has a Phd in Sociology on the topic of Islamophobia in Australia. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University. Her latest novel, When Michael Met Mina, won the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary award for Young Adults and the People's Choice award. Her novel, Does My Head Look Big in This? is being adapted as a feature film. Randa's novel Where the Streets Had A Name will be on the stage with MonkeyBaa theatre company in September 2017. Randa is keen to use her intervention into popular culture and academia to reshape dominant narratives around racism, identity and multiculturalism.

Will Kostakis (Australian)

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Will Kostakis is an award-winning author from Sydney. After dabbling in reality TV and celebrity journalism, he now writes full time. That said, his real claims to fame are a Twitter spat with Guy Sebastian and that time a member of Destiny's Child said his name. The Sidekicks is his latest novel for young adults.