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

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.

Randa Abdel-Fattah (Australian)

Randa Abdel-Fattah

Randa Abdel-Fattah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University where she is researching the generational impact of the war on terror on Muslim and non-Muslim youth born into a post 9/11 world. She is a prominent Australian Palestinian advocate and a multi-award winning author of 11 books whose young adult and children’s books are published in more than 16 countries. Randa was recently nominated for Sweden's Astrid Lindgren Award, the world's biggest children's literature award. Her novels have been adapted to the stage in America and Australia and her debut novel Does My Head Look Big In This? is currently in development as a feature film.

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.