Young-adult novelist Alice Pung reflects on one of her biggest in influences – the much-loved and hugely successful writer John Marsden. In conversation with Amelia Lush, Alice considers how the pioneering author of teen fiction such as Tomorrow, When the War Began affected her own craft. In particular, she contemplates how his frank portrayal of teenage issues inspired her to write more honestly about what matters to young people, including in her novel Laurinda and the Our Australian Girl: Marly series.
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Alice Pung (Australian)
Alice Pung is an award-winning Melbourne writer, whose latest book, On John Marsden, is a meditation on her biggest literary influence. She is the author of Laurinda, Her Father’s Daughter and Unpolished Gem, and the editor of Growing Up Asian in Australia and My First Lesson. She also wrote a children’s series, Our Australian Girl.
Amelia Lush (Australian)
Amelia Lush is the manager of Better Read Than Dead in Newtown, Sydney and has been working in bookstores for nearly a decade. In 2016, she was named the Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year, and in 2014 won the Elizabeth Reilly Fellowship for Children's Bookselling.