The Secondary School Days program is a fantastic opportunity for students to meet some of the world’s most exciting authors, thinkers and storytellers, discover new voices, have a book autographed, and be inspired by the world of literature and ideas.
10.AM: HOW TO MAKE FUNNY HAPPEN
Jesse Andrews writes books and characters that make readers laugh out loud and embarrass themselves on public transport. Join the author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Haters and Munmun as he shares his secrets to being funny on the page.
10.45AM: FACING YOUR MONSTERS
Alison Croggon believes that fantasy isn’t only about escapism – it’s also about facing our own monsters. We all have them hiding inside us: our fears, our desires, memories that we wish would go away, and realities that are hard to deal with. Find out how you can use writing as a way to bring monsters out of the dark – and face them head on.
11.30AM Lunch Break and Book Signings
With Jesse Andrews and Alison Croggon
(We recommend students bring their own lunch.)
12.30PM: STORIES ARE WILD CREATURES
Bestselling YA author Patrick Ness reveals the inspiration behind his darkly complex books, including the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls and his latest and most personal novel, Release. Patrick talks to Will Kostakis about what it’s like to work as a screenwriter and how he feels seeing his work turn into major motion pictures.
1.15PM: KEEPING IT REAL
Kirsty Eagar describes how her latest novel, Summer Skin, started as a protest against ‘Snow White storytelling’, and why, when it comes to characters, she’ll take the real over a role model any day. She shares the things she learned while researching the novel that will completely transform your writing.
2pm Finish and Book Signings
With Kirsty Eagar and Patrick Ness
Jesse Andrews (International)
Jesse Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Haters. He also wrote the film adaptation Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
Alison Croggon (Australian)
Alison Croggon is the award-winning author of the fantasy series The Books of Pellinor, which have sold half a million copies worldwide. Her other novels include: The River and the Book and Black Spring; and the science fiction dystopian novel Fleshers; which she co-wrote with her husband Daniel Keene.
Patrick Ness (International)
Patrick Ness is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Chaos Walking trilogy and the critically-acclaimed novels A Monster Calls, The Rest of Us Just Live Here and Release. He has won every major prize in children’s fiction, including the Carnegie Medal twice. He’s also written the screenplay for the film of A Monster Calls, now a major motion picture.
Will Kostakis (Australian)
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.