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Secondary School Days: Parramatta
Code: SR35  |  Type: School Days   |  Genres: Young Adult, Fiction
Tuesday, May 22 2012 9:40 AM - 2:30 PM Ticketed: $20
Riverside Theatres, Parramatta, Corner of Church and Market Streets, Parramatta Venue & Transport Info
J. C. Burke, Lucy Christopher, Eoin Colfer, Mal Peet, Vikki Wakefield, Judith Ridge (facilitator)
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A celebration of books and writing for students aged 13+ featuring a superb line-up of some of the best local and international young adult writers, with JC Burke, Lucy Christopher, Eoin Colfer, Mal Peet and Vikki Wakefield.

The writers will talk about their craft, read from their work and take questions from the audience. Students also have the chance to meet the writers and have their books signed.

With MC Judith Ridge.

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J. C. Burke (Australian)

J.C. Burke was born in Sydney in 1965. With writers for parents, she grew up in a world of noise, drama and books but decided to become a nurse after her mother lost a long battle with cancer. Since 2000 Burke has published a number of acclaimed books for young adults including Pig Boy, Faking Sweet, The Red Cardigan and The Story of Tom Brennan, which won the 2006 CBCA Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and is on the NSW HSC syllabus.
 jcburke.com.au

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Lucy Christopher (International)

Lucy Christopher grew up in Australia but now works at Bath Spa University in the UK, where Stolen was part of her PhD in Creative Writing. Stolen won the Branford Boase Award and the Gold Inky Award. It received a Michael L. Printz Honor Award and was shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Award (Older Readers). Both of Lucy’s novels have been shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Flyaway was also shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award.

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Mal Peet (International)

Mal Peet has established himself as a strong and distinctive voice in young-adult fiction. His first novel, Keeper, won the Branford Boase Award and the Bronze Nestlé Children’s Book Award; Tamar won the Carnegie Medal; and Exposure was the 2009 winner of The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Mal’s latest novel is Life: An exploded diagram. As well as his young-adult novels, Mal has produced many books for children, most of them in collaboration with his wife, Elspeth Graham.
 malpeet.com

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Vikki Wakefield (Australian)

Vikki Wakefield is the author of the highly acclaimed debut All I Ever Wanted. Vikki worked in banking, journalism, communications and graphic design before enrolling in TAFE’s Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) in 2009. Her articles have since been published in Australia and overseas and she is an award-winning short-story writer. Vikki lives with her family in the Adelaide foothills. She writes late at night and vividly remembers the young-adult novels she read by torchlight until the pages were see-through.

 vikkiwakefield.com

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Judith Ridge (Australian)

Judith Ridge is an internationally recognised specialist in children’s and youth literature. She has been an English teacher, editor, writer, critic and teacher of children’s literature and creative writing. She is currently the project officer for WestWords - the Western Sydney Young People’s Literature Development Project. Judith is a Churchill Fellow and has a master’s in children’s literature.
 westwords.com.au

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Eoin Colfer (International)

Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. He began writing plays at an early age and now writes for both children and adults. {Artemis Fowl}, his first book featuring the brilliant young antihero, was an immediate international bestseller and won several prestigious awards. It was followed by The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, The Time Paradox and The Atlantis Complex. The Last Guardian will be the final book in the series.

Supported by Culture Ireland.



Supported by Culture Ireland.

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