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A Neverending Story: Fantasy Worlds
Code: 204  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Young Adult, Fiction
Sunday, May 20 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Free, no bookings
Sydney Dance 4, Pier 4/5, Hickson Road, Walsh Bay Venue & Transport Info
Scott Westerfeld, Isobelle Carmody, Justine Larbalestier, Joy Lawn (facilitator)
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From steampunk to the supernatural, from urban fantasies to dystopian futures, our love affair with speculative fiction is all-consuming.

Three authors who create imagined worlds explore our enduring fascination with fantasy and unpick the complexities of the genre. Isobelle Carmody, Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier talk to Joy Lawn.

Scott Westerfeld (Australian)

Scott Westerfeld spends his Southern Hemisphere summers in Sydney, Australia, and his Northern Hemisphere summers in New York City. He was born in Texas and has been a musician, software-game designer and ghost-writer, but writing under his own name turned out to be the most fun. He has two series, Uglies and Midnighters, which won the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Fantasy. Penguin have also published So Yesterday and Peeps. Scott's steampunk saga begins with Leviathan, continues in Behemoth and concludes with Goliath.

Isobelle Carmody (Australian)

Isobelle Carmody is Australia's most highly acclaimed author of fantasy titles for older readers. She is best known for the Obernewtyn Chronicles and for her novel The Gathering. She has also written many short stories for both children and adults. The Red Wind from The Kingdom of the Lost series won the 2011 CBCA Book of the Year Award (Younger Readers). Her most recent book is The Sending, the penultimate novel in the Obernewtyn series. Isobelle divides her time between Prague and her home on the Great Ocean Road.

Justine Larbalestier (Australian)

Justine Larbalestier is the author of the Magic or Madness trilogy, How to Ditch Your Fairy and Liar, which won the Western Australian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, among many other honours. Justine edited a scholarly collection of feminist science fiction in the twentieth century, Daughters of Earth, and is co-editor, with Holly Black, of Zombies vs Unicorns. Justine’s next book, written with Sarah Rees Brennan, is Team Human.

Joy Lawn (Australian)

Joy Lawn is fascinated by ideas and images, and how authors and artists express these with truth and originality. She reviews for The Australian, Australian Book Review and Australian Bookseller + Publisher, where she also writes a poetry column. She speaks about literature at conferences and other forums and is a literature judge. Joy’s latest book is the annual Inside the Shortlist 2012, which looks at this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia shortlisted books.

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