All You Need to Know about All Day YA

All You Need to Know about All Day YA

Meet Rem! LoveOzYA’s Teen Rep for Sydney Writers’ Festival All Day YA Event!

“Hello! My name is Rem, I’m 16 and I feel eternally contradicted about the beauty of owning paperbacks and healing the environment. My cat and dog have a lot to say on the matter too.”

Rem will be joined by committee member Joe Visser (Teen Rep) at All Day YA. Armed with cameras, notepads and snacks, our reps will be bringing you all the goods from the day. Follow the live-action on Twitter (@loveozya) and Instagram (@loveozya) and keep an eye on the LoveOzYA Blog ( after the event for words of wisdom and lessons learned from some of our favourite LoveOzYA authors such as Alicia Tuckerman, Will Kostakis, Sarah Ayoub, Jay Kristoff and Randa Abdel-Fattah.

Heading along yourself? Not sure how to plan your day? Here’s the low down.

When: May 5th, 2018.
Where: Riverside Theatres, Lennox Theatre
Corner of Church and Market Streets

Tickets available from Sydney Writers’ Festival.
All Day YA runs simultaneous events across two theatres (located next to each other). This means it’s impossible to make it to everything. Trouble deciding? Check out our side-by-side comparisons below.

10.00am – 11.00am

From the Sidelines: Youth Curator Rameen Hayat speaks to Tamar Chnorhokian, Sarah Ayoub, Michael Mohammed Ahmad and Patrick Ness about diversity and tokenism in YA fiction.

11.30am – 12.30pm

Burn the Burn Book: Real Girls in YA: Alicia Tuckerman, Rebecca Lim, Jenna Guillaume and Tara Eglington in conversation with Youth Curator Kellie Phan. They talk about how to write believable female protagonists without resorting to simplistic stereotypes and how they’ve each portrayed the joys, cruelties and triumphs of the teenage experience in their own work.

Writing for YA Books and Film:Join acclaimed authors Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking and A Monster Calls), Will Kostakis and Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as they describe the creative writing process and adapting their stories for film.

1.30pm – 2.30pm

The Personal is Political: In this panel, authors Kirsty Eagar, Randa Abdel-Fattah and Alice Pung offer personal testimony on the politics that affect them. Their testimonies are followed by a panel discussion on the ways marginalised voices are silenced, hosted by Bec Kavanagh.

Architects of New Worlds: Adele Walsh discovers how real-life concerns have influenced Jesse Andrews, an acclaimed novelist and screenwriter; Cally Black, who writes genre-smashing YA sci-fi; Claire G. Coleman, whose debut novel explores a future Australia that is colonised again; and Jay Kristoff, a bestselling fantasy and sci-fi author.

3.00pm – 4.00pm

Bringing Imaginary Worlds to Life: From YA to fantasy to sci-fi, illustrators are frequently asked to create wildly imaginary worlds for the page. But how exactly does someone draw a realm they can never visit? In this session, renowned illustrators discuss this question, explain how to draw a fantasy-world map and show examples of their previous work.

#poetrydebate: Who Takes the Crown: Two of the Festival’s most electrifying poets go head to head in the ultimate poetry showdown. Evelyn Araluen squares off against award–winning Millefiori author and rapper Omar Musa to debate all things poetry.

4.30pm – 5.30/6.00pm

The Future of Writing: Three celebrated writers – Tonya Alexandra, Alison Croggon and Jay Kristoff – sit down with YA author Jenna Guillaume for a fascinating discussion about how technology is reshaping writers’ lives and how it has influenced their careers.

TeenCon 2018: Are you after the inside scoop on the most exciting YA releases? Then don’t miss TeenCon 2018. Hosted by author Will Kostakis, publishers will dish trade secrets about their hottest titles, as well as sneak peeks of forthcoming books and covers. Plus, there’s a book giveaway, impromptu competitions and audience participation, including the opportunity to describe what genre switch you would make to your favourite YA novel.


The Rumble (Free): Check out the freshest young performing writers as they battle it out to be named Rumble Slam Champion 2018.

Don’t forget to tag #loveozya, #alldayya and #sydneywritersfestival on the day.

Many thanks to Sydney Writers’ Festival for sponsoring our LoveOzYA Teen Reps!



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