YA lit fest

This Saturday at Doncaster Library there will be a whole bunch of cool YA stuff happening! Come and see Alice Pung, Rebecca Lim, Melissa Keil and me talk about ………. YA ……… stuff.

There will be food trucks and book signings and we can hang out! It’s free!

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2019

I have two very big things coming out in 2019.

The first is Highway Bodies, a book about queer teens who have to rely upon each other to survive during a zombie apocalypse. It’s set in Australia, and there are three POV characters:

  • Jojo, a non binary DORK whose town goes into lockdown when some weird things start happening at the local hospital
  • Dee, the bi drummer in a band who has gone to a house in the bush for a weekend then discovers something in town is very wrong
  • a character who is mostly unnamed until the very end, she is a trans girl who lives in rural Australia, where the zombie infection first starts out

Highway Bodies is going to come out early 2019 with Echo Publishing and you can read the short story it started out being here.

 

The second thing is Kindred, an anthology of queer #loveozya stories by queer Australian authors. The other authors are:

  • Christos Tsiolkas
  • Benjamin Law
  • Jen Wilde
  • Ellen van Neerven
  • Marlee Jane Ward
  • Claire G. Coleman
  • Erin Gough
  • Nevo Zisin
  • Omar Sakr
  • Jax Jacki Brown
  • Michael Earp

My story is set in the near-future, where sea levels have risen and everyone lives close to, around, or in the sea. Marling goes out fishing one day, but an unexpected storm pings ver boat to somewhere ve’s never been before, where they meet New, an enby who lives in a cabin in a mangrove swamp.

Kindred will be coming out mid next year with Walker Books.

IDAHOBIT, Feminist Writers Festival and Continuum

Hey folks, I am doing a few things in the next four weeks and they’re all a bit different.

On May 17 for IDAHOBIT (international day against homophobia, biphobia, intersexphobia and transphobia) me and Katherine Back (Concrete Queers) and Erin Kyan (Love and Luck Podcast) are gonna talk about zines. It’s also the launch of a free zine created by locals around the area to celebrate IDAHOBIT. It starts at 4pm and is at Eltham Library, and there’s a Facebook event too.

On May 25 I’ll be helping kick off the start of the 2018 Feminist Writers Festival. With Evelyn Araluen, Alison Croggon, Foong Ling Kong, Ann-Marie Priest and Jamila Rizvi, we’re going to talk about Australian feminist texts. It’s at LOOP Bar and it’s gonna be a great night,and you can grab a ticket here!

At the start of June, I am one of the Guests of Honour (very fancy) at Continuum Convention. The program is yet to be announced but I know we’re gonna be talking about spec fic all long weekend so if that is your jam, consider coming along. You can check out their website here.

 

Aurealis awards

Ida has been shortlisted in the Aurealis awards!! (update from last post, Ida won the People’s Choice award at the Vic Prems awards!)

Alongside some of my fricken fav books, too!!!

The other shortlistees are:

In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black
Frogkisser! by Garth Nix
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
Psynode by Marlee Jane Ward
The Undercurrent by Paula Weston

HOW COOL IS IT

emerging writers festival + continuum con

hey friends, I’m doing some things soon and it’d be real nice if people came. First up is Continuum 13, a fan-run convention for all things nerdy and SFF.

It goes for four days, 9-12 of June. I’ll be there on the 11&12th, on Sunday I’ll be doing a panel about how pronouns other than he and she are used in spec fic. It’s gonna be great. On Monday I’m doing two panels, one on ZINES and another on queers in space. I mean. My favourite things. I’m super thrilled??!??!

For Emerging Writers fest I am doing a couple of things. The first is part of the YA Masterclass on the 15th. Look!!! at!!! my!!! company!!!!! I’m doing a session in the morning about the ~hows and whys~ of YA fiction. (The why is because it’s fucken GREAT)

And on the 17th, it’s school formal time babey!!!! (Again, look @ my company????!) We’re all going to read out some letters to our teenage selves and it’s going to be really embarassing and fun. Pls come and dance with us!

reading matters

The Centre for Youth Literature run a conference called Reading Matters, which is all about children’s literature. It’s a biannual conference and it ran over the past four days. I was invited to speak there and it was The Best. (I could only attend on the Friday, which makes me eternally sad).

There were SO MANY cool people there and I had a blast, so here’s some word vomit.

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