Young adult books in fo­cus


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

HAMIL­TON Hill’s Deb Fitz­patrick will join some of the coun­try’s big­gest au­thors in Fre­man­tle next week to dis­cuss the im­por­tance of lit­er­a­ture for young adults.

Ms Fitz­patrick will be along­side the likes of Markus Zusak, Libby Hathorn, James Moloney and Dianne Touchell at The Lit­er­a­ture Cen­tre’s an­nual Cel­e­brate Read­ing Na­tional Con­fer­ence, which this year will fo­cus on how to pro­vide qual­ity lit­er­a­ture for young adults.

She said she was look­ing for­ward to her pre­sen­ta­tion and work­ing along­side the other writ­ers.

“I’ll be talk­ing about fic­tion­al­is­ing real events in writ­ing, as I’ve done in sev­eral of my books, specif­i­cally The Break, which fic­tion­ally ex­plores the Grace­town cliff col­lapse of 1996, and The Amaz­ing Spencer Gray, which I wrote af­ter hear­ing about a ter­ri­ble glid­ing ac­ci­dent in the Stir­ling Range,” she said.

“It’s so ex­cit­ing hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to sit down with other au­thors and hear their ap­proaches (and) their so­lu­tions to cre­ative prob­lems.

“And be­ing sur­rounded by read­ers is so lovely.”

The con­fer­ence is in Fre­man­tle on Oc­to­ber 28 and 29. Visit www.the lit­cen­ for more in­for­ma­tion.


Leah Firth, Sacha Bur­bridge, Les­ley Reece, Mar­garet Ea­ton, Mailee Clarke, Kath Wisken and Ni­cole Clarke.

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