NSW Writer's Centre 'Writing for Children and Young Adults' Day
The Day happens Saturday week (22 July), and I will be there, on a panel with Sue Murray, Ian Irvine and Sophie Masson: 'Sex, Language and "Issues" in Books for Young Adults'. Personally, I don't think there's much of a problem putting anything in a book; books are so easily controllable by adults, and so easily put-downable by young people. It's the sex, language and 'issues' in movies, on TV and in real life that require coping mechanisms, or intervention by guardians. I'm hoping Sue, Ian and Sophie will disagree strenuously with me on this so we can have a real knock-down, drag-out fight that will live on as a high point in the history of NSW Writers' Centre festival days.
There will also be panels on do's and don'ts; series fiction; historical fiction; award-winning books; writing careers; picture books, their creation and marketing.
And three books will be launched: Jim Roy's The S Word (psst! it's s-e-x), Kathy Helidoniotis' Totally Horse Mad and Jeni Mawter's Unleashed!
It'll all be good fun, and it's dead cheap: $15 for Centre members, $20 for blow-ins. Go here to book your ticket.