12.30pm – 1.15pm: What is Truth?
So many times we're expected to believe that there's a simple answer to things: right or wrong. And so many times that turns out to be wrong.
Join a stellar line up of authors that write about belief, and the blurred lines between truth and morality, danger and love. Do their characters follow their heart or their head when theyneed to know the truth? We are delighted to welcome authors Irfan Master, Patrice Lawrence and Lydia Ruffles to tackle this huge question.
1.30pm – 2.15pm: Writing Gender and Identity
This is a talk about two things that are the same but different: gender and identity, and we have two writers with us that have brought a unique insight into the way we can explore these ideas through literature. We are joined by UK Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson, the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults and Rhyannon Styles, author of The New Girl: A Trans Girl Tells It Like It Is and a columnist for ELLE UK.
1pm – 1.30pm: Book Club with Ben Alderson
Join book vlogger Ben Alderson (Benjaminoftomes) for a book club chat on Flame in the Mist by New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh.
2.30pm – 3.15pm: Change Is Gonna Come
For this talk we welcome some of the authors from A Change Is Gonna Come, an anthology championing diverse voices in YA fiction, for a new voices spotlight event. Authors Aisha Bushby, Mary Bello, Yasmin Rahman and Phoebe Roy read their work, discuss their path to being included in the anthology and future plans, with Wei Ming Kam from BAME in Publishing network to chair.
3.30pm – 4pm: Deanna Rodger
We welcome international writer and performer Deanna Rodger to YALW as she brings cutting edge spoken word to the stage.
4.15pm – 5pm: Hannah Witton: Doing It
Hannah Witton takes the stage to discuss her new book Doing It, which tackles the subjects of relationships, sex, self-love, body image, and more. Hannah Witton is a sex positive vlogger and presenter with over 350,000 YouTube subscribers.
For ages 13 – 25