I’ve got three things coming up in the next two months: the Abbotsleigh Literary Festival (10 August), an event at Kinokuniya with four other esteemed ladies of YA (Sarah Ayoub, Erin Gough, Gabby Tozer and Jeann from Happy Indulgence) and the Brisbane Writers’ Festival (10 and 11 September).
Please come along to one, or to all. You’re the apple of my eye and I’d love to see you there.
Full details below:
Writing Herstory: Today’s female experience in contemporary YA
Saturday 20 August 2pm-3pm
Panel | Sarah Ayoub, Erin Gough, Gabrielle Tozer and Kirsty Eagar – hosted by Jeann from Happy Indulgence
Venue: Kinokuniya, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney 2000
Saturday 10 September, 2016
Kirsty Eagar’s Summer Skin (an ‘In Conversation’ with Stacey Clair)
Venue: QAG LECTURE THEATRETo book
50 Shades took the world by storm. Now meet three women, Emily Harris, Karen Pickering and Kirsty Eagar who are busy positioning sex in a positive light.
Venue: QM THEATRETo book
Sunday 11 September, 2016
BWF’s beloved reading series is back! Immerse yourself in the work of some truly remarkable writers as they share their writing in this beautiful and intimate riverside space. Seating in The Red Box is limited and unreserved, so get in early on the day to see your favourite Festival artists.For more info
Okay, so that’s the hardest post title I have ever written. But, deconstructed, it means that this Sunday 5th June, on the OzYAY! segment of Rhianna Patrick’s ABC LOCAL program, Summer Skin is being discussed, along with Jaclyn Moriarty’s A Tangle of Gold (7pm to 8pm AEST). Jaci and I will be interviewed about our books during the segment, and they will be discussed by OzYAY! regulars Sarah Mayor Cox and Jeann Wong. BUT! Things get interactive afterwards, because you can ask Jaci and I questions from 8pm onwards at Rhianna Patrick’s Facebook page. (I’m sorry, I know that grammatically that whole paragraph sucks.)
If you miss it, it’ll be up on Rhianna’s Soundcloud page afterwards. I’ll post the link.
Hello! Sydney’s become horribly cold over the last few days (I’m not actually whinging – this is after the most lenient Autumn ever, AND the water is still warm enough for a springsuit …) but I’ve got a trip to the Sunshine Coast to look forward to, as one of the authors appearing at the VOICES ON THE COAST LITERARY FESTIVAL. Those of you who’ve been to Voices know what a fantastic event it is. Details below.
Monday 6 June, 2016
9.15 – 10.15am
Storytelling through scenes (Workshop) (Year 10-12)
Social Media and Romance (Year 10-12)
Girl Meets Boy & they hate each other! (Year 10-12)
Tuesday 7 June 2016
Social Media and Romance (Year 10-12)
How often are young women constrained by their gender? What if they had the confidence to speak (or write) up against derisive and discriminatory language?
Okay, I feel so strongly about this. I’m fiercely proud to be a part of this program. The details of my session are below. But please take a look at the program and tell me that that isn’t the most exciting line-up of speakers and workshops and panels you’ve ever seen (Clementine Ford. Emily Maguire. These women are my SUPER HEROES). I can’t wait. I want to go to everything. I want the world to change. I want YOU to find your VOICE. Please come.
Tuesday 21 June 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
The Radical Act of Writing Women
Type: Panel | Kirsty Eagar, Emily Maguire, Fiona Wright – hosted by Bec Kavanagh
Are women’s stories for women only? Writing about women can be a radical act against the male-dominated literary canon. These three artists will each present a 5–10 minute piece that demonstrates how this is true for them. This will be followed by a short panel discussion.
Hey, I’ll be on a panel at the Sydney Writer’s Festival, at least until security finds out…
It promises to be a massive day, with YA enjoying a vastly expanded share in the program. Hope to see you there :)
Hey! You! Rock steady crew. Show us what you do, make a break, make a … Oh, sorry. That’s called “Lyrics Tourette’s”. I have it. Probably not even a rare condition.
So, anyway, because you are a super important person to me – that is, MY READER – I’m inviting you to three things – all of them connected to the launch of SUMMER SKIN. I’ve never had a proper book launch before, even though this is my fourth book. But thanks to Justine Larbalestier and Ellie Marney (with regard to the first two events) and Libby Armstrong (with regard to the third) there is indeed a bit of launching going on this time around.
1. SEX AND PSYCHOPATHS – AN ‘IN CONVERSATION’ WITH JUSTINE LARBALESTIER Thursday 4 Feb, 6.30pm, Kinokuniya Books, Sydney City (click here for more details)
2. ELLIE MARNEY LAUNCHING JUSTINE LARBALESTIER’S MY SISTER ROSA AND SUMMER SKIN (THAT’S ME) IN MELBOURNE: Wednesday 10 Feb, 6.30pm, Readings Carlton, Melbourne (click here for more details)
3. THE LAUNCH OF BEACHSIDE BOOKSHOP – A NEW BOOKSTORE IN AVALON, SYDNEY, THAT SPECIALISES IN CHILDREN’S AND YA LITERATURE (PLUS A BIT OF A TALK ABOUT SUMMER SKIN): Thursday 18 Feb, 6.30pm, The Sneaky Grind, Avalon, Sydney (click here for more details)
P.S. If you are in Sydney feel encouraged to come to both events. You won’t want to miss Justine talking about My Sister Rosa – this book thrilled me in the same way that her earlier novel Liar thrilled me and then some – it’s even more ambitious and she has worked so very hard that she’s pulled it off. You’ll come away from the evening with your brain stimulated – and a book that you will not be able to put down.
The event for the opening of Beachside Bookshop will be a different animal entirely and also a night you’ll enjoy. Libby Armstrong, the proprietoress, has taken big risks to pull off her dream of backing YA. I can’t wait to get her talking about why she believes in it so much. Added bonus – some of my surfing friends are coming, so you are assured of a badly behaved crowd. That always makes things interesting.
P.P.S. If you’re in Melbourne, I really hope to see you, because I don’t get down there very often and I know you’ve been really good to me (remember, I’m from Queensland, so I am completely not involved in the Sydney/Melbourne stand off). I love Melbourne. I love Melbourne’s YA crew – and several of them will be there, so if you’re an uber fan you can stalk them all night long. The cherry on top is we’ve got Ellie Marney launching us. I read the Every series recently, and it BLEW. ME. AWAY. Now, I totally flame in wind or rain – or at least I did when I was reading about Mycroft and Watts. Hot. Hot. Hot.
P.P.P.S. Why dominoes? If you come along to one of the above, you can ask me then and I’ll tell you.
I had to shout the RADIO bit, because I really like RADIO. Remains to be seen whether RADIO really likes me – in fact, you can be the judge.
I’m talking THE Alex Tighe at 7AM, this Wednesday morning (that’s the 14th of October) on SURG FM as part of their marathon charity broadcast. We will probably discuss eyebrows – chiefly his, soon to be dearly departed, because as part of the deal when they reach a certain sum he’s getting rid of one.
Anyway! Listen in, or even better, donate to headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation, or both!!!!
Guess what? I’m going out again. Yes, I know. That’s like two events in two months!
Anyway, if you are Newcastle inclined, and I most certainly am because I’ve been wanting to get to know Newcastle better for ages, come and celebrate with Trinity Doyle as her book, PIECES OF SKY, hatches and goes out into the world. I will be launching it, and she and I have been very gangster about the whole thing and not sensible AT ALL, so I hope she doesn’t regret asking me.
(Also, if you are not going to be able to make it, you will get to enjoy Trin’s post for the Where The Magic Happens series on that very same day, 30th of May, right here.)
Her book is on my mantelpiece as we speak, looking special:
Nearly put an exclamation mark in that title because as we all know I don’t get out much and this is an Upcoming Event!
On Thursday evening, 16th April, I’ll be at the NSW Writers’ Centre talking about writing, specifically, writing about water, along with Pip Newling and Ian Hoskins, with the event being chaired by Lex Hirst.
I’ll share more details closer to the date, but if you want to know more in the meantime, please check out the NSW Writers’ Centre’s page here.