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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Melbourne Writers Festival (Aug 27 – Sep 5, 2010)



The Melbourne Writers Festival is the city's premier literary festival featuring over 300 writers from around the world. Literary banquets, debates, readings, performances, film screenings and workshops are just some of the events you'll enjoy at this year's festival in Melbourne from 27 August to 5 September 2010.

As the festival only recently released their lineup I thought I might showcase a couple of YA writers who will be attending the festival.

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Dan's got a few things happening in his nearly fifteen-year-old life: he's just moved house and school; he's trying not to be a complete nerd/loser but... SOCIAL DEATH: his last name's French and it rhymes with "cereal"; his bankrupt dad has just left his mum (and announced he's gay); his mum is starting up a business making wedding cakes but keeps talking her clients out of getting married; he's in love with the girl next door: the beautiful, unattainable Estelle. A touching, funny, emotionally honest story of first love with a fairy-tale upbeat (it's the boy's version of the Cinderella story); the revenge of the nerds; accepting your parents; the transformation of an ugly duckling; and discovering that the girl next door may just have a few problems of her own...

August 31st
Fiona Wood
Festival Club
10am - 10.45am
Tickets $6

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The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life. Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher? No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening… But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine? With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way. But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own. Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.

August 30
Steph Bowe
Festival Club
10am - 10.45am
Tickets $6

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A guy who howls. A girl on a mission to forget. In the suburb of Shyness, where the sun doesn’t rise and the border crackles with a strange energy, Wolfboy meets a stranger at the Diabetic Hotel. She tells him her name is Wildgirl, and she dares him to be her guide through the endless night. But then they are mugged by the sugar-crazed Kidds. And what plays out is moving, reckless...dangerous. There are things that can only be said in the dark. And one long night is time enough to change your life.

August 31
Leanne Hall
Festival Club
12.30pm - 1.15pm
Tickets $6

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Let me tell you my story. Not just the facts I know you want to hear. If I’m going to tell you my story, I’m telling it my way. Strap yourself in... Eliza Boans has everything. A big house. A great education. A bright future. So why is she sitting in a police station confessing to murder?

September 1
Shirley Marr
Festival Club
10am - 10.45am
Tickets $6

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Once, in a street not very far from yours, there lived a girl called Anonymity Jones. Anonymity's life is falling apart. Her father has left to have a mid-life crisis, her mother's new boyfriend is a definite worry, her Europe-bound sister has changed her name (just to make a point) and all her girl friends are now girlfriends, with boyfriends. And then there's the art teacher. Anonymity is losing control, and it's decision time. Does she hang on, get out, or get even?

August 31
James Roy
ACMI 2
12.30pm - 1.15pm
Tickets $6

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One of Australia's finest young cellists, 16 year-old Hugh Twycross has a very bright future. A future that has been mapped out by his parents, his teachers, by everybody, it seems, except Hugh Twycross. Hugh has a secret, though: he loves cars and he loves car racing. When his newly discovered grandfather, Poppy, asks him to go on a road trip to Uluru in his 1970 Holden HT Monaro, Hugh decides, for once in his life, to do the unexpected. As they embark on a journey into the vast and fierce landscape of the Australian interior, Hugh discovers that Poppy has a secret that will unravel both their lives and take them in a direction they never expected.

August 30
Phillip Gwynne
ACMI 2
12.30pm - 1.15pm
Tickets $6

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Melina Marchetta's brilliant, heart-wrenching new novel takes up the story of the group of friends from her best-selling, much-loved book Saving Francesca - only this time it's five years later and Thomas Mackee is the one who needs saving. Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world. But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death. And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.

August 31
Melina Marchetta
BMW Edge
10am - 10.45am
Tickets $6

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