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Once upon a time there was no such thing as a ‘young adult’. You were a child until you became an adult. With the rise of youth culture in the 1950’s, the increase of disposable income and more free time for young people we saw young adults carve out a niche, and they wanted a literature that they could call their own, demanded books that were relevant to their lives.
In this session I talk about the changing lives and interests of young adults. I cover specific titles and trends as well as some of the issues emerging as the YA genre storms the market.
There are some classics that can shape the path of your life if you read them at the right time. In this session I look at a set list of contemporary classics and discuss their relevance to readers at a secondary level and where they fit into a modern society. The session is a mix […]
Reluctant readers are becoming a bigger issue in schools than ever before. Surprisingly, reluctance to read stems often not from a struggle with literacy, but with a lack of engagement and an inability to find books with high contemporary relevance. In this session I discuss the different types of reluctant readers, the causes and the […]
You’ll never read a classic if you don’t read at all. This session is designed to encourage students to pursue recreational reading. Maybe they thought that they didn’t like reading until they got swept away by Matthew Reilly or Twilight. But that’s not a bad thing. The question is, where to from there? This session […]
Every year we are swamped with new trends in fiction and new genre’s that are the next big thing. It’s impossible to read everything, so what do you grab off the shelves? I combine my roles as festival director, reviewer and freelancer with my years of experience in bookshops and working with children’s books to […]