Saturday 21 August 2021 – 11.30AM GMT+1
Icons of Antipodean literature Mandy Hager, Steph Matuku and Claire Zorn discuss all things Australia and New Zealand YA, hope, and textures of grass.
About Mandy Hager
With 14 books winning or shortlisted for 23 awards, Mandy Hagar has dedicated her career to traversing topics such as violence, corruption and prejudice, all underpinned with a strong message of love, compassion and generosity. Outside of her writing, Mandy enjoys her life in Kapiti Coast, New Zealand blogging and following her desire to ‘say something’.
About Steph Matuku
Steph Matuku is a freelance writer from Taranaki (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama and Te Atiawa). She particularly enjoys writing stories for young people, and her work has appeared on the page, stage and screen.
Her first two novels, ‘Flight of the Fantail’ and ‘Whetū Toa and the Magician’ were Storylines Notable Books, and ‘Whetū Toa’ was a finalist at the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. In 2021, she was awarded the established Māori writer residency at the Michael King Centre where she worked on a novel about post-apocalyptic climate change. She has just launched a new YA book, “Falling Into Rarohenga”, and has two more books coming out this year.
She enjoys surf photography, aquascaping and zombie movies.
About Claire Zorn
Claire Zorn is the author of three novels for young adults: The Sky So Heavy, The Protected and One Would Think the Deep. Published to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally, her novels have won multiple awards, most notably the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Young Adult Fiction, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards – Young Adult Fiction Prize, the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards for Young Adult Fiction and the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year: Older Readers (twice).