Festival Program


It’s Complicated

Sun 1 Sep, 1pm
SLV, Isabella Fraser Room

Enjoy an entire day of Young Adult literary programming featuring author talks, panels and in-depth conversations at MWF19’s YA Day.

Nina Kenwood and Jodi McAlister are experts at writing about complicated, messy relationships. Nina’s award-winning It Sounded Better in my Head and Jodi’s lauded Valentine series interrogates the zigs and zags of young love. They talk to Michelle Smith.


1 hour


Session Artists

Nina Kenwood is a writer living in Melbourne. She won the 2018 Text Prize for her debut novel It Sounded Better in My Head.

Jodi McAlister is the author of young adult novels Valentine, Ironheart, and Misrule. She is also an academic, studying popular fiction and culture. She currently lectures in writing and literature at Deakin University in Melbourne.

Michelle Smith lectures on children's and Young Adult literature at Monash University. She is the author/editor of six books, several of which focus on girls’ fiction. Her recent co-authored monograph is From Colonial to Modern: Transnational Girlhood in Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand Children’s Literature, 1840-1940.

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