Festival Program


Readings Recommends: Young Adult Book Prize

Sun 1 Sep, 10am
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.

Established in 2016, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize celebrates emerging voices in YA literature. In conversation with award-winning author and Readings staff member Leanne Hall, the 2019 winner – Eleni Hale – will discuss her winning title Stone Girl in this special YA Day event.

This session is free, no bookings are required. 


1 hour

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Session Artists

Eleni Hale’s debut, Stone Girl, won the Readings Young Adult Book Prize, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Prize for Young People's Literature, and longlisted for the Young Adult Davitt Award. Eleni has been a reporter, a communications strategist, and has written for many print and online news publications. She is currently working on her second novel.

Leanne Hall is an award-winning Australian author for young adults and children. Her debut novel, This Is Shyness, was the winner of the Text Prize for Children's and Young Adult Writing, and was followed by a sequel Queen of the Night. Her novel for younger readers, Iris and the Tiger, won The Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Literature at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards.

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