Festival Program


YA’ll Are Thirsty: Romantic FanFic Showcase

Sun 1 Sep, 4pm
SLV, Village Roadshow Theatrette

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

Pop culture is filled with characters who are meant to be together, but their creators often seem set on keeping them apart. Alison Evans, Will Kostakis, Jes Layton, and CB Mako offer alternative salacious stories from their thirsty imaginations.


1 hour


Session Artists

Adolfo Aranjuez is editor of film and media periodical Metro and editor-in-chief of sexuality and gender magazine Archer. He is also a freelance writer, speaker and dancer. Adolfo’s nonfiction and poetry have appeared in Meanjin, Right Now, Cordite and elsewhere.

Alison Evans is the author of Ida, which won the People's Choice Award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017. Their second novel, Highway Bodies, was published earlier this year and they are a contributor to new anthology, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories. They are based in Melbourne.

Will Kostakis has written everything from celebrity news stories that score cease and desist letters, to tweets for professional wrestlers. He’s best known for his award-winning YA novels, The Sidekicks and The First Third. Monuments is his first fantasy novel.

Jes Layton is a geek with a hat, writing about and discussing queer-nerdy things. Jes works in administration for the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature Office and Express Media. His latest pieces can be found at Junkee and her story 'Chemical Expression' is featured in Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories.

CB Mako is a non-fiction and fan-fiction writer. Winner of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition and shortlisted for the Overland Fair Australia Prize, cubbie has been published in The Suburban Review, The Lifted Brow, The Victorian Writer, Peril Magazine, Mascara Literary Review, Djed Press, Overland, and others.

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Meet Me at the Intersection

Sun 1 Sep, 11.30am

Writers whose voices are seldom heard – those who are First Nations, queer or living with a disability – share work from the anthology.


Kindred: Queer #LoveOzYA Stories

Sun 1 Sep, 1pm

Queer stories with queer characters by queer writers, this anthology is a YA collection for our time. Michael Earp speaks with contributors.


Your Chosen Family

Sun 1 Sep, 2.30pm

Alison Evans (Highway Bodies) and Marlee Jane Ward (The Orphancorp Trilogy) discuss how community is built from the darkest conditions.

Highlight Event

Becky Albertalli: Love, Simon

Sun 1 Sep, 5.30pm

Becky Albertalli talks about the runaway success of Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – and its second screen life as Love, Simon.