Festival Program


Your Chosen Family

Sun 1 Sep, 2.30pm
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.

Alison EvansHighway Bodies and Marlee Jane Ward’s The Orphancorp Trilogy both explore how families – chosen, not familial – can form in fraught times. These award-winning authors discuss how community is built from the darkest conditions. With Tamsien West.


1 hour


Session Artists

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.

Marlee Jane Ward is the award-winning author of Welcome To Orphancorp, Psynode and Prisoncorp. Her short fiction is published in Apex, Terraform, Aurealis Magazine, and more. Her non-fiction is featured in Overland, Meanjin, and Kill Your Darlings. She lives in Melbourne with her two cats.

Tamsien West is a creative influencer, book reviewer, photographer and all-round lover of words. She's best known for her successful Instagram account Babbling Books where she shares her love of YA and adult science-fiction, fantasy and nonfiction books.

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