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Secondary School Program

On Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September, secondary school students will hear from four of Australia’s most thrilling writers and thinkers. Discover our teachers’ resources to inspire students’ learning on the day.

Book tickets for your school group by filling out the online form via the button below.

*Please note: the first day of our Secondary School Program has SOLD OUT. There are still places available for Friday, 9 September.

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Rhiannon Wilde: Growing Pains

Event One | 10–10.45am

Environmental photographic portrait of Rhiannon Wilde. Wilde has blonde hair, brown eyes and light skin. The author is wearing a peach-coloured lipstick and floral dress. There's a green potted plant in the background.

I hope that new readers see a little piece of themselves in the book and feel affirmed by the enduring importance of LGBTQIA+ characters in YA.

What does it mean to belong in the place where you are growing up? Join Rhiannon Wilde as she talks about tackling the themes of identity and acceptance in her captivating new novel for young adults, Where You Left Us.

Set in a rambling seaside mansion and told with humour and heart, it is a coming-of-age mystery that deals with sisterhood, family secrets, first love and how to find your way when you feel left behind.

Vanessa Len: A Monster of a Story

Event Two | 10.45–11.30am

Close-up colour photograph of Vanessa Len. Vanessa is smiling, facing forward and wearing pink lipstick, a black top and a fine gold necklace.

I was also really interested in exploring a diaspora, biracial experience like my own.

Growing up, Vanessa Len rarely saw herself reflected in the heroes of the stories she read. In fact, she sometimes felt closer to the so-called ‘bad guys’. Her debut novel, Only a Monster, takes the classic story of a monster and a hero and turns it inside out.

An Australian author of Chinese-Malaysian and Maltese heritage, Len talks about writing the kind of novel she always wanted to read—and how students can do the same, too.

Jared Thomas: Tales from the Heart

Event Three | 12.30–1.15pm

Environmental photographic portrait of Jared Thomas. Thomas has light brown skin, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He is wearing a blue collared shirt, and is smiling toward the camera.

Through living our personal journey, hearing and watching stories unfold, we possess an understanding of what makes a great story.

An award-winning author and proud Nukunu man, Jared Thomas thinks everyone can be a great storyteller, no matter where they come from.

Hear from him as he shares his writing tips, how he draws from personal and cultural experiences to craft fiction for young adults, and the story behind his latest novel, My Spare Heart, which follows a 17-year-old whose life is turned upside down after moving from the city to the country to live with her dad.

Lynette Noni: Ask Me Anything

Event Four | 1.15–2pm

Environmental portrait of Noni Lynette. Lynette has dark brown hair, brown eyes and light skin. She is wearing circle-shaped drop earrings and a black blazer. She is smiling, and there is a park in the background.

I want you to discover your own passions and find the courage to hope for an incredible tomorrow.

What have you always wanted to ask your favourite writer? In this special event, one of Australia’s bestselling YA authors, Lynette Noni, answers all your questions about her books and the life of a writer.

Come along to learn more about how she wrote the prize-winning The Medoran Chronicles series, how to unlock your imagination, what inspires her stories, and what we can expect from the thrilling finale of The Prison Healer fantasy trilogy, The Blood Traitor.