Dayschool on “Writing about Trouble” for young adults with Catherine Barter, Alan Gibbons and Bali Rai

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Date(s) - Saturday, 21st October
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Nottingham Writer's Studio


Catherine Barter’s first novel for teenagers, Troublemakers, came out this summer. Her character, Alena, never knew her political activist mother. London is rocked by explosive devices left in supermarkets. As the threat mounts, Alena seeks to find out more about her past. Trouble starts. Then she does something truly rebellious.

Alan Gibbons has been writing about trouble for over twenty years, along the way winning the Blue Peter Award and being shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal (the “children’s Booker”) twice as well as many region book awards for young adult ficiton. His young adult fiction books include material on domestical violence, jihadi recruits and trouble at football grounds.

Bali Rai’s books about “trouble” include coverage of racism (to, and from, the Asian community, arranged marriage, and class. He has often said that issues to do with class are the great taboo in young adult fiction. Bali lives in Leicester, where he was inspired to write by Sue Townsend. Five Leaves has published two of his novels for reluctant readers.

This event will include presentations, readings and discussion about writing about difficult issues for teenage readers

Who should attend this event? Teachers, librarians, writers, serious readers of young adult fiction, youth workers.

In association with Nottingham Writers Studio

Tickets: £10 (£8 advance) from Five Leaves Bookshop


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