Young, Fierce and Proud

Young, Fierce and Proud

In her 2017 book The Gender Games, Juno Dawson writes: ‘I dare to dream of a world where people can dress, speak and behave how they want, free from mockery, derision, judgement, harassment and danger’.

The fact that this seemingly simple dream is one that needs to be ‘dared’ highlights the plight faced by so many young – and not so young – people today. This year’s series of events for young adults takes a fearless and unflinching look at those issues which still hinder many from being accepted.

From tackling racism and gender stereotypes, to celebrating diversity in all its forms, and empowering people to make their voices heard, these events offer exciting and challenging perspectives for all of us to heed – whether you’re sixteen or decades older.

Dean Atta & George Lester: Shine On

Age 12+

Thursday 20 August 17:30 - 18:30

You will be hard-pushed to find two novels as gloriously unique, full of heart, and downright fabulous as Dean Atta’s The Black Flamingo and George Lester’s Boy Queen. Atta’s novel in verse follows Michael, a Black teen beginning to unfurl...
Join acclaimed authors Jessica Love and Hannah Lee for readings and live discussion on the importance of children seeing themselves represented in the picture books they read. Jessica Love is the 2019 Stonewall Book award-winning author and...
Old stories collide with new in the most recent novels from these prize-winning authors. Be prepared to fall down the rabbit hole with Juno Dawson’s Wonderland, which catapults you into a radical retelling of the Alice in Wonderland story. In The...

Nikita Gill & Nic Stone: Writing Resistance

Age 12+

Thursday 27 August 17:30 - 18:30

A profound knack for storytelling has seen Nic Stone become one of the most important voices in young adult fiction, tackling vital themes of race relations, sexuality and self-discovery. The New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin appears in...

Paul Mendez & Derek Owusu: Thorny Intersections

Sunday 30 August 19:00 - 20:00

How do you get the upper hand on a world you don’t yet understand? That’s the burning question at the heart of two striking debuts that scrape away the coming-of-age clichés, breathing through the aches and pains of growing up. With echoes of...