We are incredibly excited to bring two of the biggest names in YA to Durham. Lisa and Juno will to talk about their work and the importance of diversity and acceptance in modern society.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson was the bestselling Young Adult hardback of 2015 and the winner of Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 in the older fiction category. The book tells the powerful story of David Piper, who has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth—David wants to be a girl. Sensitively written and told without sensationalism this is one of the most important Young Adult novels of recent years.
Juno Dawson has won multiple awards for her writing including being named as ‘Queen of Teen’. Alongside the popular and much-loved collection of fiction, written as James Dawson and including titles Hollow Pike, Cruel Summer and All of the Above, Juno has also non-fiction including Being a Boy, This Book is Gay and her latest Mind Your Head, a young person’s guide to mental health. In 2015, Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a woman.
Suitable for ages 13+
Themes: Gender, Identity, Acceptance, Mental Health, PSHE