There's a big debate about the way some modern Young Adult fiction tackles gritty realistic subjects, and a number of people have questioned whether teenagers should be exposed to it like this. Recently, this has been further highlighted during "Banned Books Week", where it was suggested that, particularly in America, Library censors were targeting this genre and removing titles from their shelves.
Thankfully, there are authors like Keren David and Hilary Freeman, who despite this, continue to write realistic, thought provoking books, which don't shy away from tough subjects. And They'll be here to read from their books and discuss why this is such an important genre.
There'll be a chance to ask them questions and they'll be happy to offer advice to budding writers.
Keren David is the author of When I was Joe a contemporary thriller about the life changing dangers of knife crime. It was shortlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award and was followed by a sequel, Almost True, which explored further gang culture.
She's also written Lia's Guide to Winning the Lottery, a lighthearted novel about a teenager who wins £8 million on the Lottery.
Hilary Freeman is a journalist, agony aunt and novelist, who has now published six books for young adults. Mainly focusing on relationships, her Camden Town Tales series, follows Sky, Rosie and Vix as they hang around the Market, celeb spot and head off to gigs. What Hilary manages to do is give the reader an insight into the mind of the modern teenager.
Their books will be available throughout the festival and also at the event, and Hilary and Keren will be happy to sign copies for you.
Suggested Age. 10+
This is a FREE event, but please contact the Big Green Bookshop to reserve a place, either by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 020 8881 6767