It's a Love Story
Rhiannon Wilde + Hope Ferris-Green + Kay Kerr + Jodi McAlister + Tobias Madden
Brisbane Square Library
Love YA / Free event
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
Love is never straightforward as these authors can attest. Missing social cues, heartbreaking journeys to love and finding it in unlikely places.
Kay Kerr, Jodi McAlister, Tobias Madden, Rhiannon Wilde
Chair: Hope Ferris-Green
Proudly supported by Griffith University.
Rhiannon Wilde is a writer and former Brisbane high school teacher. Her debut novel, Henry Hamlet’s Heart, won the Queensland Literary Awards Glendower Award for an Emerging Queensland Writer, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature, longlisted for an Indie Book Award and was a CBCA Notable Book. She can usually be found drinking coffee dressed like a slightly subdued Elton John, and lives with her partner on a hill near the sea.
Hope is a Brisbane-based poet, writer, performer and general word-person who deeply believes in the incredible power of language. She's passionate about weird clothes and weird art, and in her spare time she hosts youth poetry slams and searches for the perfect iced chai recipe.
Kay Kerr is an autistic author and freelance writer from the Sunshine Coast. Her two YA novels, Please Don't Hug Me and Social Queue, are coming-of-age narratives featuring young neurodivergent women. Kay's writing has also appeared in The Guardian, SBS Voices, Daily Life, and Peppermint Magazine.
Prior to receiving her adult autism diagnosis, Kay worked as a community newspaper reporter and editor in Brisbane.
Jodi is both an author and scholar of romance fiction. As an author, she's written romance novels for adults and young adults: most recently, the Marry Me, Juliet series (Simon & Schuster) and Libby Lawrence is Good at Pretending (Wakefield). As an academic, she has published two monographs and numerous articles and book chapters, and works as a Senior Lecturer in Writing, Literature and Culture at Deakin University in Melbourne.
Originally from Ballarat, Tobias worked for ten years as a dancer, touring Australia and New Zealand with musicals such as Mary Poppins, CATS, Singin’ in the Rain and Guys and Dolls. He now lives in Sydney with his husband, Daniel, and their Cavoodle, Ollie. Tobias Madden is the author of the ABIA longlisted Anything But Fine and the forthcoming Take A Bow, Noah Mitchell and editor of Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories. He also co-wrote the cabaret show Siblingship, which played to sold-out audiences in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. Tobias is a passionate member of the #LoveOzYA and LGBTQ+ communities.