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Where:

Dunningham Suite, Dunedin Library

When:

11:30AM Saturday, 10 May, 2014 NZST
Young Adult Writers' Panel with Melinda Szymanik and Sandy McKay, with Bridget Schaumann (Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2014)

Young Adult Writers' Panel with Melinda Szymanik and Sandy McKay, with Bridget Schaumann (Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival 2014)

Melinda Szymanik and Sandy McKay, with Bridget Schaumann

Melinda Szymanik and Sandy McKay both published historical novels for young adults in 2013. A Winter's Day in 1939 is Szymanik's story of her Polish father's time in Russian work camps during the Second World War. McKay has also written of the wartime experiences of a family member in When Our Jack Went to War, which takes the form of letters between two brothers, one at war and one at home. The writers will talk about their books, the experience of writing them and of the connection young readers today feel when reading stories of the past. Chaired by Bridget Schaumann, Librarian at King's High School, Dunedin.

Melinda Szymanik is the author of picture books, short stories, and novels for young people. Her first junior novel Jack the Viking came out in 2008 and her teen thriller The Half Life of Ryan Davis was published in 2011.

Sandy McKay is a children's book author, and a freelance writer. Her novel for junior readers, Recycled, was published in 2001 and won the Junior Fiction category in the 2002 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. Losing it (2007) was McKay's first book for teenage readers, and was nominated for the Esther Glen Awards in the 2008 LIANZA Children's Book Awards.

http://www.dunedinwritersfestival.co.nz | http://www.regenttheatre.co.nz

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