I love that all of the events are in one location and on the same day – I feel like this gives it a proper festival feel – and also that the events are all so affordable. Perhaps my favourite thing about All Day YA is how accessible all the authors are – they are available to sign books between sessions, and often spend most of the breaks chatting with readers, and are so generous with their time and open about their experiences.
It is always hard to chose between events – this year I went to these:
- On History’s Page (this one was about the fantastic anthology Meet me at the Intersection)
- The Great Deceit: On Love, Lies and Problematic Faves
- To All the Fandoms I’ve Loved Before
- Rewriting the Body
- Teen Con
While all of the sessions were amazing, there is always one that really stands out, or touches me deeper than the rest. This year that was Rewriting the Body, which brought home to me again the importance of people – especially young people – having the opportunity to see themselves in the books they read. It also really opened my eyes to the hate people can be exposed to simply for pushing for better representation. Jenna Guillaume, Dhonielle Clayton, and Jax Jacki Brown were all incredible on this panel, and Jordi Kerr did an exceptional job of moderating/chairing. Check out the link to the event here for more info about them!
One more special highlight this year was the chance to pick up a sneaky special early copy of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories, which is being released in June. I’ve been looking forward to this collection and you’ll be hearing more about it from me closer to the release date for sure!
Thanks again to the SWF organisers for such a wonderful event – I’m already excited for next year!