‘One broke my heart and mended it’ Cecelia Ahern on One
“Gripping, vivid, superb” The Independent on Buffalo Soldier.
Being a young adult is hard, never mind when you’re a conjoined twin facing a heart-wrenching decision or a slave trapped in a world of injustice and inequality. Two of the finest Young Adult authors writing today come together to talk about their award-winning novels, the inspiration behind their writing, and the power of reading for a YA audience.
Meet Sarah Crossan and Tanya Landman, the 2016 and 2015 winners of the prestigious CLIP Carnegie Medal. Sarah Crossan’s One is a moving and beautifully crafted novel about identity, love and the unbreakable bond between sisters. In the hard-hitting Buffalo Soldier Tanya Ledman deals with race, gender and inequality against the backdrop of the aftermath of the American Civil War.
Both powerful and emotionally driven novels will make for a lively and impassioned conversation about YA, its writers and its readers. Chaired by Harriet Minter this event will be sure to inspire and entertain. Join us for drinks, a book signing and an exclusive opportunity to meet the authors.
Sarah Crossan is originally from Dublin. She graduated with a degree in philosophy and literature before training as an English and drama teacher at Cambridge University and has been working to promote creative writing in schools since. She is now a full-time YA writer and her books One, Breathe, Resist, The Weight of Water and Apple and Rain are published by Bloomsbury. One is the winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the CBI Book of the Year Award and Children’s Choice Award, CLiPPA (Children’s Poetry Award) and the YA Book Prize. Sarah lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their daughter.
Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith's Daughter, longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary's Penny. Tanya lives in Bideford, Devon, with her husband and their two sons. Visit Tanya at www.tanyalandman.com.
Harriet Minter is a journalist, speaker and future author. She founded and edited the Guardian's Women in Leadership section, which focussed on women in the workplace, and is a columnist for Psychologies magazine. She's written for publications including The Times, Huffington Post and The Pool. She is a regular speaker on women's rights, the future of work, and digital media. In the past two years she's given two TED Talks, and outside of work her passions include high heels and big boats - just not together.