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Notes on Being Teenage: Does Writing Run in the Family?

Saturday 1 April 2017

1 Hour


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Debut writer Rosalind Jana discusses her first non-fiction book Notes on Being Teenage with her mother, poet, playwright, performer and children and young adult author Polly Peters. The two will also discuss how far writing does run in the family.

Jana spoke to lots of teenagers as part of her research for the book on how to survive and thrive as a teenager. She ranges from the serious issues of mental health, bullying and staying safe online to dating, style, fashion and blogs.  Jana is author, poet, journalist, speaker and style blogger. She won the Vogue Talent Contest at 16, is currently Violet magazine’s junior editor and author of a poetry collection, Branch and Vein.

Peters writes both independently and in collaboration with her husband Andrew. They’ve worked on over 110 books between them, translated into 17 languages. Together, they have been nominated twice for the Carnegie, and appeared on the Poetry Archive. Her more recent work includes the BBC Radio 4 play The Man Who Turned into a Sofa and the picture book The Colour Thief.

Discussions will be chaired by Claire Armitstead, literary editor of The Guardian.

This event is part of St Hilda’s day at the festival.