Auckland has The Big Day Out, The Girls’ Day Out and now it has The Wordy Day Out – the coolest event at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival. As soon as I saw this event featured in the festival programme, I knew I had to get to Auckland no matter what.
For those of you who haven’t been drooling over the programme for the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, The Wordy Day Out, on Saturday is “a fun day featuring some of the best, brightest and liveliest authors around – all of whom happen to be labelled YA (young adult) authors.” Looking through the list of authors attending, I think they got the description spot on. Some of my favourite YA authors are there, including New Zealand’s own Brian Falkner, Bernard Beckett and Karen Healey, as well as some amazing international authors, including Cassandra Clare, Garth Nix, and Meg Rosoff. There really is something for every fan – whether you’re into fantasy, horror, adventure, thrillers, gothic or sci-fi.
I’m truly buzzing with excitement, waiting to listen to these fantastic authors whose stories I love. I’ll hang on every word and be first in line to get my books signed after each session. Stay tuned for my report next week.
I’ve been a fan of Meg Rosoff ever since reading her first novel, How I Live Now. She is a fresh voice in the world of young adult literature, if somewhat provocative. Since this first novel she has written several other unique novels with interesting, quirky characters and some quite strange plots, as well as a couple of very funny picture books about Borris, Maurice, Horace and Doris the Wild Boars. I always enjoy reading them even if I get really confused in places ( I find these always make the most interesting books as you just want to find out what’s going on).
Meg Rosoff’s new novel, The Bride’s Farewell is a departure from her previous novels as it has a historical setting. Even though What I Was was told from the point of view of an old man looking back on his past, Bride’s Farewell is set in about the late 1800s in England (no specific dates are given). Pell is the daughter of a preacher in rural England and she has grown up in a large family and watched her mother suffer under the burden of too many children and too little money. Her mother is a broken woman and Pell decides that this is not what she wants to become and so escapes with her younger brother on her wedding day. She heads to Salisbury Fair in the hope of finding work and starting a new life, but finds that life away from home might not be easy either.
As always, Rosoff’s language is magical and leads us through a world far different from what we know. Her novels are all very different but well worth checking out.