Join bestselling YA fantasy author CS Pacat (the Fence series) debut author Lyndall Clipstone (Lakesedge) as they discuss YA fantasy and the drive towards the dark side. What accounts for our fascination with dark themes in YA and what rich motifs do these authors mine when forming their fantasy worlds?
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Lyndall Clipstone is an Adelaide author and former youth librarian. Lakesedge is Lyndall’s debut novel, and its sequel, Forestfall, is scheduled for release in 2022.
CS Pacat is the internationally acclaimed author of the young adult comic book series Fence, and the bestselling adult trilogy Captive Prince. Born in Australia and educated at the University of Melbourne, CS Pacat has since lived in a number of cities, including Tokyo and Perugia, and currently resides and writes in Melbourne.
Clare Sawyer is Adelaide Writers' Week's Programmer for Young Readers and spoken word sessions Hear Me Roar. In 2021, she produced the documentary Recorder Queen that screened on ABC TV. Clare has programmed festival content for Sydney Writers’ Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Flickerfest, as well as working with the Youth Jury at the Berlinale Film Festival, Germany. Currently, she is Senior Lecturer in Producing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. 2022 is her fourth year programming for Adelaide Writers' Week.