YA Battle: Sci-Fi/Fantasy vs Contemporary @ Cardiff Central Library, Cardiff [30 June]

YA Battle: Sci-Fi/Fantasy vs Contemporary

15:00 - 16:30

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Cardiff Central Library
The Hayes, CF10 1FL Cardiff
Cardiff Central Library
Saturday June 30th — start @ 3pm
Tickets: £2 — redeemable against book purchases

Are you a fan of fantasy, or is contemporary fiction more your thing? Can fantasy have anything to say about the real world, and what’s so great about the real world anyway?

YA Lit Cardiff’s first event will take five best-selling, award-winning writers of fantasy and contemporary fiction and send them to fight it out in head-to-head debate. Fantasy versus reality, which one will come out on top?

Team Contemporary:

Chloe Seager grew up in East London with her Mum and much-loved cat, Katie. She studied English Literature and Drama at the University of East Anglia, where she sadly realised she couldn't act, but did rediscover her love of children's books.
Children's Literature was one of her favourite modules, and it made her wonder why grown-ups ever stopped reading them. She now works with YA and kids’ books full-time. Chloe lives back in East London with her boyfriend and pet fish.

Muhammad Khan is an engineer, a secondary-school maths teacher, and now a YA author! He takes his inspiration from the children he teaches, as well as his own upbringing as a British-born Pakistani. He lives in South London and is studying for an MA in Creative Writing at St Mary's. His first novel, I Am Thunder, was published by Macmillan Children’s Books in January 2018. He is working on his second novel, Kick the Moon.

Team Science-Fiction/Fantasy:

Julia Ember lives in Edinburgh, Scotland with her partner, two cats and an adorable pony. In 2016, she published her first novella, Unicorn Tracks, with Harmony Ink Press. She has subsequently published three further works for young adults. Her first novel, The Seafarer's Kiss, was released by Interlude Press in May 2017. It was heavily influenced by Julia's postgraduate work in Medieval literature at the University of St. Andrews. Its sequel, The Navigator's Touch, will release in September 2018.

Amy Wilson is a former journalist and graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. She is the author of A Girl Called Owl, and A Far Away Magic, published by Macmillan Children’s in the UK.
She lives in Bristol with her young family and two pets – Rocky the puppy and Ivy, a small wild cat with a very large voice — and her third novel, Snowglobe, is coming out in October!
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