Secondary School Days 2021

Hear from Australia’s most exciting literary talents 

The Secondary School Days program is a wonderful opportunity for students to listen, investigate and question, alongside some of Australia’s leading writers for young adults.

Throughout the day, these writers inspire and challenge students through a thoughtful discussion of literature and ideas. The program is designed to grow students’ enjoyment of books, writing and reading by providing them with new perspectives, insight into writing processes and encouragement to consider their own creative pursuits. 

During four 45-minute sessions, writers and illustrators perform from their work, talk about their craft and take questions from the audience.

The impressive line-up of internationally recognised, award-winning Australian YA heavyweights includes fantasy legend Garth Nix, whose books have been translated into 42 languages and five million copies sold worldwide; premier science fiction and fantasy author Michael Pryor of the series The Chronicles of Krangor, The Laws of Magic and The Extraordinaires; multi-award-winning author of The Bone Sparrow and The Lost Soul Atlas, Zana Fraillon; debut YA author and recipient of the Bega Valley Shire Council’s Young Citizen of the Year Award, the Patrick White Young Indigenous Writers’ Award, and the Copyright Agency Fellowship for First Nations Writers, Gary Lonesborough; and the winner of the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature (Iris and the Tiger), and Text Prize for Children’s and Young Adult Writing (This Is Shyness), Leanne Hall.


Zana Fraillon: Luring the Imps

Discover the strange characters and wonderful worlds waiting in the shadows with award-winning author Zana Fraillon. Zana leads students in a workshop on wrangling guardians, portals, gatekeepers and more into fantastic tales of epic proportions – and offers her insights into the art of writing along the way. Students leave with a whole class of characters they can write about back at school. 

Garth Nix, Michael Pryor: Character Magic

How do you create compelling characters in a magical world? Discover when it comes to character building, which rules to obey, which to bend and which to break. On Friday 30 April at the Seymour Centre, join award-winning author Garth Nix as he unravels the magic at the heart of everything he writes – from the bestselling Old Kingdom fantasy series to his whimsical regency romance Newt’s Emerald. On Monday 3 May at The Concourse and Tuesday 4 May at Riverside Theatres, Michael Pryor, a fellow celebrated fantasy author who has published more than 35 fantasy books – seven of which have been CBCA Notable Books – gives students an insight into the wonders of world-building and teaches a thing or two about the funny and fantastical. 

Gary Lonesborough: Finding Courage 

What if exploring who you are takes a lot of courage? How do you find it? Yuin writer Gary Lonesborough’s first book, The Boy from the Mish, is a funny and big-hearted queer Indigenous young adult novel set in a rural Australian community. It’s a branch of hope extended to teenagers who think they’re alone. Jeremy Lachlan speaks to Gary about this beautifully written story on finding love – and yourself. 

Leanne Hall: You’ve Got This 

Whether writing urban fantasy or contemporary crime, Leanne Hall is a strong advocate for teenagers being the heroes of their own stories. But knowing who you are – and being able to write about it – isn’t an easy task. In this session, Leanne speaks to students on her newest book, The Gaps, a compelling examination of ethics, privilege and representation, and how to channel your own experiences and passions into your writing. 


9.30am Arrive at venue

10am Morning sessions

11.30am Lunch break

12.30pm Afternoon sessions

2pm Finish


Make sure you book before Friday 23 April to guarantee your spot at this not-to-be-missed event.

You can book Secondary School Days tickets to Seymour Centre, Riverside Theatres and The Concourse Concert Hall by filling out the online booking form. A printable version is also available. 

For more information or if you have any questions contact or call 02 9256 4200. 

All Secondary School Days venues (Seymour Centre, Riverside Theatres and The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood) are registered COVID-Safe businesses. 

It is recommended that you book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information about Secondary School Days, please contact us:

(02) 9256 4200