Young People’s Programme

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies,Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin says. Sometimes we have to look at life through different eyes to work out who we are. This year’s Big Bookend Young People’s programme focuses on identity. Headliner, Martyn Bedford’s latest book, Never Ending tells the story of Shiv who, tormented by the death of her brother, has to learn to live again. His first book Flip, tells the story of Alex Gray, who wakes up to find himself in somebody else’s body. In Amy Keen’s Foresight Series, Scarlet is coming to terms with her ‘gift’ and the power she has. In Sufiya Ahmed’s, Secrets of the Henna Girl, the social pressure that comes with forced marriage is put under the spotlight. All of our authors are concerned with the question of what it means to live as ourselves in a world that often demands something else of us.

The author events for the Young People’s programme will take place at Waterstones, including a special launch event on Friday 6th June, with live music from Lucy & Jo. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, there will be opportunities to take part in hands-on workshops at LCI from Aissa Gallie and Sarah Benwell to develop your writing skills. Events can be booked separately, so you can come to the whole programme or attend an event that particularly interests you. See you there!


Our 2014 events for young adults…

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