The Festival’s Family Fun Day begins tomorrow with a wide range of fun activities and stalls for all ages to enjoy! Story-telling, arts and crafts, workshops… it’s a day jam packed full of exciting things to do and is one of the Festival’s most popular events. Best of all, it’s completely free, and there are even special guest appearances.
Shanta Everington is one of the Festival’s special guests and will be reading at the Family Fun Day. A previous Creative Writing student at Manchester Metropolitan University, Shanta chose to study a master’s degree which helped her publish her first novel for adults (Marilyn and Me.) Since then, she has written three novels for young adults. In her alumni story, Shanta says, “I loved the creative writing community that thrived at The Writing School at MMU.”
Shanta will be returning to the university to read from her latest novel, XY, which launches at our Family Fun Day. XY is a young adult dystopian and joint winner of the Red Telephone Books YA Novel Competition. We asked Shanta to have a quick chat with us about her work.
“For me, part of being creative is having the freedom to experiment with various forms and audiences” Shanta tells us. Aside from novels, Shanta has also published poetry, non-fiction, short stories, life writing and articles. But what attracted Shanta to writing for young adults?
“I love young adult fiction, and yes, I still read it,” says Shanta. “It’s such an exciting age to write for. Young adults are open to different ways of thinking and seeing. You can really go anywhere with it. XY is my first dystopian story. My aim was to immerse readers in an alternative reality, a world where we are born neither male nor female. Would it be possible to live without gender? Read the book and find out.”
The Festival Family Fun Day will be happening from 10am – 4pm in Manchester Metropolitan University’s Geoffrey Manton Building (on Oxford Road). Make sure you come along if you want to hear Shanta read from her new book!