YA Authors to Takeover Manchester Central Library at MCBF2016


On Saturday 2nd July, the Manchester Children’s Book Festival (MCBF) is hosting Generation #MCRTakeover at Central Library featuring three of the hottest YA authors.

A YA author panel featuring Juno Dawson, Siobhann Curham and Non Pratt, will hold a discussion on mental health as Generation #MCRTakeover invites teens, young adults and YA fiction-lovers to take part in a special Q&A session.

The authors attending the event write for a young adult audience, although their books are enjoyed by readers of all ages.

The panel event titled, ‘Matters over Minds’, is designed to explore the issues that many young people face in their lives that can cause stress and potentially lead to mental health issues.

Questions put to the guest authors do not have to be limited to issues about mental health, they can be about anything subject including the writing process, content of their books, characters and more.

The main aim of this event is to give young people an opportunity to direct the debate. The Fetsival team are keen to encourage young people to get together in small groups to come up with a series of questions.

If a group decide to collaborate in this way, they can email questions prior to the event to mcbf@mmu.ac.uk so the team can invite them down in advance of the event to meet with the authors and the chair to discuss how the event will run.

You can also take part by posing questions to the panel via Twitter using #MCRTakeover and #MCBF2016.

The event also features a range of drop-in activities including a performance poetry open mic event, animation, poetry slamming, graphic novels, quizzes and more.

Entry to Generation #MCRTakeover is free and you can book your tickets here. The event takes place on Saturday 2nd July, just drop in any time from 12.00-4.30pm. Some of the performances and sessions will have limited places – please see the individual listings in the MCBF “What’s On” guide to book and guarantee your seats. Priority entry will be given to those who have pre-booked tickets.

The Manchester Children’s Book Festival runs from 24th June – 3rd July. You can download the 2016 brochure here.


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