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Alice Oseman is a writer and illustrator and the creator of the smash-hit British coming-of-age romantic comedy Heartstopper. Alice has written and executive produced the screen adaptation based on her heart-warming graphic novel about two teenage grammar school boys for the hugely popular Netflix series of the same name.
Juno Dawson is a best-selling novelist, screenwriter, journalist and columnist whose books include the global bestsellers, This Book Is Gay, Clean and YA Book Prize-winning Meat Market. Juno writes for television and has multiple shows in development both in the UK and US. Her debut short film was The Birth Of Venus and she created the first official Doctor Who scripted podcast, Doctor Who: Redacted.
Alice Oseman and Juno Dawson will chat to fellow YA writer Lauren James about the joys and challenges of adapting existing stories for different mediums, as well as discussing writing fiction for a teen and YA audience. They’ll talk about their favourite adaptations and share favourite scenes they’d love to see on screen. Come join them and share yours too!
About the Speakers
Alice Oseman is an award-winning author, illustrator, and screenwriter, and was born in 1994 in Kent, England. Alice’s first novel Solitaire was published when she was nineteen. She has written four YA contemporary novels about teenage disasters: Solitaire, Radio Silence, I Was Born for This, and Loveless. Her YA novels have been nominated for the YA Book Prize, the Inky Awards, the Carnegie Medal, and the Goodreads Choice Awards. She is the creator of LGBTQ+ YA romance webcomic Heartstopper, which is also published in graphic novel print editions, and she is the writer, creator, and executive producer for the hugely popular television adaptation of the same name on Netflix.
Juno Dawson is the internationally bestselling author of Young Adult novels and non-fiction, including Clean and This Book Is Gay, as well as a novelist, screenwriter, journalist, and a columnist for Attitude Magazine. She also writes for television and has multiple shows in development both in the UK and US. Her debut short film was The Birth Of Venus and she created the first official Doctor Who scripted podcast, Doctor Who: Redacted. Juno grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Dazed, Grazia and the Guardian, and she was chosen by crime writer Val McDermid as one of the ten most compelling LGBTQ+ writers working in the UK today. In 2014, Juno became a School Role Model for the charity Stonewall.
Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many YA novels, including Green Rising, The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker and The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. She is a RLF Royal Fellow, freelance editor and screenwriter. Her books have sold over a hundred thousand copies worldwide in seven languages. Lauren is a passionate advocate of STEM further education, and all of her books feature female scientists in prominent roles. The Quiet at the End of the World was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and STEAM Children’s Book Award.