Podcast: Melina Marchetta and David Levithan

I started to read Melina Marchetta’s latest novel, The Piper’s son, but got caught up with other things at school and other books. Last week, while I was in a country city bookshop, I saw that Bolinda Books had an audio version available so I thought that this was a way I could finally “read the book”. I have quite a few 3+ hour trips to the country and I like to listen to audio or podcasts during this time.

A few days ago I caught up with the Radio National Book Show podcasts and  listened to a recording of a session from the 2010 Sydney Writer’s festival. It involved Melina Marchetta and David Leviathan, another author of YA fiction, the latest being Will Grayson, Will Grayson, talking about writing YA literature and their novels.

The description on the site is as follows:

Anger and age: how do you handle the angry young and how do you write characters mature enough to be engaging but not distancing for younger readers? They’re issues that writers David Levithan and Melina Marchetta have been dealing with in their books for more than a decade now.

Melina and David were guests at the recent Sydney Writers’ Festival in a session on the challenges of creating authentic teen characters. An edited version of the session, chaired by Judith Ridge. who is a critic and teacher of Children’s writing”

It was an interesting discussion that ranged from their respective approaches to writing to censorship issues and collaboration with other writer.

If you want to know more about Melina Marchetta and the Piper’s son there is an interesting interview (March 2nd) you can read on Persnickety Snark blog as well as a review of the book written a day before the interview.

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