Namina Forna, Holly Bourne & Lucy Powrie in conversation

Saturday 31 July 2021

The Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing 2021

The Brontë Festival of Women’s Writing 2021

Namina Forna, Holly Bourne & Lucy Powrie in conversation

Saturday 31 July, 16:15 - 17:15
Tickets: £6 (£4 concessions), £2 for 16-25s


Three of the most exciting Young Adult writers come together from different locations around the world to share their writing lives with the festival. Namina Forna, Holly Bourne and Lucy Powrie talk about creating strong female leads, connecting with young audiences and what’s next for them and their writing.

Holly Bourne is a bestselling and critically acclaimed author. Inspired by her work with young people, and her own experiences of everyday sexism, Holly is a passionate mental health advocate and proud feminist.

Namina Forna is a young adult novelist based in Los Angeles, and the author of the New York Times bestselling epic fantasy YA novel The Gilded Ones. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, she moved to the US when she was nine and has been traveling back and forth ever since. Namina loves telling stories with fierce female leads and works as a screenwriter in LA.

Lucy Powrie is the author of The Paper & Hearts Society series for teenagers. She is also known for her YouTube channel, lucythereader, where in 2018, as Brontë Society Young Ambassador, she hosted the Brontë Book Club. The videos have so far amassed over 150,000 views, encouraging a new generation of readers from around the world to read and discuss the Brontës’ books.


This event will take place via Zoom Webinar. You can watch the event live and it will also be recorded and made available to Ticket Holders on our Vimeo channel from Tuesday 3 August 2021 for 7 days (you will be emailed after the event with a link).

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