On the show this week Sinead looks at Young Adult fiction with writer Sheena Wilkinson and David Maybury, Children’s Books Editor at Penguin Ireland as well as double Carnegie medal winner Patrick Ness.
Also on the show Sinead visits the Riot Grrl archive in New York as a new book on the movement is published. Riot Grrrl was one of the most influential musical movements in the last 20 years and the archive is curated by Lisa Darns.
Young Adult Fiction and crossover reading
It could be argued that 50 years ago, there were books for adults and books for children – with nothing in between. Now Young Adult fiction has become one of the most successful genres, drawing in huge numbers of readers. Many become crossover hits appealing to both young and old, but who is writing the books, and who is reading them? We discuss YA fiction with writer Sheena Wilkinson and David Maybury, Children’s Books Editor at Penguin Ireland. Zoe Comyns also talks to two stalwarts of the genre: Patrick Ness and Robert Dunbar.
The Riot Grrrl Archive and Feminist Press book
Riot Grrrl was one of the most influential musical movements in the last 20 years. Its manifesto was one of feminism, autonomy and women making (great) music on their own terms. New York University has a dedicated Riot Grrrl archive, curated by Lisa Darns (a former flatmate of Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna), who took us on a tour of Riot Grrrl’s literature, flyers, fanzines and ephemera. Lisa also wrote the introduction to a new book, The Riot Grrrl Collection (published by The Feminist Press), that offers a portable record of the archive material.