- Writing For Youth: A New Generation Of Readers & Writers
Saturday 9 June
Challenging Women: Perspectives On Life & Writing
Sunday 10 June
Perth-based Alicia is a driving force for young LGBT voices within Australia. Raised in rural NSW before she left home at the age of sixteen, she accepted a position to study at the Hunter School of Performing Arts. Described as having an overactive imagination as a child, she recalls writing stories her entire life. Alicia attributes surviving her teenage years to the comfort, release and escape, writing offered and she hopes to inspire the next generation of readers and writers to embrace their true passions.
Alicia was inspired to write her debut 2018 novel If I Tell You, after finding a lack of YA novels featuring two central lesbian characters. She draws on her life experiences to explore the joys, triumphs and cruelties of modern day adolescence and considers there is no fantasy world she could create that is more terrifyingly beautiful than the one we’re expected to live in.