Acclaimed screenwriter, poet and young adult fiction author Gabrielle Prendergast is the author of five highly praised novels – Hildegarde (Harper Collins Australia, 2002); Wicket Season (Lorimer Books, 2012), Audacious (Orca Books, 2013), Capricious (Orca Books, 2014) and Frail Days (Orca Books, 2015). She has written numerous screen plays for television, including the animated series Gloria’s House and Fairy Tale Police Department.
Selected to participate in the 2014 Poetry in Transit program, Gabrielle wrote and co-produced the award-winning film Hildegarde, which won the Tokyo Children’s Film Festivals Grand Prize in 2003. Her novel Audacious received rave reviews, appearing on both the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books and the Westchester Fiction Award Winners list in 2014.
Her essays and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines, zines and blogs for both adults and children and she is an active member of NaNoWriMo on Facebook and a moderator for versenovels.com.
Gabrielle Prendergast will talk about the parameters of the young adult romance category – it’s history and origins, the conventions, the market, who reads it and why. How does it differ from adult romance? Who publishes it? Who buys it? What on earth is “New Adult”? She will include some readings illustrating how intimacy and sex are treated in YA. The April 18th meeting is open to guests.