YA Poetry Panel - Kensington

We are delighted to be hosting a YA Poetry Panel exploring the power of storytelling in different forms.

Waterstones Kensington is delighted to be hosting a YA Poetry Panel exploring the power of storytelling in different forms with Waterstones' Children's Laureate Joseph Coelho , author and screenwriter Manjeet Mann (The Crossing) and poet and novelist, Ashley Hickson Lovence (Wild East), chaired by Lizzie Huxley-Jones (Vivi Conway Series). Passionate about reaching young readers, and connecting real life inspiration, these writers look to reflect on the ways writers can reach young people through their work and particularly explore the impact of verse novels. Their in conversation will be followed by a short Q&A and a book signing.

Ashley Hickson-Lovence is a poet, novelist and university lecturer with a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia. His debut novel The 392 was published with OWN IT! in April 2019 and his second novel Your Show was released with Faber in April 2022 and was longlisted for the Gordon Burn Prize and shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards. His debut YA verse novel, Wild East will be published by Penguin Random House on 23 May 2024.Manjeet Mann is a multi-award winning children's author, actress, playwright and screenwriter. Her debut YA novel Run, Rebel was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2021 and won the CILIP Carnegie Shadowers Choice Award, The UKLA Award, Diverse Book Award and Sheffield Children's Book Award. It was also a Guardian best book of 2020. Her second novel The Crossing won The Costa Children's Book Award. Manjeet is also the founder of Run the World - a not for profit that uses sport and theatre as a means to empower women and girls.

Joseph Coelho is a best-selling, multi-award winning children’s playwright and author of over 40 books. He writes across several mediums for children including stage plays, picture books, non-fiction and middle grade. His book The Boy Lost in The Maze is currently short-listed for the Carnegie Medal and has received international acclaim appearing on the White Raven Book list - Munich, The IBBY UK Honour Books List and awarded The Extraordinary Book of 2023 by The International Children's Literature Festival of Berlin. Joseph is currently the Waterstone's Children’s Laureate 2022 - 2024.

Lizzie Huxley-Jones is an autistic author and editor based in London. They are the author of the queer holiday rom-com Make You Mine This Christmas (2022) from Hodder Books, the summer romance Hits Different co-written with Tasha Ghouri (2024) from Hot Key Books, and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted fantasy series Vivi Conway and the Sword of Legend (2023) and Vivi Conway and the Haunted Quest (2024) from Knights Of. They write joyful stories that centre queerness and disability.