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Nicole Hayes

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How to Write About ‘Issues’ in YA (Without Making It an Issue)

Nicole Hayes is an award-winning YA author and podcaster. Her novel, One True Thing, won the Children’s Peace Literature Award, and shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Literary Award. A Shadow’s Breath was shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Award and is a CBCA Notable. The Whole of My World, a YA #MeToo story set in the world of AFL, was longlisted for the Gold Inky. She is currently pursuing a creative writing PhD in YA fiction at Deakin University, where she also teaches.


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