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Apr Apr
2017 2017

Rosalind Jana and Polly Peters: 'Notes on Being Teenage' - does writing run in the family?

14:00 to 15:00

The St Hilda's College Writers' Day at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival takes place at Worcester College.

Rosalind Jana (English, 2013) is an award-winning author, poet, journalist, speaker and style blogger won the Vogue Talent Contest at 16. In 2015, her book 'Notes on Being Teenage' was published by Hatchette UK. Rosalind's mother is Polly Peters, poet, playwright, performer, and children's author.

Debut writer Rosalind Jana discusses her first non-fiction book Notes on Being Teenage with her mother, poet, playwright, performer and children and young adult author Polly Peters. The two will also discuss how far writing does run in the family, chaired by our alumna Claire Armistead (English, 1977).

Jana spoke to lots of teenagers as part of her research for the book on how to survive and thrive as a teenager. She ranges from the serious issues of mental health, bullying and staying safe online to dating, style, fashion and blogs. Jana is author, poet, journalist, speaker and style blogger. She won the Vogue Talent Contest at 16, is currently Violet magazine’s junior editor and author of a poetry collection, Branch and Vein.

Peters writes both independently and in collaboration with her husband Andrew. They’ve worked on over 110 books between them, translated into 17 languages. Together, they have been nominated twice for the Carnegie, and appeared on the Poetry Archive. Her more recent work includes the BBC Radio 4 play The Man Who Turned into a Sofa and the picture book The Colour Thief.

Chair: Claire Armistead (Books Editor, The Guardian and the Observer). Tickets: £12.50. Book here.