What Young Adult Fiction Means To Us

Q&A with Sara Barnard, Kell Cowley and K.C. Finn Running from
Last event: Thursday 18 November at 5pm
  • Members & Young Members: £5
    Non-members: £5.56

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  • Garret Theatre

Part of: Chester Literature Festival

Are you a Young Adult writer, or interested in telling or reading stories? This event, chosen and created by Storyhouse’s Young Readers, will be a chance to listen to a chat between Sara Barnard and local authors Kell Cowley and K.C. Finn from Odd Voice Out publishing and Young Storyhouse members as they discuss YA books and stories.

Sara Barnard author of Young Adult novels Beautiful Broken Things, A Quiet Kind of Thunder, Goodbye Perfect, Fierce Fragile Hearts and her newest book Destination Anywhere.

Kell Cowley a YA author, of both historical and cli-fi/climate fiction novels, a YA librarian, and the co-founder of the YA indie label Odd Voice Out publishing. Kell is the head of Odd Voice Out with fellow Chester YA author, poet, playwright and creative writing teacher, K.C. Finn. Over the last two years they have run two international YA short story contests – ‘Not so Normal Narrators’ in 2019 which called for YA protagonists with a unique/under-represented voice, and ‘Teens of Tomorrow’ in 2020 which called for future focused stories about forward-thinking youth. They received entries from all over the world, from writers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels, including many own voices stories. The top three entries from both these contests received cash prizes, while the Top 10 stories featured in anthology collections, edited and produced through their press – Odd Voices and Teens of Tomorrow.

Find out more information on Young Readers here.


13+ recommended


Approx 90 mins

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Fri 3pm, 8.30pm; Sat 8.30pm; Sun 8.30pm; Mon 3pm, 6pm; Tue 3pm, 8.30pm + more times

1hr 20 | AD | New Year’s Eve 1999. Cappo, Two Tonne, and Kidda drive across London in a desperate search for tickets for the best millennium party EVER. 

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Christmas Choirs & Music
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Drop in for a mulled wine or a hot chocolate and soak up the festive atmosphere with choirs, music and…

Festive Bar
Tomorrow 5pm; Fri 5pm; Sat 12pm; Sun 12pm + more times

Join us for mulled wine, spiced apple and roast chestnuts outside Storyhouse. Thursday 5-8pm Friday 5-8pm Saturday 12pm-8pm Sunday 12pm-8pm

Cinema House of Gucci (15)

2hr 38 | AD | Inspired by the shocking true story of the family empire behind the fashion label. House of Gucci spans 3 decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge and ultimately murder.

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Cinema Drive My Car (15)
Sat 5pm; Sun 5pm; Mon 11am + more times

2hr 59 | AD | Two years after his wife’s unexpected death, Yusuke Kafuku, a renowned stage actor and director, receives an offer to direct a production of Uncle Vanya at a theatre festival in Hiroshima.

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Sat 1pm, 3pm; Sun 1pm, 3pm

1hr 5 | The annual CBeebies Christmas Show is back, sprinkled with plenty of CBeebies magic, festive music, stunning dance performances and a star cast of presenters and on-screen talent.

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