Will Kostakis to headline 2021 Adelaide Festival “Writers’ Week”

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Greek Australian author Will Kostakis was announced as one of the feature guests for the 2021 Adelaide Festival’s “Writers’ Week”, taking part of the Middle Grade and YA Day.

Will Kostakis, highly regarded for his Monuments series and The First Third, will be joined by R.A. Spratt (The Peski Kids and Friday Barnes; Girl Detective series) and Vikki Wakefield (This is How We Change the Ending).

Will Kostakis is an author highly familiar with the Greek community in Australia. His debut book, The First Third, was written as a way to show a new perspective on what it’s like growing up as a Greek-Australian teenage boy.

Will Kostakis with his novel, The First Third. Photo: The Greek Herald

“In that novel, I centred love, I centred a bit of familial affection, and it’s either something that people have lost or something that they yearned for or something that they had,” Will said to The Greek Herald in an interview earlier this year.

“I think that’s what keeps the novel in the public conscious, even today it’s still being read and still being shared.”

During the Writers’ Week, the Middle Grade and YA Day will bring a relaxed environment for tweens and teens to enjoy author talks and conversations as well as the dynamic talent of Australia’s most powerful spoken-word performers in Hear Me Roar.

The Adelaide Writers’ Week was the last literary festival to squeak in before the 2020 lockdown, and will be one of the first to return live in 2021.

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