Swearing, Drinking, Race and sex in Teenage Fiction
David Fickling, Meg Rosoff and David Almond
Sat 22 Oct
5 – 6pm
University of Exeter, XFI lecture theatre
Young adult 16+
Over recent years, books for young people have become increasingly more sexually explicit, increasingly more violent, and deal more readily with difficult issues. Consider, for example, Melvin Burgess’s Junk, Abomination, or Kevin Brooks’ Bunker Diary. This panel will discuss whether recent books have stepped over a line of appropriacy for the teenage audience or whether it is adults, not teenagers, who think these texts should not be shared with young people.