The three authors have faced controversy for works that tackle subjects that some consider too 'adult' for the genre. At this discussion, they examine the limits of YA fiction and how they write about experiences different to their own.
Robert Muchamore is known for his spy series Cherub and Henderson's Boys. His books have sold over 14 million copies worldwide, have been translated into 24 languages, and have been number one bestsellers in eight countries including the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
Juno Dawson is the author of 11 books, including the best-selling World Book Day title Spot the Difference and her recent adult memoir, The Gender Games. Dawson is a regular contributor to Attitude, GT, Glamour and The Guardian and has contributed to news items concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education on national television and radio. Juno's new book, Clean, follows the story of a young girl's battle with heroin addiction.
Melvin Burgess is regarded as one of the best writers in contemporary children's literature, having won the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his acclaimed novel Junk. Melvin lives in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire, the setting of The Lost Witch. He had short stories published and a play broadcast on Radio 4 before publishing his first novel, The Cry of the Wolf, in 1990.