HEARTSTOPPERS: ORCHARD & OSEMAN
Alice Oseman secured her first publishing deal at 17 with her critically acclaimed YA debut Solitaire. Since then, she has written about the rigors of contemporary teenage life in the UK, including in her LGBTQ+YA romance webcomic series Heartstopper (now optioned for TV). Sam Orchard is the creator of ten-years-old web comic Rooster Tales which explores themes of mental health, transidentity and caring for a food-obsessed cat; and the author of Family Portraits, a series of short comic stories amplifying rainbow community stories. Together with Julie Hill they discuss their work, their love of the graphic format, and why it is so vital to see oneself reflected in the fictions on our shelves.