Sunday, 31 July 2016

EVENT REPORT: YALC 2016


Yesterday I went to YALC for the second year in a row. YALC is the UK's only YA Literature Convention, so obviously I'm a huge fan and I was so excited to go again, especially as it was my highlight of last year!

I was so anxious but I dealt with it much better than last year, and a couple of you gorgeous people came up to me and said that my post on YALC and anxiety made you feel better - which made me feel better! This year it was much busier and there seemed to be more going on, so my schedule was packed. Here's what went down...

We got there over an hour late which meant I missed my first panel for the second year running, but I was there in time for the second panel, Squad Goals, with Anna James, Sarra Manning, Sara Barnard and Holly Bourne (who I recently filmed a video with!) It was SUCH a good panel - the best and most interesting one I've ever watched - and I felt so inspired.


Then I was off to my first signings: Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel of the Sands) and Kass Morgan (The 100). Unfortunately, though unsurprisingly, Alwyn's queue was so long that I had to abandon it after a while, but I still got to meet Kass!


After that, I desperately wanted to go to the Teenage Soundtrack: Music in YA panel with Sophia Bennett, Non Pratt, Chris Russell and Simon Mayo, but I was still getting things signed. It's alright, though, because I'd already met Simon Mayo at a Penguin event (how very swish of me), and I still had time to meet Chris and Sophia! Chris was awesome and it was great to meet him after having chatted a bit on Twitter. It was lovely to finally meet Sophia, too - she's one of the first authors I ever spoke to, and we've kept in touch ever since! It was actually on my 50 before 13 bucket list to go to one of her signings. Only five years late, but better that than never...



I also got to meet the amazing Keris Stainton! We've known each other online since I was practically still a foetus, and YALC gave us the chance to finally meet. Keris is such a talented writer and I highly recommend her books!


Next, I rushed over to Laure Eve's unofficial signing at the Faber & Faber stand, where I also did a lot of fangirling with the guy running it...


...before rushing over to the Secrets & Lies panel with Sarah Crossan, Keren David, Sophie Kinsella and Annabel Pitcher, in conversation with Chelsey Pippin. They played a fun game of 2 Truths, 1 Lie and talked about what secrets and lies can add to a book. The authors were signing afterwards, so I went to meet Sophie and Keren, as well as Lauren James (The Next Together) and Honor and Perdita Cargill (Waiting for Callback).


And that was it! There were more panels and signings but I'd done all I wanted to do, so after another quick whip around the publisher stands, we made our way to Gourmet Burger Kitchen (ALL THE YESES) before driving home. It was a loooong day, and I'm so happy with the amount of people I got to meet. Not bad considering I'd only fallen asleep at 4am, with an alarm set for 4:30am. Ouch.

As well as the authors above, I also met a surprising amount of readers/viewers of my blog and YouTube channel! There were way more this year and I wasn't expecting it at all - it was lovely! I didn't get everyone's names and there were some that I only saw and recognised from afar, so I'm not going to list everyone here, but I loved getting to fangirl about books with so many people in person rather than online.

Haul time!


Before you hate me for being 'greedy', a lot of this was picked up for a friend who couldn't make it and for my mum's goddaughter who loves books but also couldn't go. Plus, I was conscious of the fact that I wanted to do a giveaway, as I know what it's like to see everyone having a great time at YALC without you. It sucks, so I like to try and bring a little bit of YALC to you, instead. Unfortunately, though, this is only open to residents of the UK - sorry! Good luck.

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I love YALC and I am so grateful for the hard work the organising committee, publishers and authors put in to make it happen. It's so needed and I love that it brings people together. Did you go to YALC? Are you planning to go next year? Let me know!

18 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you had a good time! And thank you for the fabulous giveaway for us poor souls who couldn't attend! <3

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    1. Shame you couldn't come, it would've been great to meet you!

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  2. I went to the Friday this year which was my first time at YALC. It was so much fun and I bought a stupid amount (27) of books! Next year I really want to go to all three days. At the moment, I'm just finishing editing my review of YALC to go up in 2 hours... I actually mention you in it... I wish my photos were as good as this but I forgot to take any so they're all blurry :( I'd love to se you at YALC next year

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    1. 27?! How did you get those home?! I'd love to meet you next time, too - sad to have missed you this year!

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  3. This sounds incredible. So glad you had a wonderful time, your photos are adorable! :)

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  4. YALC looked amazing this year but we live too far away 😟 Maybe next year! You looked to have a great time X.

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  5. Lovely post- your photos are amazing! It looks like you had an amazing time, I hope to go next year. I forgot to book tickets with my exams going on, and then I ended up with a throat infection this weekend! I would have been upset to have cancelled if I had booked tickets. It is great how you are doing a giveaway for people who couldn't go! x

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  6. It looks like you had a great time at YALC!
    I was there this year on the Friday and loved it, I can't wait to go again next year and really wish there were more YA events in the UK.

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  7. So glad you had a good day.

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  8. I saw you! I remember your gorgeous blouse but didn't realise it was you! Gutted I didn't say hi - next time!

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  9. I first heard about YALC earlier this year and almost bought tickets but didn't in the end because none of my friends could or wanted to go. But after seeing everyone's tweets and blogs I'm going to go next year no matter what. You all looked like you were having such a great time!

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  10. Gutted I couldn't be there - it looked awesome! Although I did see what was happening through Twitter. Glad you had a great time and thanks for the giveaway :)

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  11. I'm so glad you had a great time!! I unfortunately couldn't make it this year but it was lovely to see that everyone seemed to enjoy it so much.

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  12. What a brilliant haul - and no one should apologise for buying too many books! I'm writing YA at the moment so obviously need to go to this next year...

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  13. Wow! YALC looks like it was a ton of fun!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway.

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  14. I need to go to YALC one year!

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  15. Brilliant post!! Loved seeing all of the pictures and goodies you gathered from the event. Really want to go there some day. <33

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  16. This looks so exciting! YA is so important because each story helps people understand different issues - be it in love, friendship, families or something else. People really should give it the respect it deserves.

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