Book Events

Event News: YALC Pop Up Event.


After a very successful YA Lit Con in the summer, this Sunday sees a pop up event as part of London Film and Comic Con Winter. From the YALC website:

We’re delighted to announce that YALC will be popping up at the London Film and Comic Con Winter event, on Sunday 19 October, with two special spin-off panel events.

At 1.00pm, Hey YA! will bring together YALC favourites James Dawson and Non Pratt with superstar US author James Frey to discuss all things young adult fiction – what YA is, who reads it and why we love it – chaired by YALC’s Katherine Woodfine. (James Frey will also be doing a solo event at 2.00pm followed by a signing session.)

At 3.00pm, join us for Female Characters in Fantasy Fiction – a panel discussion exploring gender and genre with Laure Eve, Zoe Marriott and Samantha Shannon, chaired by Liz de Jager.

Each event will be followed by a one-hour book signing, with books available to buy from our Waterstones bookshop. Events are free with a ticket to London Film and Comic Con.

Tickets to London Film and Comic Con will be available to purchase on the door from 9am, priced ay £15 for early bird tickets (entry from 9.00am) and £8 for standard tickets (entry from 11.00am). For more information about Winter LFCC and tickets, see the website:

This sounds like a great opportunity to hear some great authors speak – if I was in London I’d definitely be going along.

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First YA convention for the UK.

Today, Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman announced the first ever UK convention focusing solely on Young Adult literature. It will take place at London Film and Comic Con, and over two days will feature talks, signings, workshops and more. You can find out more information here at the Children’s Laureate website.

I’m really excited by this prospect, I’ve become a keen convention attendee and have been to a few literary festivals, both large and small, so can imagine what a wonderful event this is going to be. The fact that Malorie Blackman is going to be curating it fills me with delight, since being appointed as Children’s Laureate earlier this year she has worked hard to keep children’s literacy and libraries as a prominent discussion point so I’m sure she’s going to spearhead a fantastic event.