This has been an exciting week for UK YA fans – the first UK Young Adult Literature Convention, hosted by Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman and London Film and Comic Con, will be happening this summer.
Even more exciting? The initial list of attending authors have been announced! The full list of names announced so far:
- Malorie Blackman
- James Dawson
- Matt Haig
- Derek Landy
- Sophie McKenzie
- Patrick Ness
- Natasha Ngan
- Darren Shan
- Ruth Warburton
Already there are some huge UK authors announced; I’m extremely excited to see who else will be attending this summer! Here is some more information on the convention that will be occurring at Earl’s Court, London on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July 2014:
YALC will bring together all the UK’s YA publishers to provide a host of author events in a dedicated Book Zone, with talks, workshops, signings, a book sales area and publisher stands promoting new and upcoming titles. Blackman will act as a curator for the two-day convention, uniting authors and publishers throughout the UK community.
I’m sure more news regarding authors and buying tickets will be announced soon, but keep up to date on YALC by checking the Children’s Laureate website and also the official Twitter account for the convention: @yalc_uk
I’m genuinely so thrilled that the UK is recognising the nation’s love for YA and the power it holds over the publishing industry – I can’t wait to attend!
Will you be attending?