YALC 2016

At the end of July the Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) took place in London as part of the London Film and Comic Con. I attended this event last year and had the best time so I was excited to be going back.

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It was a bit different for me this year as I had booked the YALC tickets before booking a trip to New York and both fell on the same weekend. I’d considered not making the trip (because it is a long one) but decided not to waste it and to make the effort as I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t. So I got up at 4am on Saturday to get a 6am train, meaning I’d get to the venue just after 9am.

Once there, I explored the book stalls, the Waterstones store, the panel area, and the lower levels, which is where I found the Iron Throne…

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My favourite thing about the day was meeting people (and being surrounded by books!) as it usually is. The first familiar face I saw was Sophie, head of publicity at the Harper HQ stand. It was great to meet Sophie, who kindly gave me an ARC of CJ Skuse’s The Deviants.

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I also had chance to to meet and chat to lots of lovely friends: Jasmine at Chicken House, Olivia at Scholastic, Lucy of Queen of Contemporary, Michelle of Tales of Yesterday and Michelle from Fluttering Butterflies, Sally – The Dark Dictator, and  Emily at Electric Monkey, Lauren James, Dawn Kurtagich, and Melinda Salisbury. I also went searching for Catherine Doyle before I went home and it was amazing to finally meet — I’m a big fan of the Vendetta series and just of Cat in general.

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My favourite panel of the day was the Horror panel at 3pm. I actually left right after so I could go to the Oxford Street Lush, have some dinner, and catch my train home. Dawn Kurtagich and Derek Landy were both brilliant, and Dawn was kind enough to sign my books for me before I left.CooybHzXEAA8_BiI got back home about 10pm and still had to pack for NYC and get up at 6 the next morning, but that’s a whole other blog post…