Leading YA authors such as Cassandra Clare, Malorie Blackman and Patrick Ness are taking part in this year’s Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC), which will run alongside the London Film and Comic Con (LFCC) in July.
The line-up for this year’s event, announced today (12th March) by organiser Booktrust, also includes C J Daugherty, Derek Landy, Arabella Weir, Charlie Higson and Carrie Hope Fletcher.
Blackman, who spearheaded YALC last year as part of her laureateship, said: “I am so delighted that YALC is back for a second year. Last year’s inaugural event had something for every story lover, and this year’s YALC promises to be bigger, bolder and even better than before.”
The three-day convention will be run in partnership with Showmasters, the organisers of the LFCC, and will include a programme of author events, hands-on workshop sessions, drop-in activities and book-signing sessions. This year’s event will also feature appearances from some of the authors shortlisted for The YA Book Prize, a brand new prize for UK and Irish YA books from The Bookseller.
Last year, thousands of people attended the event, which included discussions on feminism, sex and how to get published.
One panel of authors talked about the crossover appeal of YA, with author Anthony McGowan saying that the “intensity” of being a teen attracts him to writing YA and Nick Lake noting that YA readers seem to be “more willing to read across genres” than adult readers.
This year’s event will take place 17th-19th July at Olympia. Tickets are now on sale via the LFCC website.