Today I wanted to highlight a bookish event going on in the UK. This is only the second year it has run so it’s a very new thing. While I saw many bloggers post about this event last year suggesting it’s widely known about, I thought I would mention it here just in case because I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out!
YALC is the UK’s first young adult literature convention and is held in London over three days with 40+ authors in attendance. It gives readers the chance to have books signed by their favourite authors, visit panels about bookish subjects and even take part in workshops and more!
If you’re from the UK, and are anything like me, you’ve probably seen all the amazing book events that go on around America such as BEA and YALLFEST and have pined with desperation at all the amazing photos and bookish goodness, secretly resenting your parents for not living in a book friendly part of the world! I think this is why YALC is so exciting, not only does it show that the YA genre is finally being taken more seriously and is here to stay, but it’s also suggests that organizations are finally responding to popular demand by finding ways that both readers and the book industry can benefit from getting together around the world, celebrating our love of books and inspiring this feeling in others.
July of this year will be my first time attending YALC, as I was unable to go last year. I have never gone to a book event of this magnitude, so I will be equally excited and intimidated! Unfortunately, I’m only going for one day as travel and tickets are expensive, but if I enjoy it enough I might see if I can go for longer next year if it runs again.
Since booking my ticket, I have gotten together a YALC to-read stack, aka, a pile of books from all the authors that are supposed to be at the event, whether officially or unofficially as book lovers. It’s a bit frustrating at the moment because there isn’t an official programme up and only a couple of authors have been confirmed for specific days. So basically, I have no idea who will be there on the day I go other than Cassandra Clare and Judy Blume. So, my aim is to try and get through as many of these as I can so that I will hopefully get the max enjoyment out of my experience!
Since I know that Cassandra Clare is definitely going, and I have never read a single one of her books, I’m also making The Mortal Instruments series a priority. I’m so excited to delve into this series because it has a huge following of passionate fans, and I want in! Here’s hoping I like it as much as everyone else.
If you’re interested in going to YALC there are still tickets available, and details can be found on this website.
Will you be going to YALC? Did you go last year? Do you ever wish that the country you live in held more book related events in your area? Let me know if you have any tips to help me survive attending my first book convention! 🙂