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YALC @ Home

19th Jul 20

While we can't celebrate YALC (YA Literacy Convention) in person this summer, the organisers have a programme of online events to meet some of our favourite YA authors, Friday 24th to Saturday 26 July.

Look out for content and competitions from across the world of YA publishing and visit the Facebook page, below, to find out how to get involved, or follow #atHomeYALC.

Here's an outline of the online programme so far - look out for more to come!



With Non Pratt and Patrice Lawrence, Chloe Heuch and Amelia Mandeville - chaired by Lisa Williamson

With a theme of Runaway YA, the authors will be discussing recent or upcoming titles where their characters have needed to run away or escape something in their lives. The panel line up is:

Lisa Williamson (chair) - First Day of My Life out in January 2021 (David Fickling Books)

Non Pratt - Every Little Piece of My Heart out in August 2020 (Walker Books)

Patrice Lawrence - Eight Pieces of Silva out in August 2020 (Hodder Children's Books)

Chloe Heuch - Too Dark to See out now (Firefly Press)

Amelia Mandeville - The Missing Pieces of Me is out in August (Sphere)

Register on Zoom via the Facebook link, below, to guarantee your place watching the session live and for your chance to ask questions. The event will be recorded and available to view afterwards.


YALC ambassador author Juno Dawson will be taking over our TWITTER feed as part of #atHomeYALC. You will be able to ask your questions about her recent book WONDERLAND and all things YA related. Make sure you use the #askJuno hashtag on the day


The author of It Only Happens in the Movies and the queen of UKYA, @hollybourneya , will be taking part in an Instagram Live in conversation with Lucy Cuthew. @lucycuthew is the debut author of Blood Moon (Walker Books), in which Lucy breaks down taboos in a fearless, funny and empowering way. There will also be a chance to put questions to Lucy.


With Lauren James, Kat Ellis, Deidre Sullivan - chaired by Lauren James, each of the authors will be talking about how they have approached the supernatural in their new or upcoming books:

Lauren James - The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker out in September (Walker Books)

Kat Ellis - Harrow Lake, out now (Penguin)

Deidre Sullivan - Savage Her Reply, publishing in October (Little Island)



With Abiola Bello and Joseph Elliott, talking about their upcoming fantasy novels and representation, chaired by Alexia Casale

Abiola Bella - Emily Knight, I am Becoming, out in September (Hashtag Press)

Joseph Elliott - The Good Hawk (out now) and book two, The Broken Raven, coming in January 2021 (Walker Books)


With Lucy Cuthew, Holly Bourne, Kate Weston and Nikita Gill

Lucy Cuthew - Blood Moon, out now (Walker Books)

Holly Bourne - The Spinster Club Series / The Places I've Cried in Public, out now (Usborne Books)

Kate Weston - Diary of a Confused Feminist Book 2 coming in February 2021 (Hodder)

Nikita Gill - The Girl and the Goddess, coming in October (Ebury Press)


With Walker Books authors, Neal Shusterman, Angie Thomas, Patrick Ness and Maggie Tokuda Hall, chaired by Katherine Webber

Neal Shusterman - Challenger Deep, coming in August (Walker Books)

Angie Thomas - Concrete Rose, prequel to The Hate You Give, publishing in January 2021 (Walker Books)

Patrick Ness - Burn, out now (Walker Books)

Maggie Tokuda - The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea, coming in September 2020 (Walker Books)

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