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YALC Author Announcements and TBR


IMG_20180805_161923_486YALC authors have finally been announced, which is exciting! This means I can finally plan my YALC TBR and get excited! I know I’m the only one who found the mass announcement confusing and overwhelming. So I’ve compiled a list of all authors and panels from the original announcement to make it easier to find and decide when you want to go. Schedules are going up on the LFCC/YALC site May 3rd, you can also find ticket and accessibility info there.

Author line-up



  • Be Kind to Your Mind with Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Emma Smith-Barton, Amelia Mandeville and Akemi Dawn Bowman.
  • It’s A #Life with Yasmin Rahman, Tom Pollock, Savannah Brown, Michelle Johnson, Laura Steven and Alice Oseman.
  • In Conversation with Derek Landy and Eoin Colder
  • 10 Things I Love About YA Retellings with Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Renée Ahdieh, Sharon Dogar and Zoe Marriott.
  • Myths & Legends with Ben Aaronovitch, KK Perez and Mary Watson
  • Contemporary New Voices with Anna Mainwaring, Clare Rees, Dan Freedman, Kate Mallinder and Sabina Khan


  • How to write a feminist rom com with Anna Mainwaring
  • Make your own fandom inspired ribbon bookmark with Literary Galaxy
  • B/Vlogging too tips with YA Shot
  • Working with publishers and authors as a B/Vlogger with YA Shot
  • Is it romantic or just creepy? with Holly Bourne
  • Self-care is a superpower with Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • How to write  authentically for young adults with YA Book Prize shortlisted authors



  • Mystical YA with Melinda Salisbury, Sarah Maria Griffin, V.E. Schwab, Vic James, Yaba Badoe and Zen Cho.
  • Whose Rhyme Is It Anyway? with Dean Atta, Sophia Thakur and Steven Camden
  • In Conversation with Malorie Blackman and Juno Dawson
  • Chiller Thrillers with Emily Barr, Holly Jackson, Karen M. McManus, M.A. Bennett and Sif Sigmarsdottir
  • Celebrate Every Body with Bethany Rutter, Dhonielle Clayton, Juno Dawson, Laura Bates and Moira Fowley-Doyle,
  • The World of Illustration and Concept Art with Jim Kay
  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Lit with Alexandra Sheppard, Connie Glynn, Holly Smale, Jess Vallance, Lucy Powrie and Simon James Green.
  • YALC Cosplay Masquerade & Meet-Up: I’m assuming more info on this will go up with the schedule.


  • Bookish jewellery making with Oh Panda Eyes
  • Let’s get dramatic with Odd Voice Out Publishing
  • The silent heart’s speech: the poetry with us with Sophia Thakur
  • OMG! Design a deity with  Alexandra Sheppard
  • What have you done today to make you feel PROUD? with Stripes
  • Free to be me: Pride workshop with Dom&Ink
  • Be the change with Odd Voice Out Publishing



  • Monsters and Their Makers with Justina Ireland, Kristen Ciccarelli, Natasha Ngan, Samantha Shannon and Taran Matharu.
  • New Masculinity with David Owen, Nikesh Shukla and Samuel Pollen
  • One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For YA with Alastair Reynolds, Lauren James, Sasha Alsberg and Temi Oh
  • Not All Books Are Fiction with Laura Coryton, Lauren Sharkey, Lex Croucher, Niellah Arboine and Sara Jafari.
  • Master Your Own Journey with Alex Wheatle, Lisa Heathfield, Patrice Lawrence and Sarah Ann Juckes
  • New Voices of YA Fantasy with Adrienne Young, Bex Hogan, Christine Lynn Herman, Kesia Lupo, P.M. Freestone and Rachel Burge.


  • Activism with Lauren Sharkey
  • Creating Talliston: How an author’s imagination built Britain’s most extraordinary home with John Tarrow
  • Make your mark. Raise your voice. SING like no one’s listening with Vanessa Jones
  • All the feels: how writing about emotions helps us understand them with Samuel Pollen
  • World building with Bex HoganB
  • How to get an agent and get published with Sarah Ann Juckes
  • Behind the cover with Dianna Souza

The full schedule, including times can be found and downloaded here.

Who I’m excited for:

  • David Owen – This is my third year going and going to David’s signing is always part of my schedule, it’s a YALC tradition for me. I’m also using this as an excuse to add a couple more colours to my The Fallen Children to my ever growing collection,
  • Derek Landy – I have my books, t-shirt and tote ready! I can’t tell you just how excited I am, I’ve missed every London tour date since becoming a fan of his books! It’s going to be epic and already top priority for Friday!
  • Sara Barnard – There’s a theme here, I’m a creature of habit and enjoy supporting my favourite authors. I’ll definitely find the time to.go to Sara’s signing!
  • Malorie Blackman – The last time I got to hear Malorie talk about her books was back when the Love Hurts anthology came out. Really looking forward to both her panel and signing.
  • M.A. Bennett – I’m so happy Marina has been invited, and is back again. The lovely people at Hot Key Books organised a signing last year, to be invited is so excited. I Definitely recommend going to see her!
  • Natasha Ngan – I missed out Natasha’s recent signing in Forbidden Planet and was gutted, I’m so happy she’s going to be there and can’t wait to meet her!
  • Jim Kay – Who isn’t excited about Jim Kay?! By far one of the biggest surprises, I’m definitely going to try my luck meeting him!

I hope this post helps you out a little, and makes planning easier. I  was going to include my YALC TBR here too but I think it will make this too long. I’ll have one up in the next week hopefully.

Are you going to YALC this year, who are you excited to see there? Let me know in the comments!

13 thoughts on “YALC Author Announcements and TBR”

  1. I love how you have some traditions for meeting the same authors every year and that there’s some you’re really excited to meet for the first time too!


  2. Wow! I hope you have fun meeting and interacting with all the authors!!

    This is my first year in the UK and I so wanted to visit but the weekend is my husband’s birthday and we are going to celebrate it in Scotland!!


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