The first UK Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) took place at the London Film and Comic Con from 12-13 July 2014.
YALC formed a key part of Malorie Blackman's wider campaign to champion books for young people throughout her two years as Children's Laureate.
The event brought together over 50 leading YA authors for a programme of talks, workshops and signings, a bookshop provided by Waterstones and publisher stands promoting new and upcoming titles. The event was the first large-scale public literature convention dedicated entirely to teen and young adult books ever to be hosted in the UK, and saw thousands of young people attending a weekend of events celebrating reading.
Photograph by Rowan Spray
Malorie Blackman said:
We are incredibly lucky to have such a wealth of fantastic children's authors and illustrators in this country who create incredible stories for young adults to enjoy. It's so important to encourage, sustain and where necessary instil a love of reading in our teenagers. Reading opens doors and creates life opportunities. That's why I want to do my utmost to promote YA books for all our young (and older!) readers.
YALC 2014 was supported by Prudential plc and the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society.