YALC 2014 programme

YALC 2014 programme

Fifty authors and a host of industry experts took part in a packed programme of panel discussions and events over the course of YALC 2014. Download our at-a-glance schedule or read all the details below.


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Saturday 12 July

Panel events 

panel on stage at YALC 2014

Photograph by Rowan Spray


It's the end of the world as we know it: the ongoing appeal of dystopia

With Malorie Blackman, Sarah Crossan and Patrick Ness, chaired by James Smythe


With Divergent and Catching Fire achieving box office success and a host of hot new dystopian tales in the offing, the trend for dystopia shows no sign of fading. YALC curator and Waterstones Children's Laureate 2013-2015 Malorie Blackman is joined by fellow authors Patrick Ness and Sarah Crossan, plus chair James Smythe, to talk about why dystopian fiction appeals to young adult readers today.

Going graphic: from novels to graphic novels

With Ian Edginton, Marcus Sedgwick and Emma Vieceli, chaired by Sarah McIntyre

What are the differences between writing a novel and writing a graphic novel? How do you approach transforming an existing text into a graphic narrative? An adaptor, author and a graphic novelist come together to share their different perspectives on 'going graphic', with chair Sarah McIntyre.


Superfans unite!

With Tim O'Rourke, Rainbow Rowell and Lucy Saxon, chaired by Andy Robb


Superstar US author of Fangirl and Eleanor and Park Rainbow Rowell joins three other teen authors and self-declared superfans - Andy Robb, Lucy Saxon and Tim O'Rourke - to discuss the impact that being a fan has had on their writing.


Regenerating the Doctor: reimagining famous characters

With Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Andrew Lane, Patrick Ness and Marcus Sedgwick, chaired by Steve Cole

How do you go about putting a fresh new spin on a much-loved character? Authors Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness, Charlie Higson, Marcus Sedgwick, Andy Lane and Steve Cole discuss how they approached rebooting famous characters, from Doctor Who and James Bond to Sherlock Holmes.

Bring me my dragons: writing fantasy today

With Frances Hardinge, Amy McCulloch, Jonathan Stroud and Ruth Warburton, chaired by Marc Aplin

With Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings making fantasy increasingly popular in the mainstream, what does it mean to write fantasy for young adults today? Four authors who each take innovative approaches to the genre come together to discuss contemporary fantasy writing with blogger Marc Aplin.

Heroes of horror

With Charlie Higson, Will Hill, Derek Landy and Darren Shan, chaired by Rosie Fletcher

Heroes of horror unite: Charlie Higson, Darren Shan, Will Hill and Derek Landy come together to discuss their work with SFX's Rosie Fletcher.



workshop at YALC 2014

Photograph by Rowan Spray


  • C J Skuse: Planning and writing a kick-ass YA novel: useful tips and tricks
  • Bryony Pearce: Starting to write
  • Catherine Johnson: Writing historical fiction
  • Kim Curran: Finishing your writing
  • The art of blogging: with Holly Bourne, Natasha Ngan and Sanne Vliegenthart (Hot Key Books) chaired by Kat McKenna (Macmillan Children's Books)
  • Emma Vieceli: Getting started with graphic novels


Sunday 13 July

Panel events

The crowd at YALC 2014

Photograph by Rowan Spray


How to get published

With Phil Earle and Sally Green, chaired by Ben Horslen (Penguin Books)

Join award-winning author and industry insider Phil Earle, and this year's publishing sensation Sally Green for a panel discusison giving advice on getting published, chaired by Penguin Books editor Ben Horslen.


I'm too sexy for this book!

With Cat Clarke, Non Pratt and Beth Reekles, chaired by James Dawson

How much is too much? Authors Non Pratt, Cat Clarke and Beth Reekles will be joined by chair James Dawson for a frank discussion about sex and sexuality in YA today.

Crossover: not just for kids

With Matt Haig, Anthony McGowan, Nick Lake and Meg Rosoff, chaired by David Maybury

With books like The Fault in our Stars and The Hunger Games being read as much by adults as they are by teens themselves, we investigate the phenomenon of so-called 'crossover' books. Award-winning authors Matt Haig, Meg Rosoff and Nick Lake, together with chair David Maybury, will discuss the appeal of young adult fiction for adults, and whether there are any books that are 'just for kids'.


Sisters doing it for themselves

With Tanya Byrne, Isobel Harrop, Julie Mayhew and Holly Smale, chaired by Sarra Manning

Authors Tanya Byrne, Holly Smale, Isobel Harrop and Julie Mayhew will be joining teen queen Sarra Manning to talk about girl heroes in today's young adult fiction, and the heroines that inspired them.

Sophie McKenzie & Robert Muchamore in conversation

With Sophie McKenzie and Robert Muchamore, chaired by Damian Kelleher


Hear from two of the UK's biggest names in YA, Sophie McKenzie and Robert Muchamore, at this special in conversation event chaired by Damian Kelleher

Holly Black & Sally Gardner in conversation

With Holly Black and Sally Gardner, chaired by Jonathan Douglas

Bringing YALC to a close, this exciting event brings together superstar US author Holly Black with one of the UK's biggest names in writing for children and teenagers, Sally Gardner, to discuss fairy-tales, magic and more with chair Jonathan Douglas.



Getting a selfie at YALC 2014

Photograph by Rowan Spray


  • Garen Ewing: Create your own amazing adventure comic
  • Alexia Casale: Finding your writing voice
  • Lucy Christopher: Into the woods: writing wild settings
  • Meet the agent: speed pitching for authors, with Amanda Preston & Louise Lamont (LBA Books)
  • Movellas: fan culture & communities, with Eva Caiden and Yvonne Biggins (Movellas)


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