YALC 2015 programme
Below you'll find details of 2015's events on the main stage, in the workshop area, and in the agent arena.
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- YALC Friday programme ( PDF 177 KB)
- YALC Saturday programme (PDF 198 KB)
- YALC Sunday programme (PDF 215 KB)
Thrills and chills: Writing Horror
Get YALC 2015 off to a spooky and spine-chilling start with this panel event. Feel the fear as our fantastic panel of authors Will Hill, Dawn Kurtagich, Lou Morgan, Darren Shan and Matt Whyman discuss the resurgence of horror and psychological thrillers, and the ongoing appeal of scary tales.
Apocalypse now: new directions in dystopia
What's the future for dystopia? Five authors who have put their own distinctive spin on the genre come together to discuss what apocalypse looks like now - and where it might be headed to next. Book Trust's Gemma Malley will be talking to Virginia Bergin, Francesca Haig, Marie Rutkoski, Teri Terry and Moira Young.
Page and Screen: Robot Overlords & Gemini Force One
What are the differences between writing for the page or the screen? Find out in this session bringing together co-creator of Robot Overlords Mark Stay with the team behind Gemini Force One, MG Harris and Jamie Anderson.
Mark Stay will be talking about his experiences of writing both film script and novelisation for Robot Overlords, and sharing some behind the scenes insights; whilst MG Harris and Jamie Anderson will discuss how they collaborated on their new series, originally devised and developed by Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson before his death.
Meet Derek Landy
Join international bestseller and YALC favourite Derek Landy for this event, which will celebrate his hit Skulduggery Pleasant series - as well as introducing fans to his brand new YA trilogy Demon Road, coming in September 2015.
Book Trust and MuggleNet Present: Harry Potter Party!
Bringing the first day to a close, join us to celebrate the launch of YALC at our Harry Potter party! Test out your Potter knowledge with MuggleNet's GNOMEs (that's Gruellingly Nauseous and Onerous MuggleNet Exercises), come in your best Harry Potter cosplay for the chance to enter our competition and win amazing prizes, and enjoy lots more Harry Potter fun.
Building worlds: Lucy Inglis
Join Lucy Inglis, author of City of Halves and Crow Mountain for a creative writing workshop exploring how to imagine and create new settings and build worlds in your own writing.
Cosplay for Beginners: Lucy Saxon and Friends
Want to have a go at cosplay but not sure where to start? Author and cosplay queen Lucy Saxon will lead this workshop offering a beginner's guide to cosplay, with the help of a few of her London Film and Comic Con friends. Take inspiration from your favourite books to come up with some great cosplay concepts.
Creating characters: LA Weatherly
How do you go about creating believable characters in your writing? Join author of the Angel trilogy LA Weatherly for this workshop session, in which you'll create a character as a group and then build a story around them.
Back by popular demand for 2015!
For those who want to learn more about getting published, head to our Agents' Arena. Each day of YALC, you'll find a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one pitching sessions with authors and literary agents from the Bent Agency and LBA Books, who will help demystify the publishing process. On Friday this will include:
2.30-3.30pm Talk: Publishing 101
4.00-5.00pm Individual 1-2-1 sessions
5.30-6.30pm Author and agent talk: Gemma Cooper & Harriet Reuter Hapgood
YA: The Next Generation
The future of YA is bright! Join Samantha Shannon for this session uniting some of the brightest new talent in writing for young adults. Four young authors - Alice Oseman, Lucy Saxon, Helena Coggan and Taran Matharu will be talking to her about their experiences of writing for young people, and looking ahead to what's next for YA.
Shadowhunters: Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan
Shadowhunters unite! Meet Cassandra Clare, bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments in this exciting event. Cassandra will be interviewed by her friend, fellow author and collaborator Sarah Rees Brennan: find out more about her books and her inspiration, as well as what's next for the Shadowhunter universe.
Being a Girl: Feminism and YA today
Taking its cue from Hayley Long's new book Being a Girl, this panel session will explore female characters and feminist themes in contemporary YA writing. Join YALC founder Malorie Blackman and fellow authors CJ Daugherty, Laura Dockrill, Hayley Long and Holly Smale for a lively discussion about why feminism matters chaired by We Love This Book's Anna James.
Charlie Higson & Arabella Weir in conversation
If you loved The Fast Show, don't miss our very special panel session reuniting two comedy stars turned YA authors! The irrepressible Charlie Higson and Arabella Weir will be talking about reading, writing, and their experience of moving from TV comedy stardom to writing for teens in this laugh-a-minute event chaired by The Guardian's Emily Drabble.
Carrie Hope Fletcher's YALC Book Club
Carrie Hope Fletcher has captured the imagination of hundreds of thousands of young people with her YouTube channel ItsWayPastMyBedtime, and has done so again with her first book All I Know Now. For YALC, she'll be joining us to host a very special live Book Club session, with author guests Samantha Shannon, Holly Smale and YALC founder Malorie Blackman.
Judy Blume & Patrick Ness in conversation
We're delighted to be welcoming the original Queen of Teen, Judy Blume, to YALC 2015. In this very special event she will be talking to award-winning author and Judy Blume superfan Patrick Ness about everything from the 40th anniversary of YA classic Forever, to her brand new adult novel In the Unlikely Event.
Hunger Games Quiz
Bringing Saturday to a close, join the eccentric host of The Hunger Games Caesar Flickerman for the ultimate quiz about Suzanne Collins's phenomenal book trilogy.
Fans of the series are invited to test their knowledge of the books by joining or forming a team and pitting themselves against the others in Panem for the chance to win fantastic Hunger Games prizes - come dressed either in Capital Couture or District dress.
The first ever official UK Hunger Games quiz and an event not to be missed. May the odds be ever in your favour!
Getting started with creative writing: Julia Bell & Paul Magrs
Want to try your hand at writing, but not sure where to start? Join YA authors and co-editors of The Creative Writing Coursebook Paul Magrs and Julia Bell for an introductory workshop to help you take the first steps.
Editing yourself: Alexia Casale
How do you edit and improve your own work? Author of The Bone Dragon and House of Windows Alexia Casale will lead this interactive workshop, focusing on how to refine and improve your writing.
Writing YALC: Anna McKerrow
Led by Book Trust's Anna McKerrow, in this workshop you will have the chance to document YALC itself by collecting found text, heard words and other ephemera and weaving it into a collaborative piece of writing. Join into uncover the hidden and oddly lyrical stories of YALC 2015!
Short stories: Julie Mayhew
Short stories are one of the most exciting forms of writing, with the power to excite, inspire, challenge and provoke readers. If you've ever wanted to try your hand at writing them, this is your chance. Join author of Red Ink and The Big Lie Julie Mayhew to find out how to get started.
Minecraft: From Game to Book: Eleanor Fletcher, Alex Wiltshire & Stephanie Milton
How did a game become a bestselling book series? Join Minecraft team Eleanor Fletcher, Alex Wiltshire and Stephanie Milton for this seminar session looking at how Minecraft became a publishing phenomenon.
Writing with the Tarot: Anna McKerrow
From Maggie Stiefvater to Moira Fowley-Doyle, lots of current YA books feature tarot readings - but did you know that these symbolic and beautiful cards can also help you to write? In this workshop, Anna McKerrow, author of Crow Moon, takes you through some fun writing activities using tarot cards as prompts.
Back by popular demand for 2015!
For those who want to learn more about getting published, head to our Agents' Arena. Each day of YALC, you'll find a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one pitching sessions with authors and literary agents from the Bent Agency and LBA Books, who will help demystify the publishing process. On Saturday this will include:
11.30am-12.30pm Talk: Publishing 101
1.00-2.00pm Individual 1-2-1 sessions
2.30-3.30pm Author and agent talk: Molly Ker Hawn & Kat Ellis
4.00-5.00pm Talk: Behind the Scenes in Publishing: being published in the US and UK - what's the difference?
Mental Health in YA
As part our our 'What is Normal?' strand, we'll be speaking out about mental health in books for young adults. Authors Holly Bourne, Brian Conaghan, Annabel Pitcher and Matt Whyman will be exploring the representation of mental health issues in YA today with chair Imogen Russell Williams.
Bringing sexy back
If you loved last year's I'm Too Sexy for this Book session, don't miss this follow-on panel. Queen of Teen James Dawson will be back to chair this laugh-out-loud, no-holds-barred discussion about sex and sexuality in teen fiction, joined by fellow YA Prize shortlisted and winning authors Non Pratt, Louise O'Neill, Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison.
Between fantasy and reality
How far do science-fiction and fantasy authors take inspiration from real life events for their novels? A line-up of leading authors- Ben Aaranovitch, Amy Alward, Sally Green, Frances Hardinge, Melinda Salisbury and chair James Smythe - discuss the borderlines between fantasy and reality.
Troubled teens: dark subjects
How dark is too dark? Are there any subjects that shouldn't be included in writing for teenagers? Carnegie Medal winner Kevin Brooks is joined by Moira Fowley-Doyle, Clare Furniss, Sarah Pinborough and Jenny Valentine for a lively discussion of these frequently debated questions with Book Trust's Gemma Malley.
LGBT in YA
As part of our 'What is Normal?' strand, we look at the increasingly strong depiction of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters in YA books. James Dawson, Liz Kessler, Den Patrick and Lisa Williamson will be talking about how LGBT is reflected in YA today with chair Julia Bell.
Sir Terry and Me: Being inspired by Terry Pratchett
Sir Terry Pratchett, who died earlier this year, inspired a generation of readers and writers with books ranging from his much-loved Discworld series to Dodger, his recent spin on Dickens's Oliver Twist. In this very special YALC event to celebrate his life and books, including his the final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown publishing in August, Patrick Ness, Derek Landy and Frances Hardinge will discuss how Pratchett has influenced them and their work with chair Imogen Russell Williams
From writer to performer
What's the relationship between writing and performance? Four writers who are also spoken word artists come together for this lively event to conclude YALC 2015: Alex Wheatle, Steve Camden, Laura Dockrill and Nikesh Shukla will be performing their work as well as talking about how performance impacts on their writing.
Author and Editor: A J Grainger & Non Pratt
Find out more about how authors and editors work together in this seminar session as part of our 'Behind the Scenes in Publishing' strand. Join editors-turned-YA authors A J Grainger and Non Pratt, who will shine a light on the process of writing and editing.
Book blogging for beginners
Join some of the winners of the first ever UKYA Blogger Awards and author Andy Robb for this practical workshop session covering the basics of book blogging for beginners. Find out how to get started writing a book blog, and get tips, advice and great ideas from some award-winning blogging experts.
Taking your blog to the next level
Already blogging about books, but want to take it to the next level? Join some of the winners of the first ever UKYA Blogger Awards, plus author Andy Robb, for this session aimed at established book bloggers who want some ideas and strategies for developing their existing blogs, creating more great content, and making the most of social media. A great opportunity to meet and chat with fellow blogging enthusiasts.
Writing for screen and page with Joe Abercrombie
Find out more about writing in this seminar session with leading fantasy author Joe Abercrombie. He'll be bringing his experience of working in TV and film to this session, exploring writing for the screen as well as the page. The seminar will provide the opportunity to hear Joe talk about his books and TV work and to ask questions about bringing his ideas to life across these different media.
True Face Workshop: Siobhan Curham
It's time to unmask the real you! Author Siobhan Curham leads a workshop inspired by her book True Face - an inspirational guide to helping your true self shine. With the help of inspiring examples and fun interactive exercises, you will shake off your fears and the pressures of a perfection-obsessed society and learn how to bring your true self out to play.
Booktubing for Beginners
Want to get started making your own book themed Youtube videos or vlogs? Join Sanne Vliengenthart (aka @booksandquills) and friends for this workshop, including everything you need to get you started.
Back by popular demand for 2015! For those who want to learn more about getting published, head to our Agents' Arena. Each day of YALC, you'll find a series of workshops, talks and one-to-one pitching sessions with authors and literary agents from the Bent Agency and LBA Books, who will help demystify the publishing process. On Sunday this will include:
11.30am-12.30pm Talk: Publishing 101
1.00-2.00pm Individual 1-2-1 sessions
2.30-3.30pm Author and agent talk
4.00-5.00pm Talk: Behind the Scenes in Publishing: Louise Lamont & Julie Mayhew
Authors taking part in YALC will be taking part in (a) book signing session(s) on the day(s) of their events.
The majority of authors will be signing for a two hour period immediately after their event has concluded. Please see the downloadable schedules for all the details.
A range of drop-in activities will be taking place each day of YALC - check back soon for more information.
Don't forget that our YALC Waterstones bookshop, and a whole host of publisher stands will also be available to visit throughout the weekend!