YALC 2019: My Weekend Round-Up

Another year, another YALC over.

This past weekend I was at one of my favourite events of the year – the Young Adult Literature Convention at the London Olympia Exhibition Centre.  This was my third time attending, and once again I had an absolutely amazing time!

This year I thought it might be nice to share some of my favourite memories of the weekend.  As well as being able to spend time around bookish people, meet some of my favourite authors and listen to brilliant panels I also got to spend the weekend with some of my dearest bookish friends.

Keep scrolling to see what we got up to!

DAY 1

After travelling down to London on the hottest day of the year, Friday dawned wet and miserable!  The queue to get into YALC on Friday morning wasn’t as effectively managed as it was in previous years, but I pretty much forgot about that when I finally got onto the exhibition floor.  The first thing I did was explore all of the stands with Beth from Booksnest to figure out the layout of the booths and decide where we wanted to go to first.  I also popped by two of my favourite stands – Fairyloot and Paper and Word!

Then it was time for the Myths and Legends panel with Ben Aaronovitch, Renee Ahdieh, K.K. Perez and Mary Watson.  This was a fascinating talk where the authors delved into the myths that have fuelled their work. Getting my copies of The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger signed by Renee was a highlight!

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Friday was also the day of the UKYA Blogger Awards!  So many of my friends were nominated this year, so I was excited to go to their panels and support them.  Plus, there were mini cupcakes at the awards!

DAY 2

Saturday was all about VE Schwab for me!  I met her at my first YALC two years ago, so I was thrilled to be able to see her again having read more of her books and fallen even more in love with her writing.  V was once again absolutely amazing and I managed to get some books signed this time!

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I also went to support my friend Mariyam at her first ever workshop for her store, Oh Panda Eyes.  She taught us all how to make a bookish necklace and I had so much fun getting to know everyone on my table as we worked.  Making necklaces is a bit trickier than I expected!

DAY 3

Sunday was my busiest day at YALC, which was unusual as usually it’s the quietest day of the weekend!  I started off by attending the New Voices of YA Fantasy panel, which was absolutely fascinating!  Adrienne Young, Bex Hogan, Christine Lynn Herman, Kesia Lupo, P.M. Freestone and Rachel Burge spent an hour discussing their debut novels and their paths into publishing – and I spent the hour listening and live tweeting as much as possible!

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Then I got to meet both Adrienne and Bex, who were both completely lovely!  Honestly, meeting and chatting to my favourite authors is one of my favourite things about YALC.

I also attended an absolutely brilliant workshop with Bex Hogan where she shared her tips and tricks for fantasy world building. Cue me getting my WIP out to have some fun!

But my absolute favourite thing about YALC is getting to spend time with the friends I’ve made thanks to our shared love of books.  This is one of the only times we get to see each other throughout the year, and it’s always the most wonderful time.  Talking books, catching up on each other’s lives, laughing together and generally having an amazing time.  It’s the best way to spend a weekend!

And last, but by no means least, I picked up some pretty amazing books and bookish merch!

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Thank you to everyone (you know who you are) who has made this weekend the best one of the year so far!  I’m already counting down the days until YALC 2020!

Until next time, Faeries x

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