The UK’s First Young Adult Literature Convention will Return to the London Film and Comic Con in July 2015

YA superstars including Malorie Blackman, Cassandra Clare, Derek Landy and Patrick Ness will join this year’s line-up at The UK’s first Young Adult literature convention will return to the London Film and Comic Con in July 2015.

YALC, the UK’s first Young Adult Literature Convention will return to the London Film and Comic Con this year with leading Young Adult authors including US YA superstar Cassandra Clare set to take part in this year’s programme. YALC first took place in July 2014, launched by Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2013-2015 Malorie Blackman as one of her major Laureate initiatives. 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, featuring 50 Young Adult authors.

As part of her laureateship, Blackman was keen to highlight the wealth of authors writing for teenagers and young people, an area currently enjoying a boom in popularity: sales of YA books increased by 25% in 2014 in the UK (Nielsen BookScan).

Following the huge success of this first event, which was described as ‘a hit’ by The Telegraph and ‘a +1 for publishing’ by FutureBook, reading charity Booktrust are continuing the event in 2015, as a key legacy for Malorie Blackman’s laureateship.

Blackman, who will end her tenure as Waterstones Children’s Laureate in June, said:

“I am so delighted that YALC is back for a second year. Last year’s inaugural event, as part of London Film and Comic Con, had something for every story lover, and this year’s YALC promises to be bigger, bolder and even better than before.”

Claire Shanahan, Head of Arts at Booktrust, said:

“To all the doubters who say that young people don’t read: you obviously haven’t been to YALC. That hot and crazy weekend last July proved that books sit alongside film, TV, music, even the latest internet phenomenon, in their affections. We’re delighted to be working with Showmasters to build a legacy for Malorie’s laureateship, and to be adding YALC to our portfolio of offerings for young people alongside our online teen book club, and the new BBC Young Writers Award with Booktrust.”
YALC 2015 will take place in a dedicated Book Zone at the London Film and Comic Con, which this year runs from Friday 17- Sunday 19 July at Olympia, London.

A host of top YA authors will be joining Blackman for the three day convention, which incorporates a programme of author events, hands-on workshop sessions, drop-in activities and book-signing sessions.

YALC will showcase the best of UK YA, as well as continuing to play host to special appearances from US YA stars. This year’s event will also feature appearances from some of the authors shortlisted for The YA Book Prize, a brand new prize for UK and Irish YA books from The Bookseller.

An initial list of just a few of the authors taking part has been announced today, including US YA superstar and creator of the Mortal Instruments series Cassandra Clare. Also appearing at the event will be TV personalities turned authors Charlie Higson and Arabella Weir; creator of the international bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series Derek Landy; and award-winning Young Adult author Patrick Ness. Joining them are Youtube star Carrie Hope Fletcher; author of the Night School series C J Daugherty; and of course, Blackman herself.

More author names, and full details of the programme, will be announced in due course.

Managed by Booktrust, in partnership with Showmasters, YALC continues to position YA books at the heart of today’s popular entertainment culture, placing reading alongside TV, films, comics and gaming in the vibrant environment of London Film and Comic Con.

YALC tickets are now available to purchase at www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com

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