The Northern YA Literary Festival is right around the corner! Okay it’s a couple of months away, but i’m pretty excited about it. The event is in it’s second year and is run by Preston University. It’s a free entry event which brings together a whole host of authors from different genres, with talks, signings and much more!
At the end of October, me, Sarah and our friend, Louise, got tickets to a talk and signing with Markus Zusak at Waterstones Deansgate in Manchester. I was so excited because I adore The Book Thief and definitely see it as one of my favourite books. After a long 13 year wait (something he kept bringing up himself!) for his next book, it’s finally here! The event and signing was to celebrate his new novel, Bridge of Clay, which I’m currently reading. Continue reading
At the end of October, we got the amazing opportunity to interview Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera before their event about their co-written novel, What If It’s Us. It was such a brilliant day and I loved being surrounded by others who love their stories. I feel so lucky that we got the chance to do this as they have both written stories that I completely adore so it was lovely to be able to chat to them about their joint one! Keep reading for the interview (by two best friends, for two best friends – wholesome!) Continue reading
I am still finding it hard to process that i’ve actually met Becky and Adam. It felt like i’d been waiting years for this event, and honestly i was stunned that it happened at all. They’re such huge names in YA and even the world now after the success of Love, Simon and it was wonderful to hear them talk in Manchester.
On Monday night, I got the chance to see a talk with Jamie Campbell (star of documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16 and inspiration for the amazing musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) as a part of Sheffield’s Off The Shelf Festival of Words. This was in collaboration with Sheffield Doc/Fest where I’m currently a trainee! The talk was called Desert Island Reads and was a spin on the popular BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs. Continue reading
On Saturday the 24th of March i attended the NYALitFest in association with UCLan and Waterstones – i attended this Sophie-less because obviously she’s ill at the most inappropriate of times. The event is in it’s first year this year and was created in order to celebrate the launch of their BA in publishing at the university.
Lauren James has had one of the biggest YA releases of 2017 with her latest novel The Loneliest Girl In The Universe. It was the biggest novel to come out of YALC this year with absolutely everyone talking about it. I decided to pick up my own copy and see what the fuss was about.