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01 February 2018

Northern YA Literary Festival 2018

University of Central Lancashire, in association with their new BA in Publishing, are hosting The Northern Young Adult Literature Festival on Saturday 24th March 2018 at 53 Degrees in Preston. Doors open at 10am, with the events staggered throughout the day.

There will be panels, talks, a pop-up book shop, signings, and even some bookish candles from Taken Moons and bookish cupcakes from Bakes by Susannah on sale.

Best of all? This event is FREE. All you have to do is reserve a free ticket for the events you want to go to and turn up on the day. A little birdy told me that there will also be some freebies.

I'm so excited for this event and will be tweeting along throughout the day and ahead of the event I'll be sharing reviews and interviews.

The Event Line Up
Teri Terry, Danny Weston and Anna Day talking about how they got published, their inspirations and themes and issues in current publishing. 
To celebrate the Centenary of the Woman’s Vote, Katherine Webber, Annabel Pitcher, Lauren James, and Matt Killeen will be be discussing their inspirations, and the empowering characters they have created.
Join Alwyn Hamilton to hear about the epic conclusion to her hugely popular Rebel of the Sands story: Hero at the Fall.
Holly Black will be interviewed on stage by Samantha Shannon about the highly anticipated new series.

Getting There
53 Degrees is just a fifteen minute walk from Preston station, and that's if you go the long way and walk a bit slowly.

Preston has some fab national rail links and train tickets were a lot cheaper than I expected. If you have to change, split your tickets and it cuts the price further.


Reading List
I'm challenging myself to read one book by each of the authors before the event. I've listed below either the most recent title or the first book in each series and I'll be ticking them off as I go.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton ✓
The Fandom by Anna Day ✓
Silence is Goldfish  by Annabel Pitcher 
Scarecrow by Danny Weston ✓
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ✓
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber ✓
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven ✓
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen ✓
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon ✓
Contagion by Teri Terry ✓

Is it cheating that I've actually already read (and absolutely loved!) a lot of them? I'm going to start working on the sequels to any of the series I've started.

So, will you be coming?


  1. I think I might! 🤣

    I have a lot of books to read before then

  2. I was looking into this hoping to attend, but I don't think I'll be able to. It looks like such a good day though, I'll keep a look out for your updates! Hope you love it :D

  3. Aaah I'm so excited for this event! I can't believe it's free?! It sounds awesome and I can't wait :)

  4. I'm going! I just reserved my tickets for all of the events. I'm excited!!


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