YALC: Authors I’m seeing this year and ones from the past

That time of the year is nearly upon us (at least those who live in London), and that time is YALC: Young Adult Literature Convention, held at London Film and Comic Con, now for the fifth year. I’ve been a dedicated con-goer (yes, that’s now a word) since 2016, when I first learnt about it, and although the people I’ve gone with have altered, my love of it has not changed, and neither has the adamant nature with which I tell my family that no, I can’t miss it, and no, I’m not being unreasonable.

This year I’m due to go on the Saturday and wow I’m so excited! I’ve bought two books to read in advance so I should hopefully have something to talk to the authors about, and I don’t think I’d be able to transport any more, considering there’s a lot of ones that I already own that I need to get signed.

So, here’s the list of the authors I’m ecstatic to see this year:

Holly Bourne

Ashamedly the first time I heard of her was at YALC 2016 when I was asked about her by one of the store vendors there, to which I replied ‘uhhhhh, who?’ and then mistook her to be Holly Smale, who is another YA author but writes about models and geek rather than defeating the patriarchy. Since then I discovered her writing and really liked it. There’s so much activism and feminism, how could you not?

I have a whole host of books from her, but as I saw her last year, there’s no need to bring them all. I’ve read her Spinster Club series, along with The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting and It Only Happens In The Movies, the last two being the ones I need to get signed. Her new novel, Are We All Lemmings And Snowflakes?, is being pre-sold at YALC so I’m really excited to get my hands on it early, but if you’re not able to attend, its release date is 8th August.

Melinda Salisbury

I read The Sin Eater’s Daughter back in the summer of 2016 and I fell in love with it, and it is probably one of my favourite YA books, since then I’ve read the two other books in the trilogy and anxious to read her latest novel, State of Sorrow. I met her for the first time during my first YALC and hope to get my latest editions signed this year.

Samantha Shannon

Now I haven’t read any of her books but I’ve had my eye on The Bone Season for a while now and I hope to storm through reading it before Saturday. Due to exam season (ugh) I haven’t read any fantasy for a while now, so I’m pretty buzzed about sinking my teeth into some again.

The Floored 7

No, this isn’t someone’s whack name, instead seven YA authors collaborated to write the novel Floored, which I really liked. The authors are Sara Barnard, Holly Bourne, Melinda Salisbury, Tanya Byrne, Non Pratt, Lisa Williamson and Eleanor Wood. As you know, I’ve read many a book by both Holly and Melinda, but I’ve also read Beautiful Broken Things by Sara, which although was a good read, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the novels by the other two. In regards to the other four authors, Lisa Williamson’s books seem like they could be up my street and the others could be potentially easy reads for tiresome days but I don’t think they’ll be high up in my TBR list.


That concludes the authors for this year; now let me take you back to the last two:

YALC 2017

That year I saw Holly Bourne, Karen McManus and Victoria Schwab. The latter uses the part pseudonym ‘V.E Schwab’ for her Shades of Magic trilogy, of which I’ve read the first, presumably to appeal to both male and female readers and to try to reject any prejudice to her being a female writer, whether acknowledged by the reader or not. Karen McManus wrote One Of Us Is Lying, another book which provided an easier read but one that was enjoyed nonetheless.

YALC 2016

Now, this feels like a throwback. For my first YALC I saw Melinda Salisbury, Patrick Ness and Lewis MacDougall and Victoria Shwab. I got A Monster Calls, signed by Patrick and Lewis (who played Conor in the film) and I also managed to buy a signed copy of A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas.

That concludes my YALC experiences and I wish the one on Saturday is a good an experience as the other two have been.



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