Voices of YA Literature

Voices of YA Literature

YA Literature is thriving and no wonder. With reader-led platforms like BookTok pushing book sales of the latest hyped authors to dizzying heights, this is a genre with its audience at its heart - where representation and inclusion matter as much as thrilling storylines. This year our series for young adults celebrates diversity and creativity, with hands-on events from leading artists and illustrators at Scottish indie publisher BHP Comics; immersive conversations with the founders of the Black Girls Book Club; queer love stories with Dean Atta and Juno Dawson; and plenty more from some of the most exciting YA authors writing today. Come and find out what everyone’s talking about.

 

Kalynn Bayron & Renée Watson: YA Superstars from Across the Pond

Age 12+

Sunday 14 August 16:30 - 17:30

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Join award-winning US authors Kalynn Bayron (Cinderella is Dead, This Wicked Fate) and Renée Watson (Piecing Me Together, Love is a Revolution) in conversation with the founders of Black Girls’ Book Club, Melissa Cummings-Quarry and Natalie A Carter...
 

BHP Comics: How to Get into Comics

Age 14+

Tuesday 16 August 16:00 - 17:00

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Through BHP Comics’s Bold Universe Project, creative producer Gary Chudleigh and publisher and visual artist Sha Nazir have been mentoring new and emerging comic creators of colour to produce high end, fantastical, all-ages comics. Come along and meet...
 

Leave the Land of the Living with Melinda Salisbury & V E Schwab

Age 12+

Friday 19 August 16:30 - 17:30

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In her number one Sunday Times bestseller, Gallant, V E Schwab tells the darkly magical tale of a young woman caught between the world and its shadows. In Her Dark Wings, three-time Carnegie-nominated author Melinda Salisbury takes us to the edge of the...
 

Jen Campbell, Bryony Gordon & Ella McLeod: Revisiting Rapunzel

Age 12+

Saturday 20 August 16:00 - 17:00

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In Let Down Your Hair, bestselling author and journalist Bryony Gordon draws on her experiences of alopecia to retell the story of Rapunzel. In Rapunzella, Or, Don’t Touch My Hair, Ella McLeod merges poetry and prose in a lyrical genre-bending...
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  • Learning disability friendly
Stomp, stamp and growl along in this immersive sensory event created specially for people of all ages with learning disabilities. Authors Anne and Steve Brusatte have been working with inclusive arts specialists The Arts End of Somewhere and the PAMIS...
 

YA Book Prize Award Ceremony

Families & 14+

Thursday 25 August 17:30 - 19:00

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We are thrilled to be working with The Bookseller to host this year’s YA Book Prize. Come and meet the shortlisted authors: Adiba Jaigirdar, Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé, Simon James Green, Holly Bourne, Tanya Byrne, Krystal Sutherland, Manjeet Man,...
 

Benjamin Dean & Simon James Green: Who Wants the Spotlight?

Age 14+

Friday 26 August 17:00 - 18:00

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Backstabbing, scandal and, most importantly, heart-swooning romance are at the core of the new novels from Benjamin Dean and Simon James Green. In Dean’s The King is Dead, Prince James is suddenly thrust into the spotlight as he takes the throne...
 

Dean Atta & Juno Dawson: Love in Scotland

Age 14+

Saturday 27 August 13:30 - 14:30

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Come and hear from two of the greatest writers for young adults as they talk about their new novels, both love stories in their own way and both based in Scotland. In Stay Another Day, Juno Dawson weaves three siblings’ experiences over one Christmas...