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Beth: YALC Wrap Up!

Hi everyone! If you didn’t know, YALC stands for Young Adult Literature Convention, and is an annual event here in the UK.

YALC is part of London Film and Comic Con, and I was lucky enough this year to attend on the Sunday!

YALC is a lot like BookCon in America, and you can find out more about it here.

Now for a short wrap up of the books I bought, people I met and freebies I received!


Although I didn’t receive a gift bag, I did pick up a tote bag for only £2!


I did, however, receive a lot of other freebies! Like this programme, signed by the amazing Gemma Cairney!


The first talk I attended (after the 3 hour car journey down there!) was a Q&A panel including the lovely Harriet Reuter Hapgood!


Right after that, there was an amazing panel called Ask YALC. This featured people asking agony-aunt style questions anonymously and some great authors (and Gemma!) answering them. Authors featured Holly Bourne, Juno Dawson and Rosalind Jana!

Of course, after the talk I had to buy both Notes on Being Teenage and Mind Your Head! I was then lucky enough to meet all 3 authors and get their lovely books signed:)


I wandered around for most of the afternoon, collecting and purchasing books and gifts! I managed to get a few excerpts! I can’t wait to delve into the Crooked Kingdom one, as I loved Six of Crows!

I also collected some random freebies (including a lot of postcards! AND A SIGNED LEIGH BARDUGO CARD!!)

I also met Harriet Reuter Hapgood and Maggie Stiefvater, who were both lovely! I queued for an hour but got a good spot as I missed the Raven King chat (due to spoilers!) to line up.

To finish my YALC wrap-up, here’s the books I had signed followed by the ones I purchased!


On the way out, I took my lovely mum through the main Comic Convention, and spotted this adorable Totoro keychain! It was only £4 and I couldn’t resist.

Did any of you attend YALC? How did you find it and are you planning on going next year?

Before I go, thank you to my mum for taking me! It was a long day, but I’m glad to say she enjoyed it.


May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


I'm a 20 year old bibliophile, bookseller and publishing student who reads mostly YA! I review and blog about books here at The Books Are Everywhere.

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