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!
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! ☽