YALC 2016 Tips and Pics!

So YALC 2016 was truly amazing, I had an absolute blast and met some wonderful people of the YA community.
For those of you that don’t know what YALC is – it’s the Young Adult Literary Conference which is put on by the BookTrust and is held at the London Film and Comic Con. There were awesome panels with YA authors, signings, games and of course: BOOKS.

First I want to share some tips for those of you thinking of going in the future:

  1. Bring bags with wheels, because no matter what you say you will buy ALL OF THE BOOKS (or get given them for FREEEE)
  2. Bring food and water. The cafe is SUPER expensive and the days are long, you need to stay hydrated!
  3. BE BRAVE! Authors LOVE their fans. See an author wandering about? Pluck up the courage to say hi! (If they look super busy though maybe hold off for a bit)
  4. Bring a few books with you that you want signed – I ended up buying duplicates of books I had so I could get the authors to sign them!
  5. Take the freebies! Don’t be shy, they’re there to get taken!
  6. On Sunday there are giveaways ALL THE TIME and everything is either drastically reduced or given away for free so keep an eye out!

Secondly I want to show you this picture:

This was around 11am on the Sunday, the release day of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and I just had to take a snap of these girls reading it already in the reading area! How awesome is that?

Not only did I meet many book bloggers and booktubers, I also I met some wonderful authors, Michael Grant, V E Schwab, Malorie Blackman, Alex Scarrow,  and many MANY more. It was so overwhelming to get to meet so many of my idols and like minded people.

My favourite panel was the Fear Factor Panel with Dawn Kurtagich, Alex Scarrow, Derek Landy and Darren Shan. Here are some of my favorite bits from Twitter:






I spent the Sunday going around and taking pictures, so I thought I’d share them with you! Click them to see a full size image or go to the flickr Album!

Books with Bite

The Books with Bite guys were so lovely, chatted to me for ages about their different books and I even won a couple of proofs from them! <3

Fear Factor Panel with Dawn Kurtagich, Derek Landy, Darren Shan and Alex Scarrow

Fear Factor Panel with Dawn Kurtagich, Derek Landy, Darren Shan and Alex ScarrowDawn Kurtagich Book Signing

Queue for Dawn KurtagichCringegfest YALC


YALC WaterstonesMy Kinda Book

The OriginalsMy Feminist Icon Is

Dobby and LunaHarper Voyager

Hooked on Books

Potter PotionsPotter Potions

Finally felt like I was at Hogwarts_MG_4039
MocktailsDragon Blood Sunrise

Harry Potter PotionsYALC Dragons

YALC DragonsYALC Dragons

Did you go to YALC? Let me know what you thought!
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