Yes you heard it right people... It has been announced that for the first time ever in the UK there is going to be a YA Literature Convention at the London Film and Comic Con 2014. YES! YES! YES! Us UK bloggers and readers of YA have always bene sad by the fact that there is always a YA convention in America called BEA. We wanted one here! we wanted to share the love with bloggers and readers and crazy fans and authors. And its finally HERE!!!!!!! Check out the press release!
"Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman will help host the UK's first Young Adult (YA) Literature Convention next year as part of her campaign to champion fiction for a teenage and young adult audience.
Blackman, 51, who was announced as the Children’s Laureate in June, will be part of the event at the London Film and Comic Con in July 2014.
The author of Noughts and Crosses and Noble Conflict will also be working with Booktrust on a search for the rising stars in the UKYA community. She said: "We are incredibly lucky to have such a wealth of fantastic children's authors and illustrators in this country who create incredible stories for young adults to enjoy. It's so important to encourage, sustain and where necessary instill a love of reading in our teenagers. Reading opens doors and creates life opportunities. That's why I want to do my utmost to promote YA books for all our young (and older!) readers.”
The convention will bring together all the UK’s YA publishers to provide a host of author events in a dedicated Book Zone, with talks, workshops, signings, a book sales area and publisher stands promoting new and upcoming titles. Blackman will act as a curator for the two-day convention featuring authors and publishers from around the UK."
Who else is over the moon? UK YA needs more appreciation and I think this is just the start of it. I know I will be attending! I hope to see you all there :)