Speaking of YA communities…

twit-yaWe’re really looking forward to hosting our own Twitter chat on YA communities, so we thought we’d give you a rundown of some excellent gatherings both virtual and in person, for the YA fans out there.

Virtual.
#feminisminya
As @helloiammariam, host of #feminisminya, will be chairing our event, it seems a great place to start. Every Tuesday at 7pm, join the discussion on various elements of feminism in the Young Adult sphere – an excellent chat.

#ukyachat
It does what it says on the tin – a chat about UK YA, hosted by @LucyTheReader. Friday nights at 8pm, join in to chat about all things YA. Luckily for us, it started again on the Friday of #scotlitfest, so perfect timing!

#sundayya
Nothing like a nice Sunday surrounded by books, and little finer to top it off than a chat about YA from 6pm, hosted by @_sectumsemprah. That sounds off a pretty nice schedule across the week to chat about various elements of YA and discover new books!

The not so virtual.
Yay!YA+
Kirkland Ciccone, punk not disco author of weirdo YA, runs a festival exclusively for schools in Scotland that brings them to Cumbernauld Theatre for a day where they can meet and hear from numerous YA authors. This year featured Estelle Maskame and Martin Stewart, to name but two.

YALC
It’s the biggie, and the  Young Adult Literature Convention part of London’s Film and Comic Con. Probably the largest celebration of YA you’re going to find. 2016 features Samantha Shannon, Holly Bourne, Cat Clarke, Juno Dawson, Non Pratt, Chris Riddell and  Malorie Blackman, and those are just a tiny handful of the programme.

YA Shot
YA Shot is a one-day festival that has workshops, panels, and in-conversation events in Uxbridge. Author-run and author-led, it’s a festival that believes in equal access to books and opportunties, and has its finger on the pulse for what people want – with blogging and vlogging workshops one of the many extras for attendees.

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