I didn’t get round to posting about YALC straight after the weekend itself… mainly because I was too busy lying down, wondering whether my legs would ever work normally again!
But in spite of the total exhaustion that followed, YALC was a completely incredible experience. Lots of people have written brilliant blog posts about it, but I’m sort of struggling to sum it up in words, other than to say it was one of the most amazing weekends EVER. Here’s a few of my favourite photographs from the event (most of these were taken by our awesome YALC photographer Rowan Spray though a few are from social media):
Malorie meeting young fans!
Author and cosplay queen Lucy Saxon signing books
YALC cakes for our author party, provided by the Bluebell Kitchen
Check out the size of that audience!
Newly-appointed Queen of Teen James Dawson had his crown on for the occasion
Our YALC wall of books – possibly the most photographed part of the Book Zone
Spidey catches up on his social media
Love this one: selfie time with Holly Smale
I’m not sure what Anthony McGowan has just said here, but it’s certainly made Meg Rosoff, Matt Haig and David Maybury laugh
Let’s look at that audience again
A few favourite ‘behind the scenes’ pictures
Me and Malorie at the YALC party
The beautiful Tatty Devine ‘Fangirl’ necklace that the YALC Committee gave me
And here’s the video that our filmmaker Hector Dockrill made to capture the YALC experience:
You can also watch a selection of the YALC panel discussions in full on the Booktrust Youtube channel here
There are tons of brilliant blog posts and articles about YALC online, but I have to mention this one in which I chatted to Fiz Osbourne on her blog POP about the whole experience, and of course, Malorie’s vlog about the event:
I have absolutely loved reading all the blogs and tweets about the event. The response to YALC has been so amazing – from the outpouring of enthusiasm on social media, to the coverage everywhere from the Guardian to the Telegraph to the Bookseller to the Today programme, to the support of so many authors, bloggers and industry folk.
It was has been brilliant hearing everyone’s feedback after the event – there’s obviously a lot we can learn and a lot we can improve if we are able to continue it in future, but overall, we were so delighted that the first ever YALC was such a roaring success. Next job… find a way to make YALC 2015 happen!