My schedule for YALC 2024!

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I’m really excited about heading back to YALC – the Young Adult Literature Convention at London Comic Con – in November! I’ve been for the last two years and it’s absolutely my favourite publishing event ever, with so many fascinating panels and workshops. Any authors who write YA will get absolutely loads of value from this convention so if you’re in town, grab a ticket if you can. 

As always, the schedule is jam-packed so I need to plan my days carefully! Timings haven’t been announced yet so the chances are a few of the panels I want to attend will clash but, for now, here’s what I really want to see:

Saturday: Power of illustration

Stories don’t just have to be told with words. Graphic novels help express the authors tale using beautiful pictures that can literally paint a picture of what is happening. We join the writers and illustrators of some of this year’s great graphic novel titles.
Chris Mould, Rosie Talbot (Chair), Salomey Doku, Theo Parish

Saturday: Blossoming romantasy

We had romance books and we had fantasy novels. What do you get if you put them together? Romantasy. We review the resurgence in popularity for this genre and the coining of the new word in the urban dictionary.
Andy Darcy Theo, Catherine Doyle, Ella McLeod, Lindsey Kelk, TBC(Chair)

Saturday: Intense Intent

The thriller genre is ever popular and continues to send chills down the spines of readers as they attempt to unravel the mysteries of these amazing books. Join our authors to hear about how they go about their writing and see if ‘who done it’ is always the same person as they thought it would be when they started writing the book.
A.J. Clack, Holly Jackson, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, TBC (Chair)

Saturday: Blood chilling books

Whether you have a fear of clowns or phobia of spiders, these truly horrifying books will be sure to make your blood chill. The authors however are lovely so please join us for this panel looking at the horror genre and how creating age suitable stories for a YA audience influences their writing choices.
Bill Wood, Josh Winning (Chair), MA Bennett, Scarlett Dunmore, Tomi Oyemkainde

Saturday: 10 Years of YALC

We continue our celebration of YALC turning 10 years old with some of the people who were there at the beginning. We have representatives from the working group and attendees who have now turned authors themselves, as well as our ambassadors who are championing the event and its fans. Hear what memories they have and what they hope for the future.
Amy McCaw, Holly Bourne (Chair), Juno Dawson, Kat McKenna, Katherine Webber, Malorie Blackman

Saturday: Un-natural topic, super stories

We are talking witches, werewolves, ghosts and ghoulies in this super supernatural panel.
Amie Jordan, Krystal Sutherland, Rhianna Pratchett, TBC (Chair)

Saturday: Alice Oseman in conversation

Celebrate 10 years of the Osemanverse as Alice looks back through her publishing journey from SOLITAIRE to NICK AND CHARLIE, and LOVELESS to HEARTSTOPPER.

Sunday: What if?

Everyone has asked themselves “what if?” Our authors expand on these thoughts and turn them into amazing dystopian and sci-fi tales that take us to other worlds or alternative realities. We look at world building and how they manage to transport you from the normality of real life.
Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson (Chair), M J Sullivan, Neal Shusterman, O R Sorrel

Sunday: All the Ms: Magic, myths & mermaids

Fantasy allows us to escape and visit the world of magical creatures and epic storytelling. Our authors will be discussing their latest offerings and maybe about what it’s like to stick to the existing mythological cannon or throw the rule books away.
A S Webb (Chair), Jess Popplewell, Molly X. Chang, Sarah Underwood

Sunday: Age is nothing but a number

Growing up is a part of life and that coming-of-age moment is something that has been documented in many a great read. This panel looks at how those moments come about and the best way to write them.
Abiola Bello, Adiba Jaigirdar, Anam Iqbal, Elle McNicoll, Simon James Green (Chair)

Sunday: Heart rate critical

We are not sure if we are talking about the character’s pulse or the increase in our own heart rates as we read these chilling thrillers. We welcome a host of great writers to this panel as they discuss what makes a good thriller and what makes their own heart rates flutter.
Finn Longman, Karen Mcmanus, Lauren James (Chair), Ravena Guron

Sunday: Queer Folklore Stories

We celebrate books which were written with inspiration taken from traditional tales and incorporate an LGBQT+ twist.
Bea Fitzgerald, Lex Croucher, Radhika Sanghani (Chair), Zeena Gosrani


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Siobhan O'Brien Holmes

Siobhan O'Brien Holmes is a developmental editor working with middle grade and YA authors. She specialises in speculative and genre fiction, particularly horror, fantasy, mystery, sci-fi and anything with a dash of magic or macabre. She is a member of the SfEP, EFA, ACES, British Fantasy Society, Horror Writers Association and SCBWI. She has an MA in Novel Writing and an MA in Children's Literature.

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