This weekend saw the return of the Young Adult Literature Convention, or YALC, at the London Film and Comic Con, which took place at Olympia. This year’s jam-packed event proved a real hit with authors and readers alike, providing workshops, activities and talks and discussion panels where authors spoke about big YA themes ranging from horror to LGBT questions.


Both CJ Daugherty, author of the best-selling NIGHT SCHOOL series, and Holly Bourne, of THE MANIFESTO ON HOW TO BE INTERESTING and forth-coming AM I NORMAL YET? fame, attended. They met their fans, did book signings, promoted their fantastic books and sat on some hugely popular discussion panels.

Christi appeared on the “Being a Girl” panel, which explored female characters and feminist themes in contemporary YA writing on Saturday, alongside Hayley Long, Holly Smale, Malorie Blackman, Laura Dockrill and Anna James. On Sunday Holly tackled mental health representation in YA with Matt Whyman, Brian Conaghan, Annabel Pitcher and Imogen Russell Williams.

Christ Daugherty and her "Being a Girl" Discussion panel

Christ Daugherty and her “Being a Girl” Discussion panel

Holly Bourne and her "Mental Health" panel

Holly Bourne and her “Mental Health” panel

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