Today is going to be an incredibly long but a brilliant and exciting day as it is going to be the first The Northern YA Literary Festival which is being held in Preston. The event is being brought to us by the association of the University of Lancashire’s BA Publishing Programme, Waterstones Preston and Lancashire Libraries! They’ve done a brilliant job so far securing some amazing authors and organising some really exciting panels which I cannot wait to attend!
Though what I am really excited about is that as part of the #NorthernBookBloggers we have been able to partner up with the event as well and by doing so we have been given the chance to interview some of the authors attending the event! Which is what this post is all about, promoting the authors and bloggers with exclusive Q&A’s on their own blogs! Also one of our bloggers will be having a stall at the event, Rebecca of TakenMoons will have her own bookish stall which means it’s a perfect opportunity for anyone attending to start picking up some candles! They smell fantastic, as someone who owns about five can confirm! #NorthernBookBlogger Aimee has even written a whole post talking about Rebecca and her candles (they are amazing!) and you can find that here.
The first panel of the day is all about ‘Getting into Publishing’ and being hosted by Terri Terry, Danny Weston and Anna Day who some of the #NorthernBookBloggers were lucky enough to interview on their own blogs!
Terri Terry, the writer of the Dark Matter series and was interviewed by the lovely Cora. You can find her Q&A here! Along with being interviewed by Charlotte as well! You can find Charlotte’s interview here!
Author of Scarecrow, Danny Weston was interviewed by one of the newest members of our group Liam! His interview you can find here!
Anna Day, the author of the much talked about The Fandom was lovely enough to do two interviews with the #NorthernBookBloggers. Taken Moons’ owner Rebecca and Liam were able to interview her and you can find these interviews here and here!
The second panel of the day is all about ‘Feminism in Ya’ which for me is a really important topic which needs to be talked about, acknowledged and explained. I cannot wait for this panel and this lovely selection of authors was also very kind to give some interviews.
Lauren James, the author of the psychological YA thriller set in space The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, was very kind to give an interview to our shortlisted nominated blogger for UKYABA Charlotte! You can find Charlotte’s interview here! Along with Charlotte, I was able to interview Lauren James too and you can find that interview here!
Author Annabel Pitcher was interviewed by our lovely Kelly over on her blog, and you can find the interview here!
Wing Jones Author, Katherine Webber was interviewed by another of our shortlisted nominated bloggers for UKYABA, Steph and you can find her interview here!
Debut Author Matt Killen was interviewed by the lovely Cora, and you can find that interview here! (I loved this interview especially due to the mention of a certain Princess/General)
Alwyn Hamilton is also making a special appearance at the festival and will be signing her trilogy throughout the day. Alwyn was lucky enough to be interviewed by Cora and you can find that here!
Debut Author Laura Steven will be making an appearance, promoting her book ‘The Exact Opposite of Okay’. NortherBookBlogger Aimee was able to do a quickfire Q&A with her which you can find here!
The final event of the day is Holly Black in conversation with Samantha Shannon, two fabulous authors!
Samantha Shannon, the author of The Bone Season, I was given the honour to interview myself and you can find her interview here!
Author of The Cruel Prince, Holly Black is being interviewed by another of our shortlisted nominated UKYABA bloggers, Rebecca and you can find this interview here!
Along with author interviews, some of the #NorthernBookBloggers have done some additional posts surrounding the festival which I will link you all to now! Liam, Cora, Charlotte, Me and Kelly has done a post all about why you should go if you can!
Along with her post about why you should go if you can, Kelly did an additional post all about why she is excited about the event which you can find here!
Once again I’d like to thank all those who have been working so hard on this event, especially Hazel whom has been a point of contact for all us bloggers and has been absolutely lovely. Throughout the event itself be sure that us #NorthernBookBloggers will be tweeting constantly, and live-tweeting panels but also popping up throughout the event itself!