Last Saturday, I still can’t believe it was a week ago, in case you couldn’t guess from all my tweets and posts about it, I attended The Northern YA Literary Festival which was hosted by The University of Central Lancashire. I was ecstatic at being able to go since it was my first ever YA Bookish event that I have been able to attend and I have to say, I had an awesome day! It was wonderful to meet so many authors, who I admire a great deal but it was equally as wonderful was to meet other bloggers who I’ve been chatting too on Twitter.
I started the day pretty early at 5:30am but this was only because Oscar thought it would be a great time to get up. Though he does have this opinion of every morning, which meant a little walk and breakfast before he settled down and I packed up my stuff and headed to the train station. In total, the journey from home to Preston took maybe 3 or 4 hours due to train changeovers. But I was lucky enough that I was not alone on my travels as I travelled with Liam, Aimee and Kelly before we united with the rest of the #NorthernBookBloggers at the event.
The day comprised of four panels, multiple signings and goodies all around. Rebecca had her Taken Moons candle store, there was also a Waterstones stall which I’m afraid to admit I’d frequented throughout the day collecting quite a few books! All the authors were absolutely lovely to talk to and were so sweet, I was even lucky enough to meet Lauren James and Samantha Shannon who I’d previously done Q&A’s with on this blog in order to promote the event.
The panels included Getting into Publishing, Feminism in YA, Alwyn Hamilton in Conversation with Samantha Shannon and Holly Black with Samantha Shannon! All panels were excellent and so informative, I was absolutely fascinated by it all – as I one day hope to work in publishing or maybe be a writer. Though I admit my favourite panel was probably the Feminism in YA which is a subject I’m particularly interested in as we are doing rather intense studies of feminism in literature at University.
One of the things which I loved most though finally getting my hands on a Taken Moons Extinction Trails candle which I’ve been dying to get my hands on for ages! It smells divine and also purple glitter which automatically makes everything better.
The event was brilliant and I’m delighted to announce in case you haven’t seen on Twitter already that The Northern YA Literary Festival will be returning in 2019 and I cannot wait! Along with this, I’d like to thank the event organiser Hazel Holmes for inviting the #NorthernBookBloggers along and letting us get involved with the promotion for the event. It was an honour to work with the festival and thank you for the little goodies bags.
As it was a bookish event, this would not be complete without some proofs which I was delighted to get my hands on. Particularly for me was Susin Nielsen’s latest book No Fixed Address which I’ve been trying to get my hands on a copy for weeks!
Thank you all for reading, let me know what you thought of the event if you went or if your planning to go next year!