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Young adult novelist and current Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman has announced a YA literature convention to be held at next year’s London Film and Comic Con. The Children’s Laureate is a position granted every two years to an esteemed author of children’s literature in the United Kingdom. Blackman was awarded the Children’s Laureate in June of this year, and became the first young adult author to hold the position. The convention will be part of Blackman’s two-year campaign as Laureate to encourage young people to read more.
The convention will be the first event of its kind in the U.K., and will host authors and U.K. publishers of YA literature in talks, workshops, promotional stands and signings. The event aims to both showcase U.K. young adult literature and introduce international authors to their U.K. audiences.
“Reading opens doors and creates life opportunities. That’s why I want to do my utmost to promote YA books for all our young (and older!) readers,” said Blackman.