YA Shot, a new U.K.-based not-for-profit organisation, announced a one-day children’s literature festival to be held in Uxbridge. It will feature over 30 panels and workshops, with 71 young adult and middle grade authors in attendance.
The festival will take place during the U.K. half- term on Wednesday 28th October. A series of events throughout the day have been announced, including panels on mental health, diversity, and fantasy worlds in children’s and young adult fiction, led by some of the U.K.’s top YA authors and bloggers.
The proceeds from ticket sales for YA Shot will go toward funding a year-long programme of author visits to disadvantaged primary and secondary schools in the London Borough of Hillingdon. YA author and Director of YA Shot Alexia Casale (House of Windows) hopes that with enough support, YA Shot could become a registered charity, benefiting libraries and schools across the country.
“The evidence about the importance of author visits is incredibly compelling: a major survey by the Society of Authors recently showed that they have a profound and lasting impact on all areas of educational achievement and development, as well as empathy, social skills and social engagement. However, with cuts to library funding in schools and the public sector, author visits are a luxury that only some can afford – but often it’s those schools and students most in need who don’t have access. We want to help fill this gap and provide young people with the opportunity to experience a huge book event – but locally and affordably,” said Casale.
A list of authors attending YA Shot can seen on their website and include Sarah Benwell (The Last Leaves Falling), Holly Bourne (Am I Normal Yet?), Cat Clarke (Entangled), James Dawson (This Book Is Gay), Laure Eve (The Illusionists), Lauren James (The Next Together), Dawn Kurtagich (The Dead House), Alice Oseman (Solitaire), Melinda Salisbury (The Sin-Eater’s Daughter), Samantha Shannon (The Bone Season), Emma Trevayne (Coda) and more.
To view the programme for YA Shot and to book tickets for the festival, visit YAShot.co.uk.