University launches first Northern Young Adult Literature Festival

8 February 2018

Best-selling writers will be offering their advice and support at the free event on 24 March

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is launching the first Northern Young Adult Literature Festival.

It will celebrate the best young adult books and authors and allow aspiring writers the unique opportunity to delve into the publishing industry, and meet critically acclaimed and international best-selling novelists.

Organised by UCLan’s BA (Hons) Publishing team, it will take place in Venue 53, on the University’s Preston Campus, on 24 March.

The free event, in partnership with Waterstones Preston and Lancashire Libraries, will welcome a variety of guest speakers including American Holly Black, Samantha Shannon and Annabel Pitcher.

Organiser Hazel Holmes said: “Young adult fans are some of the most loyal fans around, but a lot of events are restricted to London and it just isn't possible for many readers to make the trip to meet their favourite authors.”

The day will feature a panel discussion on how to get your work published with Danny Weston, Teri Terry and debut author Anna Day. Katherine Webber, Annabel Pitcher, Lauren James and debut author Matt Killeen will then speak about feminism in young adult literature, and Samantha Shannon will finish the festival with an ‘in conversation’ event with Holly Black.

There will also be the chance to meet authors and industry professionals in real life, hearing them convey their passion for their work.

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