Signings, panels, Q&As and meetups, it’s Maximum Pop! Books’ round-up of April UKYA events. 30 days of bookish madness – get all the details you need right here.

Jolly Foul BranchFriday 1st April, 2016: Jolly Foul Play Launch with Robin Stevens, Birmingham

  • Who: Robin Stevens
  • What: The Birmingham launch event to celebrate book four in the ‘Murder Most Unladylike’ series, ‘Jolly Foul Play’! There will be readings, activities, clues and a chance meet Robin and get your books signed!
  • Where: Waterstones Birmingham, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7SL
  • When: 4pm, Friday 1st April
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In Darkling WoodSaturday 2nd April, 2016:  Historical Fiction in YA and MG, Birmingham

  • Who: Emma Carroll, Rhian Ivory, Lauren James, Helen Maslin and Katherine Woodfine
  • What: Award Winner Emma Carroll will be chairing the panel with authors Rhian Ivory, Lauren James, Helen Maslin and Katherine Woodfine about historical fiction and its place in YA and MG and their inspirations for their books.
  • Where: Waterstones Birmingham High Street, 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL
  • When: 2pm, Saturday 2nd April
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Oxford Lit FestSaturday 2nd – Sunday 10th April, 2016: Oxford Literary Festival, Oxford

  • Who: Katherine Rundell, Jacqueline Wilson, Abi Elphinstone, Jonathan Stroud, Chris Riddell, Axel Scheffler and more
  • What: Oxford Literary Festival is one of biggest and most-loved literary festivals in the country. Starring huge names across adult, children’s, YA fiction and illustration, the festival takes place in beautiful landmarks across the city.
  • Where: Oxford
  • When: Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th April
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Rising Stars of YASaturday 2nd April, 2016: Stars of YA Fiction, Oxford

  • Who: Sarah Crossan, Holly Bourne, Sita Brahmachari, chaired by Anna James
  • What: Three of the very best writers for teenagers, Sarah Crossan, Sita Brahmachari and Holly Bourne join forces for a session guaranteed to entertain, to inspire, and to provoke debate and laughter. The best young adult fiction captures your imagination and plays with your emotions like nothing you have read before. And we have assembled three of the very best writers who brilliantly describe that heady, thrilling stage in life when you are just working out who you are and what you want.
  • When: 6pm, Saturday 2nd April
  • Where: Oxford Literary Festival, Seminar Room, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD
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Derek and LandySunday 3rd April, 2016: Derek Landy Talks to Juno Dawson, Oxford

  • Who: Derek Landy and Juno Dawson
  • What: Landy is author of the multi-award-winning ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ series. His brand new series, ‘Demon Road’, offers another thrilling helping of supernatural adventure and humour. Buckle up and enjoy the ride in the company of Landy as he reveals more about gorgeous demon Amber, her inscrutable bodyguard Miles and their race down America’s Dark Highway. And be among the very first people in the UK to get your hands on the brand new book in the ‘Demon Road’ series, ‘Desolation’. Here Landy talks to Juno Dawson – formerly known as James – award-winning author of teenage thrillers ‘Hollow Pike’, ‘Cruel Summer’, ‘Say her Name’ and ‘Under My Skin’.
  • When: 4pm, Sunday 3rd April
  • Where: Oxford Literary Festical, Worcester College, Walton St, Oxford OX1 2HB
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Head Over HeelsMonday 4th April, 2016: Feminism and YA Fiction: A Discussion, Birmingham

  • Who: CJ Daugherty, Holly Smale, Holly Bourne and Anna James
  • What: Join YA authors CJ Daugherty (the ‘Night School’ series and ‘The Alchemist Chronicles’), Holly Smale (the ‘Geek Girl’ series), Holly Bourne (the ‘Normal’ series) and ELLE’s literary editor Anna James as they discuss feminism in YA literature, look at the way the conversation has evolved recently, the problems and opportunities facing YA authors and readers, and ways to set the agenda moving forward.
  • Where: Waterstones Birmingham High Street, 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL
  • When: 6pm, Monday 4th April
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DesolationWednesday 6th April, 2016: The Best of Horror: A Scarily Good Discussion, Birmingham

  • Who: Derek Landy, Darren Shan and CJ Skuse
  • What: Join Derek Landy and delve deeper into the dark and entertaining world of ‘Demon Road’ alongside horror veteran Darren Shan and chilling newcomer C.J Skuse as they discuss their writing, their influences, and their demons… Join the dark side and become one of the first to read the thrilling second chapter of this twisted trilogy with early release copies of ‘Desolation’ and ‘Zom-B Goddess’ and some scarily good goodies!
  • Where: Waterstones Birmingham High Street, 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL
  • When: 6:30pm, Wednesday 6th April
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Rising Stars 2Saturday 9th April, 2016: Rising Stars of YA Fiction, Oxford

  • Who: Eve Ainsworth, Nicole Burstein, CJ Skuse and chaired by Geraldine Brennan
  • What: Three of the hottest new young adult authors – Eve Ainsworth, Nicole Burstein and C J Skuse – talk about their books and writing at the start of what will undoubtedly be very successful careers. Young adult remains one of the most exciting literary genres. Many of the most talented new authors are writing for young adults, and many of the most talked about new books are published for young people.
  • When: 6pm, Saturday 9th April
  • Where: Oxford Literary Festival, Seminar Room, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BD
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LBFTuesday 12th – Thursday 14th April, 2016: London Book Fair, London

  • Who: Publishing professionals
  • What: Celebrating its 45 year anniversary in April 2016, The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Staged annually, LBF sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London for the week of the show to learn, network and kick off their year of business
  • Where: Olympia, London, W14 8UX
  • When: Tuesday 12th – Thursday 14th April
  • Cost: £35+
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wf-logo-basic-greyTuesday 12th – Saturday 23rd April, 2016: Word Fest: Crawley Festival of Words

  • Who: Eve Ainsworth, Rebecca Thornton, Julia Crouch and more
  • What: WORDfest is a voluntary festival organisation that came about because those of us that worked in the bookshop, the library and with locals arts projects knew that there are lots of people in Crawley who love to read, write, listen to music and attend performances and exhibitions. We wanted to develop WORDfest because creativity creates community and because, well, why not? Crawley’s population is not far off that of  Chichester, West Sussex’s cultural city and although it might be something one would more readily associate more with Brighton or Chichester that’s no reason not to have something similar here, in fact it’s an excellent reason to do so, the arts are about pushing at and bending expectations after all. Crawley is a diverse place with room for all kinds of people and interests and what we’ve begun, this festival that is gradually growing, is reflective of our town.
  • Where: Crawey Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG
  • When: Tuesday 12th – Saturday 23rd April
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Lauren and AliceSunday 16th April, 2016: Lauren James and Alice Oseman Panel, Birmingham

  • Who: Lauren James and Alice Oseman
  • What: Join Alice and Lauren on their very own panel to discuss their books, their writing habits and all things YA! Both authors will be signing their books. Alice Oseman is the author of Solitaire and her new book ‘Radio Silence’. Lauren James is the author of ‘The Next Together’ and her next book ‘The Last Beginning’ is due out this November.
  • Where: Waterstones Birmingham High Street, 24-26 High St, Birmingham B4 7SL
  • When: 6pm, Sunday 16th April
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LMSaturday 16th April, 2016: Shadowhunters Super Fan Event with Cassandra Clare, London SOLD OUT

  • Who: Cassandra Clare and Anna James
  • What: Cassandra Clare will be interviewed on stage by literary journalist Anna James about her highly anticipated return to the world of the Los Angeles Shadowhunters in ‘Lady Midnight’. There will be a chance to meet Cassandra and get your books signed. Also at this exclusive ‘Shadowhunter’ fan event there will be free body-art rune painting, ‘Lady Midnight’ mini makeovers, a ‘Shadowhunters’ selfie scene and freebies. Fans are encouraged to dress up as characters from the books too! This event will be the first stop on Cassandra’s UK tour and promises to be a very special occasion for fans of her books.
  • Where: Leicester Square Theatre , 6 Leicester Place, London , WC2H 7BX
  • When: 11am, Saturday 16th April
  • Tickets: SOLD OUT
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world_book_nightSaturday 23th April, 2016: World Book Night, London

  • Who: Matt Haig and Holly Bourne
  • What: The British Library and The Reading Agency present a special gala evening beginning with a fantastic line up of authors and other guests – each discussing the place of books in their lives and reading from some of their favourites. Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of last year’s ‘Sunday Times’ bestseller ‘The Last Act of Love’ chairs the evening which features World Book Night authors past and present, including Matt Haig, Dreda Say Mitchell, S J Parris, Holly Bourne and Sathnam Sanghera. The evening continues in the Entrance Hall of the Library with a birthday party for Shakespeare and entry to the exhibition ‘Shakespeare in Ten Acts’ – all included in the ticket price.
  • Where: Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
  • When: 7pm, Saturday 23rd Aril
  • Tickets: £20
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stratfordSunday 24th April – Sunday 1st May, 2016: Stratford-Upon-Avon Literary Festival, Straford-Upon-Avon

  • Who: Julia Donaldson, Michael Rosen and Philip Ardagh
  • What: Celebrating its 9th year in 2016, The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is an exciting mixture of debate, ideas, celebrity author events, workshops and humour. Alongside this is a programme of education events in Stratford and local schools involving favourite authors, poets and illustrators, entertaining and inspiring children from 2 to 18. The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival is the highlight of the regional calendar and one of the most significant literary festivals in the UK, attracting thousands of people who share one passion: a love of books, writing and reading.
  • Where: Stratford Literary Festival, Starford ArtsHouse, 14 Rother Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6LU
  • When: Sunday 24th April – Sunday 1st May
  • Tickets: Dependent on event
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riverkeepFriday 29th April: Martin Stewart’s ‘Riverkeep’ Launch Party, Glasgow

  • Who: Martin Stewart
  • What: The launch party for ‘Riverkeep’, the YA debut from Glaswegian Martin Stewart. The entire novel was bought based entirely on an 1800-word short story!
  • Where: Waterstones Glasgow, 351-355 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8AU
  • When: 7:30pm, Friday 29th April
  • Tickets: Free!
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