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We went to YA Shot 2016 and OMG our bookish brains were blown


70 authors, 30 different panels and workshops, 1 location… YA Shot truly is one of the best YA book events of the year!

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If you couldn’t be there this year, don’t worry! Team Maximum Pop! Books live streamed the whole thing, and you can catch up here with our exclusive videos of panels, signings and  interviews with some of your favourite authors.

We kicked off the day bright and early at Uxbridge, London and went exploring!

Team Maximum Pop! Books is at YA Shot. Here we go!

Posted by Maximum Pop Books on Saturday, 22 October 2016

Then came our first panel of the day, The Sound of Music: the role and protrayal of the music industry of YA with authors Marianne Levy, Chris Russell, Eleanor Wood and chaired by Sophia Bennett.

What is the role and portrayal of music and the music industry in YA? We find out from experts, Chris Russell, Marianne Levy, Eleanor Wood and chaired by Sophia Bennett at YA Shot 2016.

Posted by Maximum Pop Books on Saturday, 22 October 2016

We then got very lucky and snagged some time with real life rock star/author Chris Russell. He talks to us about what music you should listen to when reading his wonderful debut ‘Songs About A Girl’.

We speak with rock star and debut author Chris Russell about the real life inspiration behind his MP! Bookish Awards Shortlisted novel Songs About A Girl.

Posted by Maximum Pop Books on Saturday, 22 October 2016

We dropped by the Relationships in the Digital Age panel with Alice Oseman, Fox Benwell and Nicci Cloke for a brillaint discussion about how being online effects our relationships.

How does the internet change the lives of authors and how they write their characters? Hear from the YA Shot – relationships in the digital age panel with Alice Oseman, Fox Benwell and Nicci Cloke.

Posted by Maximum Pop Books on Saturday, 22 October 2016

Then we totally crashed Alice Oseman’s signing and spoke to her about her books and Fan Art!

We crash Alice Oseman’s signing at YA Shot 2016 and talk to her about fan art, university and her novels Radio Silence and Soltaire

Posted by Maximum Pop Books on Saturday, 22 October 2016

Next was the incredible panel on Feminism and the portrayal of romance in YA. Can love stories be feminist too? Holly Bourne, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Rachel McIntyre and Holly Smale give us their thoughts.

We’re live from YA Shot 2016. Next up is the Feminism and Romance in YA panel with Holly Smale, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Rachel McIntyre, chaired by Holly Bourne. Can feminism and romance co-exist in YA fiction?

Posted by Maximum Pop Books on Saturday, 22 October 2016

We caught up with ‘What’s a Girl Gotta Do?’ author Holly Bourne after the panel to talk about why being called ‘an angry feminist’ is a good thing and how to set up your own Spinster Club.

Spinster Club author Holly Bourne tells us about the feminist manifesto and why being ‘an angry feminist’ is a good thing at YA Shot 2016.

Posted by Maximum Pop Books on Saturday, 22 October 2016

The final panel of the day was another look at feminism, but this time we focused on Does a heroine always have to be a damsel in distress? Hell no says Alwyn Hamilton, Zoe Marriott and Samantha Shannon!

Women in fantasy don’t have to just be damsels. Alwyn Hamilton, Zoe Marriott and Samantha Shannon talk feminism in fantasy and their kick butt heroines at YA Shot 2016.

Posted by Maximum Pop Books on Saturday, 22 October 2016

And to finish off the day, we grabbed a couple of minutes with the incredible Alwyn Hamilton to talk about the next ‘Rebel of the Sands’ novel and that gorgeous book cover!

Find out what’s in store for Amani in Traitor to the Throne, sequel to Rebel of The Sands by Alwyn Hamilton at YA Shot 2016.

Posted by Maximum Pop Books on Saturday, 22 October 2016

YA Shot 2016 was an truly incredible day of bookish fun with all our favourite authors! You can catch more videos from the day on our Facebook page and win a signed tote bag from YA Shot here.

We’re already looking forward to next year. Who would you want to see in 2017? Let us know in comments below!

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