Signings, panels, Q&As and meetups, it’s Maximum Pop!’s round-up of March UK YA events. 31 days of bookish madness – get all the details you need right here.

wbd teenfestWednesday, 2nd March, 2016: World Book Day Teenfest, Stratford East

  • Who: Holly Bourne, Juno Dawson, Sara Barnard, Lemn Sissay
  • What: Festival. Join World Book Day for awesome night of books, writing and creativity at their first ever live premiere. Find out about the books that make you, you!  Hear from and chat with their author panel, enjoy live music and bag some exclusive goodies too.
  • Where: Stratford East Picturehouse
  • When: 6-7pm, Wednesday, 2nd March, 2016
  • Cost: £3
  • Event hash tag: #WBDTeenFest
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Thursday, 3rd March, 2016: Young Adult Writing Group, Birmingham

  • Who: All writers of experience and inexperience
  • What: Writing workshop and activities group. This group will focus on YA novels but won’t be limited by genre i.e sci-fi, fantasy, contemporary – all are encouraged.
  • Where: Waterstones, Birmingham High Street
  • When: 6 – 8pm, Thursday, 3rd March, 2016
  • Cost: FREE (register interest online)
  • Event hashtag: #BrumYAWriteGroup
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holly eveSunday, 6th March, 2016: The Passion and Power of Female Friendship: Discussing the Wonder Women in Literature, Manchester

  • Who: Holly Bourne, Eve Ainsworth
  • What: Panel / signing. Holly Bourne (‘Am I Normal Yet?’ and ‘How Hard Can Love Be?’) and Eve Ainsworth (‘Crush’) discuss the female friendships that have inspired them in books, film and TV; why they’ve chosen to write their own friendships, and why they believe positive depictions of female friendships are vital for young adult readers.
  • Where: Home, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester
  • When: 2-4pm, Sunday, 6th March, 2016
  • Cost: £3
  • Event hash tag: #WonderWomen
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Tuesday 8th March, 2016: Meet Rachel Caine, Birmingham 

  • Who: Rachel Caine
  • What: Author of the ‘Morganville Vampire’ series will be in store to do a talk, Q&A and a signing for her new book ‘Midnight Bites’.
  • Where: Waterstones, Birmingham High Street
  • When: 6:30 – 8:30pm, Tuesday, 8th March, 2016
  • Cost: £3
  • Event hashtag: #MeetRachelCaine
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blindbookdateThursday, 10th March, 2016: Charity Book Blind Date @ Cereal Killer Cafe, London

  • Who: Cereal Killer Cafe owners & team, book lover visitors
  • What: Charity book-swap event. Raising money and awareness for JK Rowling’s charity LUMOS. Bring a favourite book and be ready to network about it and to exchange it for someone else’s favourite book! Tickets are inclusive of a bowl of cereal and drink at the event.
    Acoustic music performance by Chloe Martyn.
  • Where: Cereal Killer Cafe, Camden, London
  • When: 6 – 9pm, Thursday, 10th March, 2016
  • Cost: £10
  • Event hashtag: #CerealKillerBooks
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Saturday, 12th March, 2016: YA Book Club – ‘The Catalyst‘, Birmingham

  • Who: Any and all book fans.
  • What: Waterstones Birmingham High Street’s regular YA Book Club evening – discussion about Helena Coggan’s novel ‘The Catalyst’.
  • Where: Waterstones, Birmingham High Street
  • When: 6 – 8pm, Saturday 12th March, 2016
  • Cost: FREE
  • Event hashtag: #BrumBookClub
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dlr_m2c_logoSaturday, 12th March, 2016: The Rise and Rise of YA Fiction, Dublin

  • Who: Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill, Sarah Crossan and Cecelia Ahern
  • What: Panel. Three of the most highly acclaimed YA writers and one exciting new YA writer, Cecelia Ahern will read from their work and will talk about their novels, their writing lives, favourite books and movies, and their ideal audience with YA guru, David O’Callaghan from Eason. An event not to be missed!
  • Where: County Hall, Dublin, Ireland
  • When: 5pm, Saturday 12th March, 2016
  • Cost: €5 child/€7 adult
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jandyMonday, 14th March, 2016: Be True To Yourself, London

  • Who: Jandy Nelson, Lisa Williamson, Alice Oseman, Sara Barnard, Katherine Webber
  • What: Panel. A unique opportunity to hear four of the most exciting breakthrough YA authors discuss their novels and touch upon subjects such as diversity, identity, friendship, and what it means to be ‘true to yourself’.
  • Where: Waterstones, Piccadilly, London
  • When: 6.30-9pm, Monday 14th March, 2016
  • Cost: £5
  • Event hash tag: #BeTrueToYourself
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jandyTuesday, 15th March, 2016: Be True To Yourself, Leeds

  • Who: Jandy Nelson, Lisa Williamson, Sara Barnard
  • What: Panel. A unique opportunity to hear four of the most exciting breakthrough YA authors discuss their novels and touch upon subjects such as diversity, identity, friendship, and what it means to be ‘true to yourself’.
  • Where: Waterstones Leeds, 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5JS T
  • When: 6.30-9pm, Tuesday 15th March, 2016
  • Cost: £3
  • Event hash tag: #BeTrueToYourself
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jandyWednesday, 16th March, 2016: Be True To Yourself, Liverpool

  • Who: Jandy Nelson, Lisa Williamson, Sara Barnard
  • What: Panel. A unique opportunity to hear four of the most exciting breakthrough YA authors discuss their novels and touch upon subjects such as diversity, identity, friendship, and what it means to be ‘true to yourself’.
  • Where: Waterstones Liverpool, 12 College Lane, L1 3DL T
  • When: 6.30-9pm, Wednesday 16th March, 2016
  • Cost: £3
  • Event hash tag: #BeTrueToYourself
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gatsSaturday, 19th March, 2016: ‘Gabriel and the Swallows’, London

  • Who: Esther Dalseno, Benjaminoftomes
  • What: Signing and meet up. It’s a free party! Readings, signings, plus 30 limited edition £10 paperbacks.
  • Where: Queens Park Bookshop, London
  • When: 12 – 2pm, Saturday, 19th March, 2016
  • Cost: FREE
  • Event hash tag: #GATS
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Saturday, 19th March, 2016: An evening with Helena Coggan, Birmingham

  • Who: Helena Coggan
  • What: Discussion / signing. Helena Coggan will be discussing her books, ‘The Catalyst’ and her newest release ‘The Reaction’.
  • Where: Waterstones, Birmingham High Street
  • When: 6 – 8pm,Saturday, 19th March, 2016
  • Cost: FREE
  • Event hashtag: #EveWithHelena
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sally greenTuesday, 29th March, 2016: C.J Daugherty In Conversation With Sally Green, Birmingham

  • Who: C.J Daugherty, Sally Green
  • What: Discussion / signing. C.J  Daugherty (‘Night School’) and Sally Green (‘Half Bad’) will discuss their books, their inspirations and help us to celebrate the end of an incredible series which has won everyone’s hearts.
  • Where: Waterstones, Birmingham High Street
  • When: 6-8pm,Tuesday, 29th March, 2016
  • Cost: FREE
  • Event hash tag: #HalfBadBirmingham
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