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

Girl-of-Ink-and-StarsTuesday 3rd May, 2016: ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ Launch, London

  • Who: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
  • What: Celebrate the launch of Kiran’s debut novel, ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’!
  • Where: Daunt Books, 83 Marylebone High Street,
    London, W1U 4QW
  • When: 6:30pm, Tuesday 3rd May


girlupTuesday 3rd May, 2016: An Evening with Laura Bates, Manchester

  • Who: Laura Bates
  • What: Laura Bates, bestselling author of Everyday Sexism returns to Manchester to talk about her fabulous new book,’Girl Up’. Laura will be taking questions and signing copies of her books after the event.
  • Where: Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, 91 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW
  • When: 6:30pm, Tuesday 3rd May
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mystery and mayhemMonday 9th May, 2016: Mystery & Mayhem, London

  • Who: Robin Stevens and Katherine Woodfine
  • What: We are delighted to welcome The Crime Club contributors: Katherine Woodfine and Robin Stevens, to celebrate the release of the wonderful ‘Mystery & Mayhem’ collection of crime short-stories. Join us for an evening of discussion, readings and Q&A. There will be a signing following this event.
  • Where: Waterstones Piccadilly, 203/206 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HD
  • When: 7pm, Monday 9th May
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barnesSaturday 14th – Sunday 15th May, 2016: Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, London

  • Who: Jacqueline Wilson, Philip Reeve, Alwyn Hamilton, Anna McKerrow, Samantha Shannon, Holly Bourne, Sarah Crossan, Clare Furniss, Lisa Williamson, Katherine Woodfine, Cornelia Funke, Jonathan Stroud, Frances Hardinge, Robin Stevens, Abi Elphinstone and more.
  • What: Only a year ago, more than 2,000 people came down to beautiful Barnes Pond for a family-friendly fun-filled-to-the-brim day starring some of children’s literature’s biggest and best known names such as Axel Scheffler, Piers Torday, Sally Gardner and Roger McGough. So now folks it’s time to get ready for number two! On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May the Festival returns as London’s largest dedicated children’s literature event. With more than fifty events, including a few scientific surprises, but one thing’s for sure: you are guaranteed to see something new and amazing under our magnificent planes and horse chestnuts.
  • Where: Barnes, London
  • When: Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th May
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UKYA ExtravaganzaSaturday 21st May, 2016: UKYA Extravaganza!, Manchester

  • Who: Steven Camden, Alice Oseman and Jenny Valentine
  • What: We are thrilled to announce that three of the biggest talents in UKYA will be joining us for a special, one-off event. Alice Oseman (Solitaire, Radio Silence), Steven Camden (Tape, It’s About Love), and Jenny Valentine (Fire Colour One) will be coming to Manchester to chat about their books, the UKYA community, and taking your questions. The authors will also be signing copies of their books after the event.
  • Where: Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, 91 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2BW
  • When: 6pm, Saturday 21st May
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hay festivalThursday 26th May – Sunday 5th June, 2016: Hay-on-Wye, Wales

  • Who: A whole range of YA and children’s authors
  • What: For 29 years Hay Festival has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders. Hay celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking. We believe the exchange of views and meeting of minds that our festivals create inspire revelations personal, political and educational. Hay is, in Bill Clinton’s phrase, ‘The Woodstock of the mind’. Hay Festival was founded around a kitchen table in 1987 and continues to attract the most exciting writers, filmmakers, comedians, politicians and musicians to inspire, delight and entertain. For 10 days in May, Hay is full of stories, ideas, laughter and music.
  • Where: Dairy Meadows, Brecon Road, Hay on Wye, HR3 5PJ
  • When: Thursday 26th May – Sunday 5th June
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Girl_of_Ink_and_StarsMonday 30th May, 2016: Journey to the Isle of Joya with The Girl of Ink and Star, Birmingham

  • Who: Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
  • What: ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ is a wondrous adventure, full of magic, monsters and folklore that sparks off the page and draws you in to the charming world of Joya. Join us for an afternoon of activities with the girl of ink and stars herself, Kiran Millwood HargraveKiran will be discussing her debut book ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’ and encouraging the children to design their own maps and create their own magical floating islands.
  • Where: Waterstones Birmingham, 24-26 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7SL
  • When: 2pm, Monday 30th May
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