At the beginning of the month we announced the first 16 authors that you can catch at YA Shot 2018. Now it’s time to reveal the next batch of authors who will be joining them. Excited? You should be because YA Shot is going to be THE bookish event of 2018.
For those that don’t know, YA Shot is an author-run festival that takes over Uxbridge in London on Saturday 14 April 2018. The aim of the festival is to raise money and resources for libraries and schools. The theme of YA Shot 2018 is human rights and plenty of your faves will be there including Holly Bourne, Sarah Barnard, Alywn Hamilton and loads more.
As well as the best YA hotshots, plenty of authors who write middle-grade books will also be getting in on the action and joining YA Shot for panels, workshops, signings and ‘in conversation’ events.
Here are the next 16 authors joining the lineup…
Sally has published 11 books for children and teenagers including, ‘Ways To Live Forever’, ‘All Fall Down’ and ‘Things A Bright Girl Can Do’. She’s won stacks of awards including Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and her books have been translated into over 20 languages.
MUST READ: ‘Things A Bright Girl Can Do’
When Jason was 16 he blagged himself an internship at Marvel Comics in New York. It was there where he made his first professional sale of a Captain America story. Since then, he’s lived in Japan for five years, went swimming with Sharks in Australia, wrestled a camel in Rajasthan and has written the epic ‘The Sword of Kuromori’ series.
MUST READ: ‘The Sword of Kuromori’
Tom writes fiction for all ages. He has more than 30 books published and his work delves into a variety of worlds. Want to hang out with vampires or pirates? Or pandemics or er… teenage agony aunts? He’s got a book for you.
MUST READ: ‘Seven Second Delay’
Nick Ostler and Mark Huckerby
Nick and Mark are an Emmy-winning and BAFTA-nominated writing duo. They’ve written for TV shows like ‘Thunderbirds Are Go!’ and ‘Shaun The Sheep’ and have penned the amazing ‘Defender of the Realm’ series, which was long-listed for the Branford Boase Award.
MUST READ: ‘Defender of the Realm’
TWITTERS: @Nickostler and @Huckywucky
S.E.’s debut novel, ‘Little Bits Of The Sky’, was published in 2016. It follows the tale of two children who have grown up without parents and was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award. S.E.’s also got a second novel called ‘Running on Empty’ that’s coming out in March 2018.
MUST READ: ‘Little Bits Of The Sky’
Having spent her childhood between the UK and India, Jess’ debut novel ‘Running On The Roof Of The World’ was inspired by the stories she heard about the Himalayas from her grandmother. She begun writing it in 2013 when she was living in the Indian Himalayas and trekked into the mountains as part of her research.
MUST READ: ‘Running On The Roof Of The World’
You’ve probably already heard of Joanna’s best-selling ‘Rachel Riley’ diaries. All 7 books are a fictionalised account of Joanna’s own adolescent upbringing in small-town Essex. She’s also the author of 2015’s ‘Joe All Alone’ which has now been made into a TV series for the BBC and has co-written new YA read, ‘Everybody Hurts’ with Anthony McGowan.
MUST READ: ‘Everybody Hurts’
Jo has published over 30 books that cover a range of diverse issues. ‘Looking at the Stars’ is about refugees, ‘A Library of Lemons’ discusses grief and young carers and ‘A Storm of Strawberries’ looks at disability and sexuality.
MUST READ: ‘A Storm of Strawberries’
Katharine and Elizabeth Corr
Sisters, Katharine and Elizabeth are known for the incredible ‘The Witch’s Kiss’ series and decided to write novels because “fictional people are much easier to deal with than real ones”. It’s an amazing series and will transport you to a whole other world.
MUST READ: ‘The Witch’s Kiss’
TWITTERS: @katharinecorr and @lizcorr_writes
A.J.’s first novel ‘Captive’ came out in 2015 and follow’s the life of A-list celebrity, Robyn Knollys-Green. She’s famous for being the daughter of one of the world’s most powerful men but finds herself trapped in a web of global corruption. It’s dark, mysterious and a complete page-turner.
MUST READ: ‘Capitive’
The chances are you’ve already read ‘What Was Never Said’. Emma’s amazing story was inspired by Bristol school students campaigning against Violence Against Women and Girls and was released in 2015. Emma’s also published ‘Chocolate Cake with Hitler’, which explores what life was like for the children in Hitler’s Berlin bunker.
MUST READ: ‘What Was Never Said’
Leila has written ‘The Diaries of Bathsheba Clarice de Trop’ series, as well as ‘At Somerton’ books. When she’s not writing, she teaches creative writing at all levels including for the University of Warwick and was previously a children’s bookseller for Waterstone’s Brussels.
MUST READ: ‘Cinders & Sapphires’
Published this year, Tamsin’s ‘Being Miss Nobody’ tackles topics like bullying, anxiety, friendship and social media. The main protagonist is Rosalind, an 11-year-old girl, who can’t speak. It’s an incredible read and making us even more excited for Tamsin’s second novel, ‘The If Girl List’, which is out in 2018.
MUST READ: ‘Being Miss Nobody’
If you’re a regular reader of Maximum Pop!, you will have already heard of Catherine. Her debut novel, ‘Troublemakers’ was published back in June and we’ve been talking about it non stop on the site.
MUST READ: ‘Troublemakers’
Orlagh Collins loves John Green, strong coffee and 80’s teen movies. Her first novel, ‘No Filter’ follows a social media addict’s journey to Ireland and the whirlwind she experiences when she falls in love.
MUST READ: ‘No Filter’
Known for the ‘CELL 7’ trilogy, Kerry Drewery’s work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She’s won the Spellbinding Book of the Year 2017 award and was was shortlisted for CrimeFest Best YA Crime award.
MUST READ: ‘CELL 7’
Tickets will be available via YA Shot’s website and the box office will open in November. All tickets are day tickets priced at £15 concession and £20 adult. Under 12s must be accompanied.