YA Shot is back and greater than ever. Everyone’s favourite author-run festival will be taking place on Saturday 14 April 2018 and we have the names of the first 16 authors who will be joining the lineup. Get excited, bookworms.
For those that don’t know, YA Shot is a one-day YA festival that takes place in Uxbridge in London (Uxbridge Civic Centre, Waterstone’s Uxbridge and Uxbridge Library). YA Shot raises money and resources for libraries and schools for free author events. Obviously it’s a pretty amazing cause and you can find out heaps more about YA Shot 2016 by clicking here.
Enough about the past, though. This year’s festival will focus on a human rights theme and feature panels, workshops, signings and ‘in conversation’ events with over 50 authors. There will also be a chance to get in involved in plenty of human rights campaigns and issues.
Here are just 16 of the authors you can expect there…
Alexia’s debut novel, ‘The Bone Dragon’, was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and long-listed for the Branford Boase Award. It was also a Book of the Year for the Financial Times and Independent. She loves dragons, suspects that if she had a previous life it was as a cat!
MUST READ: ‘The Bone Dragon’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @AlexiaCasale
Holly started her writing career as a news journalist. She then spent six years working as an editor, a relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity. The best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series helps educate teenagers about feminism and is a favourite here at Maximum Pop!
MUST READ: ‘Am I Normal Yet?’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @Holly_BourneYA
Melinda’s first novel ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’ was published in 2015 and was nominated for multiple national and international awards. She’s also the author of ‘The Sleeping Prince’, ‘The Scarecrow Queen’, ‘Flamingos’ and so many more. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers.
MUST READ: ‘The Sin Eater’s Daughter’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @MESalisbury
Samantha started her first novel at the age of 15. In 2013, she published ‘The Bone Season’, the first in a seven-book series. She was included in the Evening Standard’s Power 1000 list and is an absolute genius.
MUST READ: ‘The Bone Season’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @say_shannon
Sara lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She’s written, ‘Beautiful Broken Things’, which was selected for the Zoella Book Club, ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’ and ‘Goodbye, Perfect’. She thinks sad books are good for the soul and happy books lift the heart. Us too.
MUST READ: ‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @saramegan
Christi Daugherty is the author of the international best-selling Night School series, which was published under the name CJ Daugherty. She was a former crime reporter and won awards for her reporting and investigative journalism.
MUST READ: ‘Night School’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @CJ_Daugherty
Alwyn was born in Toronto and spent her childhood bouncing between Europe and Canada until her parents settled in France. She grew up in a small town there, which might have compelled her to burst randomly into the opening song from Beauty and the Beast were it not for her total tone-deafness. She instead attempted to read and write her way to new places and developed a weakness for fantasy and cross-dressing heroines.
MUST READ: ‘Rebel Of The Sands’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @AlwynFJH
Katie loves an adventure, whether it is found in a book or in real life. She has travelled to over 45 countries. Travel, books, and eating out are her favourite indulgences. We can also confirm that ‘Wing Jones’ is one of the greatest YA books ever.
MUST READ: ‘Wing Jones’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @kwebberwrites
Karen wrote her first story about Bantra the mouse at the age of 12. ‘Countless’ is just a tad different… okay A LOT different. Hedda is pregnant. She’s young, still recovering from an eating disorder, which she’s named Nia and trying to battle it. It’s a heartbreaking story and one of the most powerful books you’ll ever read.
MUST READ: ‘Countless’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @K_Gregory33
In 2011 Sita won The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for her debut novel ‘Artichoke Hearts.’ Her other novels, ‘Jasmine Skies’, and ‘Kite Spirit’ have been nominated for the Carnegie Prize and UKLA Book Awards and ‘Red Leaves’ and ‘Tender Earth’ have been endorsed by Amnesty International UK.
MUST READ: ‘Artichoke Hearts’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @sitabrahmachari
Sophie has won numerous awards and has twice been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Her debut was the multi-award winning ‘Girl, Missing’ in 2006, and she is also the author of ‘Blood Ties’, ‘The Medusa Project’ series, and the ‘Luke and Eve’ trilogy, to name a few.
MUST READ: ‘Girl, Missing’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @sophiemckenzie_
Regular readers of MP! would have already heard of Will Hill. His latest novel, ‘After The Fire’, was published to widespread acclaim in 2017. It’s also been featured a lot on Maximum Pop! Find out more by clicking here.
MUST READ: ‘After The Fire’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @willhillauthor
Anna published six books, including the critically acclaimed ‘Guantanamo Boy’ which was translated into more than a dozen languages and shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, Branford Boase and nominated for the Carnegie Medal and numerous other awards.
MUST READ: ‘Guantanamo Boy’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @AnnaPerera1
Cecilia spends most of her time reading everything she can get her hands on, baking every kind of cookie under the sun, and re-watching old episodes of ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. She loves to write about staying out all night, falling in love, and eating really, really delicious food. ‘Seven Days of You’ is her first novel.
MUST READ: ‘Seven Days of You’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @cookieplease
Tariq is an award winning novelist and documentary film-maker. He’s published, ‘Hand On the Sun’, ‘While There Is Light’, ‘Song of Gulzarina’ and the award winning novel, ‘You’re Not Proper’, a story of two girls struggling in a town seething with Islamophobia.
MUST READ: ‘You’re Not Proper’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @TariqMehmood000
Simon James Green
Simon’s debut novel is ‘Noah Can’t Even’. It’s a awks, lol-worthy coming-of-age story. If you are interested in stalking him, he loves ‘Riverdale’ and you can read our interview with him here.
MUST READ: ‘Noah Can’t Even’
FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @simonjamesgreen
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. See you there!