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YALC is the UK’s Young Adult Literature Convention - a celebration of the very best young adult books and authors. YALC takes place each year as part of the London Film and Comic Con.

The first YALC took place at LFCC in 2014 as Malorie Blackman’s major project as Waterstones Children’s Laureate 2013-2015. In 2017, YALC will return for its fourth year, bringing together even more fantastic authors, publishers and readers for three packed days of author events, writing workshops, book signings, book-themed activities and more!


Authors Appearing at YALC 2017

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The schedule will be going live at 1pm on Friday 7th July


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The Agents’ Arena is your go-to hub for all things publishing-related. Whether you’re an aspiring author with dreams of being published or a bright-eyed hopeful seeking a career with books, this is the place for you.

We have lined up a daily series of talks, panels and one-to-one sessions to help you get ahead:

10.00-10.45: PUBLISHING 101: Finding an agent
Your guide to preparing your manuscript for submission, querying agents, and everything that happens once you get a book deal.
Speakers: Julia Churchill, Danielle Zigner, Louise Lamont
@juliachurchill @danizigner @llmonts

11.00-11.45: PUBLISHING 102: Careers in publishing
Our panel of industry professionals will lead you through their publishing journeys and answer your questions about getting a foot in the door.

Friday – Danielle Zigner, Clementine Gaisman, Tig Wallace, Katie Everson, TBC
Saturday – Julia Churchill, Kat McKenna, Lucy Ivison, Katie Everson, TBC
Sunday – Louise Lamont, Lena McCauley, Laura Bird, Lauren Ace, TBC

1.00-1.45: AGENTING 1-2-1s
Your chance to pitch your novel to one of our agents. Not ready to pitch? That’s fine – take the opportunity to ask them your questions about anything book/publishing-related!

Friday: Julia Churchill (AM Heath), Danielle Zigner (LBA), Louise Lamont (LBA), Philippa Milnes-Smith (LAW), Chloe Seager (Diane Banks)
Saturday: Julia Churchill (AM Heath), Danielle Zigner (LBA), Louise Lamont (LBA), Chloe Seager (Diane Banks)
Sunday:  Julia Churchill (AM Heath), Danielle Zigner (LBA), Louise Lamont (LBA)
@juliachurchill @danizigner @llmonts @lawsometweets @chloeseager

An insight into how the author-agent relationship works, as told by the authors/illustrators and agents themselves.

Friday: author-illustrator Chris Priestley in conversation with his agent Philippa Milnes-Smith
@crispriestley @lawsometweets
Saturday: author Jenny McLachlan in conversation with her agent Julia Churchill
@jennymclachlan1 @juliachurchill
Sunday: author Virginia Bergin in conversation with her agent Louise Lamont
@veebergin @LLMonts

For all events – sign up on the day at the arena to reserve your seat.



Over the weekend there will be some fun activities happening for you to join in with, so don't miss out!


  10am -12pm Decorative Containers - Accent Press
  1.30pm -2pm Regency Dancing - Walker
  2.30pm -3pm Regency Dancing - Walker


  9am - 2pm Nail Art – Bloomsbury
  2.30pm -5.30pm Glitter Faces – Walker
  5.30pm - 6pm Non Pratt head shave - Walker


  10.30am -12pm Suffragette Nail Makeovers and Protest Banners!
  12pm -2pm Rune Tattoos – Cassandra Clare
  2pm - 4pm Charm Bracelets - Accent Press

The above schedule is subject to change without notice, please check on the day to confirm times and updates.  Correct as of 7th July 2017.

Buy your YALC Entry tickets here

Follow us on Twitter @yalc_uk for all the latest news.


If you are a publisher or another organisation who would like to get involved in YALC 2017, or if you have any questions about the 2017 event, please contact Jill on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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