An Important Broadcast To The Teen Reads Scene Of Scotland!

We’re back! Another day of events dedicated to the Teen Reads Scene of Scotland. Once more it’ll be held in the iconic Cumbernauld Theatre, which is moving to a brand new specially purpose built new location in the new year. This will be the last Yay! in the old building, so let’s make it AMAZING.

Authors will be announced over the next few weeks on here, the official Twitter account, and on my website too. Keep an eye on all three for more information. Details about booking will be put online at a future date too.



We’ve Sold Out!

Hello. We have officially sold out and no longer have any spaces left for Yay 2016. If you didn’t managed to book any spaces for your pupils then I’M VERY SORRY.

Here’s a long list of the lucky schools coming to Cumbernauld Theatre in April:

Bellshill Academy

Braidhurst High

Calderhead High

Cardinal Newman High

Chryston High

Cumbernauld Academy

Eastwood Academy

Greenfaulds High

Gryffe High (Johnstone)

Our Lady’s High (Motherwell)

St Ambrose

St Lukes (Barrhead)

St Ninians (Giffnock)

Wiiliamwood High (Clarkston)

Woodfarm High (Thornliebank, Glasgow)

Well done! We’ll see you all soon.

“I’ve got a golden ticket!”

We only announced the lineup for this year’s Yay! YA a few hours ago, and I’ve now just been informed that the Box Office phone hasn’t stopped ringing all day. Hurrah. That’s 80 places out of 200 gone. If you want your school involved in this AMAZING event, then book soon. All schools need to pay for is their transport. Pupils should buy books, but who are we to tell anyone what to do? Bring a packed lunch too. Heck, I might even try to arrange a tuck shop!

Please promote Yay to everyone and tell your librarian pals about it.



Class of 2016!

Yay Logo

Cumbernauld Theatre is delighted to welcome Yay! YA+ Scotland’s first ever teenage book festival, a day of events completely dedicated to Young Adult books. This will be the second year the event has been held at the Theatre after a successful day in 2015. Kirkland Ciccone, Catalyst Book Award Winner 2014 and author of fiction for teenagers, curated a sold-out festival which celebrates both teen fiction and the authors who write it.


This free event is open to every school in Scotland on a first come first served basis, providing they can travel to Cumbernauld Theatre. The lucky school librarians and pupils will have the opportunity to meet and experience authors in a live setting. The event will take place 21st April 2016.


The authors in this year’s line-up include international best-sellers, award winners, new talent, and established names. They are Elizabeth Wein, Catherine MacPhail, Estelle Maskame, Kirkland Ciccone, Roy Gill, Alex Nye, Victoria Gemmell, and Alexander ‘Skald’ McCall.

Kirkland said ‘After the success of last year’s event it was only a matter of time before I got together with Cumbernauld Theatre to plan a second event. We had over 200 pupils from 11 schools in Scotland. School librarians and libraries are so important in what we do. Sadly they’ve never been in so much danger from unjustifiable budget cuts. So just like last year, this event is free for schools. All they need is bus fare, a packed lunch, and spending money for books. I’ll probably end up naming my first hernia after this event!’

‘The quality and diversity in the YA genre has never been better. We wanted to reflect that in this year’s line-up. There is something for everyone at Cumbernauld Theatre on 21st April. The emphasis will be on live readings and performance. Yay! YA+ is a completely unique literary day out.’


There will be a book shop set up in the Theatre on the day of the Festival courtesy of Scotia Books, which will enable pupils to purchase books from the attending authors and also get them signed.

Contact: For interview requests, photographs or more information, please contact

Jean Cairns

This is a school only event, fully subscribed and is not open to the public

Yay! YA+ is funded by Cumbernauld Theatre, and locally independent book shop Scotia Books is giving in-kind sponsorship.

This event is open to all press and press photographers, if you wish to attend please give notice of your attendance to Jean Cairns at the above contact.


The attending authors are:

Catherine MacPhail

Kirkland Ciccone

Elizabeth Wein

Alex Nye

Alex McCall

Roy Gill

Estelle Maskame

Victoria Gemmell


Click HERE for more information on the lineup.


Yay 2016!

Eight of the biggest, brightest, and best authors in YA.

A day of live events.

Cumbernauld Theatre.

A bookshop.

A unique experience.

A celebration of Scotland’s Teen Reads Scene.

Yes, it’s nearly that time of year again. Last year 200 pupils from secondary schools around Scotland attended the very first Yay! YA+ and the feedback was so good we’re doing it again.

Keep an eye out for the big announcement. Support your favourite YA authors. And make sure you have money to get your school bus in gear.


Kirkland Ciccone



The Big Day!

It happened!

It actually happened!

And it was amazing. No seriously, it was amazing. School buses, the press, authors and all sorts of YA loving book types came to Cumbernauld Theatre to celebrate the Teen Reads Scene of Scotland.  The day was kicked off by Kirkland Ciccone, who resembled not so much Barbarella but Barbarfella in his tin foil top and ray gun.  “Welcome to the first annual Hunger Gam…oh wait!”  The auditorium was packed with teenagers, who were then split into groups. One lot of teens stayed in the auditorium to see a trailer of the new movie version of Cathy MacPhail’s classic YA chillfest Another Me.  Then Cathy arrived to discuss her books in front of an enraptured audience.  Theresa Breslin followed, arriving with a gas mask on her face! *it was fabulous*  She discussed her classic books while the screen behind her showed slides of various book covers.  Pupils asked questions about Divided City and Ghost Soldier, which Theresa answered, and then she moved aside to give Barry Hutchison his turn with the microphone!  TIP: don’t buy him a squirrel. Don’t even mention squirrels to him.  Don’t even think about squirrels when he’s around.  DON’T DO IT.

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Meanwhile, around the theatre, the other teenagers were escorted by the Front of House team led by Lorna to each author who performed a reading from their books.  The pupils loved this part of the day because they got to explore the innards of the old theatre, and they got to see their favourite authors face to face.  Lari Don, Matt Cartney, Linda Strachan, V.C. Campbell, Roy Gill and Alex Nye rose to the occasion in their individual areas.  And every now and then…the pupils caught sight of Kirkland Ciccone and his metallic fashions of the future.  His ray gun wasn’t armed with darts, because Kirkland knows that even in the future the potential for lawsuits is high!

Then the book shop opened.  The place was mobbed and Scotia Books, who provided the book shop, sold a tonne of books. Hurrah!

Keith Charters, author of the Lee series, then came to the Theatre and hosted the panel.  We had a very savvy audience, thank goodness.

And then it was all over.

But what about next year?

Well that’s another story…


Here it is, folks! Here is the schedule we’ve suffered over for weeks on end. With so many authors and so little time, we debated on different ways to give you more to see, hear and do at Yay!YA+ in April.  This is the first event in Scotland completely dedicated to YA books – and why not? They’re the best books ever…and we have some of the best YA authors at Cumbernauld Theatre in April.

Our schedule.
Our schedule.

Here is how the day will go:

We have 200 pupils booked – 10 schools.

All pupils will be in the auditorium for the introduction then approximately 100 will remain to see the programme as listed for that area.

The remaining 100 – split in to groups of 16/17 – will have roughly 10  minute slots with the other authors who are positioned in the various areas of the Theatre. They will be accompanied by a member of FOH staff. Fortunately the school bookings are for 16 or 33 therefore the splits are ideal.

There will be an hour for lunch and book signing. Then we swap so that those who have circulated in the morning are seated in the auditorium and vice versa.

All pupils therefore have a chance to see/meet and experience all the writers’ work.

We will finish with a 15 minute Q & A for all and a last opportunity to meet authors and sign books.

We will be fully staffed that day and are well used to having large school parties in the building but we can chat next week about support.

Our Creative Learning Department will be in touch with the schools regarding facilities , photography permissions etc. Again we run many projects with NLC schools therefore are set up to cover these types of issues.

If you need to ask any questions, EMAIL CUMBERNAULD THEATRE or the gang here at Yay!YA+ and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.



We’ve sold out! Our festival is now fully booked, packed with people looking forward to a day of YA.

And the lucky schools who got in first were:

Balfron H.S.			
Braidhurst H.S		
Chryston H.S		
Cumbernauld Academy	
Eastwood H.S		
Our Lady’s H.S 		
St Ambrose H.S		
St Lukes H.S 			
St Ninians H.S		
Williamwood H.S		
Woodfarm H.S


Our fast paced schedule goes up in the next few days.  It is all happening!

We’re Happening!

The latest figures are in and they’re great!

170 spaces have been booked for Yay! YA+.

There’s still time to book slots and come along for something really brilliantly unique.

More updates on Friday!