Class of 2016!

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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.


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