Young Adult fiction is amazing. Kid Lit is amazing. And literary festivals? AMAZING. So why not combine them all into a glorious day of live events? Think of Yay! YA+ as a Live Aid of amazing authors, except Bob Geldof won’t be asking for your money. Yay! YA+ is the first festival in Scotland to be dedicated to YA fiction. And why not? YA novels at this moment in time are massive, and they deserve respect. And that is what Yay! YA+ is going to do in April. We hope this day is similar to the successful YALC event recently held in London.
Yay! YA+ (the plus sign is silent!) is going to be a day packed full of live events. We have an array of amazing authors, some of the best talent in the YA genre, as well as a few Kid Lit authors thrown in to make the event extra special. Yay! YA+ will have live panels, creative writing workshops, signings, and unique author events you won’t see anywhere else. The best thing about Yay! YA+ is that entry is FREE. The only money pupils will need is cash for the tuck shop and books.
Yay! YA+ is open to every single school in Scotland, providing they can reach Cumbernauld Theatre safely. Seats will be given out on a first come first served basis; tickets must be booked in advance of the day.
The age range for this event is First to Third Year pupils only. This means we have pupils who are the target age to read YA books, but also a good selection of pupils who are about to graduate onto teenage books. We have something for all readers at Yay! YA+.
Yay! YA+ 2016 takes place on Thursday 21st April 2016, 10.00 -14.30.
Our new Twitter account is up and running, and Cumbernauld Theatre will have information to give out soon. If you are a school librarian, please get behind this event!
IMPORTANT: If you want to book pupils from your school, you need to get permission. Staff supplied by North Lanarkshire Council has been disclosed for safety. Cumbernauld Theatre will take bookings. If you can’t get spaces for your pupils, you will be put onto a list and informed if a school drops out.
If you don’t turn up, please give us adequate warning so we can get another school to take your place. Absentee schools will be ineligible for a space next year.
Yay! YA 2016 is curated by Kirkland Ciccone.