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!

A Few Words From Alex Nye

Here is a nice Yay! YA+ related blog post from the fabulous Alex Nye, award winning author of Chill.  She’s just one of our many award winning authors taking part in the event.

This is fab author Alex Nye!
This is Alex Nye opening her inviation to Yay! YA+.  It will self-destruct in 5,4,3,2…

Today sees the launch of Scotland’s FIRST EVER book festival for Young Adult Literature. My friend Kirkland Ciccone had the bright and original idea of ensuring that Scotland had its own festival to celebrate its own tradition of Scottish authors (and authors who live in Scotland), to meet the needs of local schools. The First of these festivals has been organised for 24th April in Cumbernauld Theatre and will feature a variety of engaging workshops/activities/author events to inspire pupils and young readers from all over the country. Places are already being booked, so if you would like your school to take part, you are encouraged to apply for a place soon.

Scotland deserves its own Book Festival for its own young people, and let this be the first of many. A new tradition has begun.

Taken from Alex Nye’s official Goodreads page.


We’re here! Yay! YA+ is officially up and running. Every school librarian in Scotland will get our special email. Teen YA readers will finally have the festival they deserve: and that’s us. We can’t wait to begin. This has been planned for months. On one side we have Cumbernauld Theatre, and on the other CultureNL. And there’s so much more to come, and we’ll reveal more about our special new festival across the new few days.

Here’s Kirkland Ciccone launching Yay! YA+ at Greenfaulds High School this morning:

Kirkland Ciccone's groovy shirt.
Kirkland Ciccone’s groovy shirt.

We dig his fab shirt.

We have some of the brighest and best authors in YA and Kid Lit coming to Cumbernauld Theatre in April.  Check them out and book your places NOW!