Take us back to YALC!
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Posted On 2016-08-10 16:00:24 |  Last Update 2016-08-10 16:04:04 |  Read 1953 times | 0 Comments

The dust has well and truly settled on YALC, and we’re just about coming around to the idea that it’s over for another whole year. *sob*

An absolute highlight of the YA calendar, this year’s YALC was no disappointment! We loved meeting all you avid YA readers and chatting about our upcoming YA anthology, I’ll Be Home For Christmas.

For those of you that missed it, Stripes brought Christmas in July to YALC, as we converted our stand into a cosy Christmas living room, complete with YA-filled bookshelves, family photos of our much-loved YA authors celebrating bygone Christmases and a Christmas tree adorned with author-filled baubles! Our commitment to #ChristmasinJuly meant that you probably saw us dressed in our best Christmas knitwear or elf outfits – hohoho!

It was great to see our #UKYAHomeBook authors take part in multiple panels across the weekend. From Lisa Williamson and Juno Dawson cringing over their teen diaries, Holly Bourne waving the flag for feminism and friendship, Melvin Burgess debating the responsibility and role of morally complicated YA to Julie Mayhew starting a revolution, Non Pratt curating playlists and Cat Clarke sharing her experience in the author/agent zone, the weekend was full of lively discussions, insights and enthusiasm.

As a space also for budding authors, we were delighted to be joined by our short story competition winner Tracy Darnton, who, alongside commissioning editor Ruth Bennett and author Katy Cannon, delivered an inspiring short story writing workshop.

As YALC gets bigger and better each year, there’s always something for every reader and the Stripes team all had their favourite part of the weekend.

“[I liked] watching everyone else enjoying the feeling of belonging to the friendly, and welcoming YA community. YA authors and readers are the best!” - Lizzie, Senior Designer

“I loved the buzz and the atmosphere of YALC. Everyone is reading books and talking about books with such enthusiasm – it's such a level platform, with authors and publishers and teens all mixed in together, united by their love of YA!” - Ruth Bennett, Commissioning Editor

“I had an amazing time on the Sunday celebrating all things Harry Potter with the MuggleNet Potter Party. […] The weekend gave Team Stripes the chance to don our best Christmas glad rags, and I had a lot of fun talking directly to bloggers and readers about our wonderful anthology, all the while dressed as an elf. It was all very Christmas in July!” - Charlie, Publicity Executive

If you signed up to our prize draw mailing list over the weekend, watch your inbox for juicy YA gossip and details on the winner of the signed edition I’ll Be Home For Christmas!
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