Tomorrow is YA Shot in Uxbridge, London.
This is my first time attending an event like this so I am excited, yet nervous. I have also signed up to attend the YA Blogging Awards in the evening so I am looking forward to meeting some of the lovely people I follow online in real-life.
The year is theme is Human Rights and there is a brilliant line-up of authors.
The event takes place across two venues – The Hillingdon Civic Centre and Uxbridge Library.
I am taking the train to get there so will need to leave the house at 7.20 to make it there for just before ten, with an estimated journey time of 2 hours and 10 minutes – phew!
Tickets can be picked up from 10am so I am planning to get them the go for a quick wander to see where everything is.
The programme for the day is as follows:
So far I am planning to attend:
11am Power, Privilege & Inequality Panel
I am really interested in these issues and they play an important part in many of the books I like too. I am also hoping to get my books signed by Vic James because I love The Dark Gifts series.
12pm Whose stories get told? Who tells them?
This is a really important issue in publishing because, even with a push towards greater diversity, there still isn’t enough. Listen to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talk about the danger of a single story.
1pm Stories for Change
I want to attend this one for two reasons – one is that both of these authors (Melinda Salisbury and Alwyn Hamilton) are brilliant speakers and very passionate about what they believe in. Two is because I believe that stories have such power to change hearts and minds.
E.g. See this article about how Harry Potter may have shaped the political views of an entire generation.
2pm Travel, Adventures & Writing
I’m excited to attend this because I love traveling and my time living and visiting other countries has opened my eyes so much to the diversity and wonderful variety of our world, as well as some of the problems we face as a species. I have also just finished When the Mountains Roared by Jess Butterworth so can’t wait to meet her!
3pm Writing Across Cultures
While I have yet to read anything by Jason Rohan, I know that he lived in Japan for several years. As someone who is passionate about multilingualism and multiculturalism, I love seeing this in writing. I am also aware of the pitfalls of poor representation or cultural stereotypes. This looks like an interesting workshop!
Everything at 4pm looks great, but I am also aware that I will probably be exhausted by this stage so not sure how much further I will make it… I would really like to hear the panel about Home and Belonging or join Jo Cotterill to talk about embedding human rights in fiction.
At 5pm I am torn between two of the events…which to choose? Research for writing outside you experience sounds interesting, but so does the final panel…
I am then planning to attend the Blogger Awards which should be great fun, even if everyone will be physically exhausted but mentally stimulated by all the fantastic authors we have heard from during the day.
The YABA are scheduled to run from 6 – 8.30 with panels before the prize-giving and an informal social afterwards…I wonder how many of us will make it?
Between all the panels, conversations, workshops and signings, it seems like it might be tough to fit in meals and breaks so I am planning to bring LOTS of snacks!
Overall, I am excited, yet nervous…and will probably come away with lots of books!
Are you planning to attend YA Shot this year?
Have you attended this or a similar event before?
Are there any panels/workshops that you think I definitely shouldn’t miss?
If you’re going to be there, please let me know in the comments or come and say hello!
Thanks for reading!