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YA Shot 2016

YA ShotYA Shot is an author-run, author-led not-for profit organisation that hosts a Young Adult and Children’s Literature festival to raise money and resources for a year-long programme pairing libraries and schools for free author events. YA Shot aims to foster a love of reading, inspire a passion for writing, and encourage aspirations to careers in the Arts. YA Shot are supported by Arts Council England, Hillingdon Council and Waterstones Uxbridge.   The goal of the organisation is to promote equal access and opportunities as regards reading, writing and working in the Arts for everyone.

This year, the one-day YA Shot festival is on 22 October 2016 in Uxbridge, London. It is an opportunity to meet authors, publicists and publishers and enjoy a wide range of events from workshops on vlogging and creating fantasy worlds to panels on how writing can convey positive messages about consent and romantic relationships, and from ‘in conversation’ events about when kids have to rescue adults to signing sessions and workshops on getting started in the publishing industry.

This year the festival will host 72 authors (including 2015 Carnegie Winner Tanya Landman, Holly Bourne, Melinda Salisbury, Zoella book-club author Sara Barnard, and Holly Smale) as well as 12 top book-bloggers and vloggers.

YA Shot would love as many passionate young people as possible to get the opportunity to engage with authors while learning skills to help them in the future to gain a career in the world of books.  

The YA Shot Libraries-Schools Programme brings communities together by pairing public libraries and local disadvantaged schools to work towards the common goal of promoting reading for pleasure. With the aim to encourage a new generation of readers and authors who care about the future of libraries and books: so crucial for learning, enjoyment and the development of empathy. The libraries in the Programme identify schools they believe are in most need and coordinate with YA Shot, the school and the visiting author to create the opportunity to help the young people become more interested in books, authorship and the Arts through a free author event. In a recent Society of Authors survey, over 99% of people who had arranged an author visit found it to have a great impact on the young people involved, encouraging reading for pleasure, wider reading and creative writing. This impact was noted to be stronger amongst reluctant readers and pupils with Special Educational Needs.

For the academic year 2016/2017, YA Shot will be working with two library partners: Haringey Libraries in London and Sunderland Libraries. YA Shot reached out to Sunderland specifically in the wake of the particularly devastating cuts they’ve received, and are absolutely delighted to be supporting them in moving forwards as they continue to offer a fantastic service to the local community, including local young people. If there is any avenue for encouraging other libraries – particularly ones that have faced swinging cuts – to apply for the Programme (it’s free, including free to apply) YA Shot are already looking to choose partners for 2017/2018 and welcome applications from any and all UK library groups and systems eager to run free author visits with local schools.

Further information is available on the website.  Tickets (£15 concession, £20 adult) can also be purchased through Box Office via the website: there are no additional charges or fees.

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