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Yay!YA, April 2016

21 April 2016: Yay YA is Scotland's new book festival for YA fiction, taking place at the Cumbernauld Theatre in Cumbernauld from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. Join me with organizer Kirkland Ciccone and Victoria Gemmell, Roy Gill Alex 'Scald' McCall, Catherine MacPhail, Estelle Maskame, and Alex Nye. Any school in Scotland can register for tickets on a first come, first served basis - details available here.


Edinburgh International Book Fair Panel Event - How to Survive Being Published, 20 Aug 2015

Organized by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, this is a chance to chat with a fabulous panel, including authors Jane Yolen, Nicola Morgan, Christina Banach, and me! We're also lucky to be welcoming agent Amber Caravéo from Skylark Literary. Following last year's inaugural SCBWI panel at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the 2015 industry panel question-and-answer will look at "How to survive being published."

This informal Q&A session will take in the challenges of publicity, protecting writing time, and other unexpected bumps that a debut author may encounter – or that veteran authors may encounter as the industry and expectations of self-marketing continue to change. 

The event takes place in Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday 20 August 2015 from 7.30 - 8.30 p.m. Further details and registration information can be found here on the SCBWI website.

The YA Dash 18-20 May 2015

I'm taking part in the YA Dash, an online competition and giveaway featuring 10 fantastic YA suspense authors. Details for the event are here on the YA Dash web page - there will be lots of truths, lies and secrets flying around the internet from 18-20 May! Join me and use the hashtags #YADash and #truthorlie. It promises to be a whole lot of fun.


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