I went to YALC for the first time this year! The Young Adult Literature Convention takes place annually for three days from Friday to Sunday in July, as part of London Film and Comic Con. This year I attended with two friends on the Sunday. I was really excited to finally go as I had been looking forward to it all year. Not only was it my first time attending YALC, it was my first time attending any kind of event like that. Following the advice of various bloggers, I brought a small, wheeled suitcase with me, which worked really well.
The day could have started better, as my train was cancelled and the next was delayed, but I still managed to make it in time for the first panel at 10am, which I really wanted to attend. So I headed straight for the stage when I arrived. The panel was called ‘New voices of YA fantasy’ and the authors on the panel were Adrienne Young, Bex Hogan, Christine Lynn Herman, Kesia Lupo, P. M. Freestone and Rachel Burge. It was really interesting to hear about how they found becoming a debut author and about the worlds they created for their books.
I went into London for the day on Monday to meet my parents. Since I’m at university it had been a few weeks since I had seen them so it was really nice to meet up with them. I went to Harrods with Mum to have a look around. The Christmas Shop was really disappointing though, there wasn’t much there and there wasn’t even Christmas music playing! Then we met Dad at Covent Garden and had dinner at Maxwell’s Bar and Grill. The meal was very nice and the service was good too. As the Christmas lights were turned on the night before we had a wonder around, looking at the lights around Covent Garden.
Then we went to Victoria Coach Station to go on a night bus tour with Golden Tours. It was an open top so it was good for taking photographs, though it was very cold! The route was good, it went past a lot of landmarks and we went over the river several times so there were lots of opportunities to take pictures of the Thames. The tour was an hour and a half in total which was a nice length and the tour guide had a lot of interesting things to talk about. I’d never really fancied going on a bus tour before because I thought it sounded boring, but going at night was great because the city looks so different. I would definitely recommend it.