Yay! YA+ Book Festival
On Friday 24th April nearly 200 pupils from local secondary school were all waiting with anticipation for the start of the first Yay! YA+ book festival – celebrating all that is brilliant about Teen Fiction in Scotland. Chryston High were lucky enough to take 10 pupils on the day and they were all looking forward to a great day meeting and listening to authors, buying books and enjoying exploring Cumbernauld Theatre.
So first off was an introduction from Kirkland Ciccone, he welcomed all the pupils then let them know what was in store for them throughout the day.
Chryston High pupils were in the first group to go around Cumbernauld Theatre and meet a whole host of Scottish authors, getting to spend 10 minutes with each author listening to them talk about their books and their love for teen fiction then having the opportunity to ask questions.
First we met Linda Strachan and heard about her new book ‘Don’t Judge Me’ and her previous books, including Catalyst award winning book ‘Spider’. My usually shy pupils were brilliant at asking her lots of questions, so much so that we actually went over our time a little bit as they were so engaged.
Next up for us was Alex Nye who spoke about her books ‘Chill’ and ‘Shiver’ The pupils loved her talk and have been borrowing her books since we got back to school that day.
We then met Matt Carney who really impressed the pupils with his tales of adventure, so much so that they are all trying to decide what adventures they want to go on when they leave school.
Lari Don talking about her new book Mind Blind was a big hit with all the pupils, they all really enjoyed her talk and thought she was so enthusiastic about teen fiction that they couldn’t help but be too.
Victoria Campbell kept the pupils entertained by taking about Viking fighting, which features in her book ‘Viking Gold’, and showing replicas of some of the weapons they used.
Last up on our tour was Roy Gill, talking about his books ‘Daemon Parallel’ and ‘Werewolf Parrallel’. The pupils loved listening to Roy talk about his inspiration for his books and had some really interesting questions to ask.
After meeting all the authors the pupils had a chance to buy some books from Scotia and find a wee nook to eat some lunch before the second part of the day began.
In the auditorium, the pupils were treated to talks from Cathy MacPhail, Theresa Breslin and Barry Hutchinson. It was then time for some quick questions from the panel of authors before the bus was there to pick us up.
All the pupils had a great day and are already asking when the next one is, making the first Yay! YA+ festival a huge success.