A few months ago, I went to YALC and the LFACC and decided to blog about it! I said in that post that con wise, I usually prefer MCM. So since I went this October, I decided to do another blog post.
This is a convention that I’ve been attending for years. I’ve been going since they were only in a small hall, and other events were on simultaneously. Now it takes up the whole building. The London events are every May and October, and they hold similar events in Birmingham as well. Though I’ve never been to that one. These are massive conventions with guests from TV, film, video games, comics and anime/manga. However, a lot of the merch and artists do tend to be more anime-focused. So if that’s not something you’re into, you won’t find as much. But you’ll definitely still find things. I mean, there was a Dracula-themed alcohol stall this time. This is a big event, so hopefully, there should be something for you.
I love getting the chance to attend bookish events. I don’t go to them that often. I might be fairly close to London, but I’d still have to stay the night in the city, and most of the time, I can’t excuse that. So when one happens a little closer to home, I’m happy.
The launch party for The Very Secret Society of Witches was held in the Waterstones in Norwich. It’s a place local to the author and a store that hosts many events. I’ve blogged about one such event before. But that Tuesday night was dedicated to Sangu Mandanna herself.
Ah, YALC, it’s a dream event for most of us book lovers in the UK. A mini-convention dedicated to YA books where we can visit a ton of publishers, buy merch and just have fun at a bookish event. Due to when it is, I hadn’t been able to attend before now. The end of July is my brother’s birthday, so I’m usually busy. Fortunately, they moved it earlier in the month this time.
I’m going to split this post into two sections. I’m mostly going to talk about YALC, but I want to talk a little bit about LFACC. I also spent a good bit of time with my sister. I’ll add I’ve been to other conventions before this one – mostly the London MCM Comic-Con – so I do have an idea of what I like about them.
Last weekend was YALC! For those not in the know, that’s the Young Adult Literature Convention in the UK. It’s held every year at the end of July/beginning of August, and it’s usually held in London. But with Covid, it’s been held online for the last two years. Meaning that I’ve finally been able to participate.
I thought I’d do a little round-up about what I did and enjoyed. I know some of the giveaways are still going for a little longer, and the panels are all available to watch on YALC’s Youtube. So if you see anything you’re interested in, it might not hurt to check them out.
Emblemathon is the Fire Emblem Three Houses inspired readathon that I’m running this July.
I’ve been wanting to arrange some sort of bookish event for a while but I wasn’t sure how well it would work. In a chat with booktubers Jade and G, I found the courage to actually get my arse into gear and do it. An event that’ll highlight the things I love and I’ll have fun with even if it just ends up being me and a few friends.
So, apparently, the coding course I’ve started completely scuppered any and all plans I had to get back into writing and blogging and the like in June. But after having attended a book event at Waterstones Norwich as a blogger friend’s plus one, I’ve been inspired to get my arse back into gear. Finally.
On Monday 29th July, Waterstones Norwich was host to the Fierce Fantasy event with three wonderful authors on the panel; Christine Lynn Herman with her debut The Devouring Gray, Adrienne Young with her debut Sky in the Deep and Sarah Maria Griffin with her second book Other Words for Smoke.