YA Shot is an author-run, author-led Young Adult and Middle Grade festival that raises the money and resources to run a year-long programme pairing libraries and schools for free author events to foster a love of reading, inspire a passion for writing, and encourage aspirations to careers in the Arts. We believe in equal access to books and opportunities for all – YA Shot brings UKYA and UKMG authors together to pursue that goal, supporting libraries and young people across the country. At present, we’re a not-for-profit organisation but we’re seeking to become a charity.
YA Shot is a one-day annual festival based in the centre of Uxbridge (London). The 2018 festival will take place on Saturday 14th April 2018. Over 50 authors are involved in a programme of workshop, panel and ‘in conversation’ events (plus book-signing sessions) in the Uxbridge Civic Centre and Uxbridge Library. There is also a programme of fantastic blogging and vlogging workshops as part of the UKYA Blogger Awards in the evening. YA Shot is run in partnership with Hillingdon Borough Libraries and Waterstone’s Uxbridge.
YA Shot is incredibly grateful to have been awarded an Arts Council Grant for our inaugural year. YA Shot and its 2015/2016 Libraries-Schools Programme are supported using public money and National Lottery funding by Arts Council England. Thanks to this grant the 2015/2016 Libraries-Schools Programme was able to offer 35 events free to host Libraries in the London Borough of Hillingdon and local schools. We also provided a free copy of the relevant author’s book to both the host library and the school library for each event. For 2016 – and again in 2018 – the YA Shot festival was supported by Hillingdon Council, Hillingdon Borough Libraries and Waterstones Uxbridge: the 2016-2017 LSP was funded entirely by ticket-sales and donations from authors in our inaugural year.