About YA Shot

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YA Shot is moving to the spring! The next festival will be Spring 2018!

We’ll be busy and active with 3 on-going Libraries-Schools Programmes in the meantime, plus all our plans to become a registered charity, so there will be plenty going on. More news to follow.

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 2016 festival will take place on Saturday 22nd October 2016. Around 70 authors are involved in a programme of workshop, panel and ‘in conversation’ events (plus book-signing sessions) in the Uxbridge Civic Centre, Waterstone’s Uxbridge and Uxbridge Library. There is also a programme of fantastic blogging and vlogging workshops. 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. In 2016, the YA Shot festival is supported by Hillingdon Council, Hillingdon Borough Libraries and Waterstones Uxbridge: we’re hoping to fund the 2016-2017 LSP from ticket-sales and donations from authors in our inaugural year.

Tweet us via the #YAShot and #YAShot2016 hashtags.

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