UKYA Blogger Awards


Free UKYABA tickets will be available on the door at YA Shot and UKYABA (if ‘stocks’ last). First come, first served! If you asked for a ticket already, then you have one waiting at the door.

YA Shot couldn’t be more delighted to announce our partnership with the UKYA Blogger Awards (or UKYABA -‘yabba’ for ease!). The UKYABA is a perfect fit with YA Shot in so many ways. YA Shot is about the UKYA and UKMG community coming together to support libraries and young people; our ethos is all about everyone being welcome and valued and included. Celebrating our fantastic bloggers and vloggers – passionate, challenging and fun – is a great way to demonstrate how broad the publishing industry is and how many different ways there are to get involved, gain skills, make friends and learn.

The UKYABA will be in the Middlesex Suite, ‘Hillingdon’ Civic Centre (which is actually in Uxbridge on the High Street). Check out the YA Shot 2016 venue page for details.

YA Shot events will finish at 6.45pm (though our final signing session will run until 7.45pm). At 7pm*, doors will open to UKYABA-only ticket holders. There’s a covered area outside the Box Office where you can wait, but it may be chilly in the evening as it’s October so do bring a coat as we won’t be able to accommodate people waiting in the Box Office until it’s time to pick up tickets. From 7-7.45pm there will be a reception with drinks and nibbles.

The Box Office will close shortly after 7.45pm and there will be no entrance after this point. The speeches and Awards Ceremony will start at 7.45pm and finish at 8.30pm. We’ll mingle and celebrate until 9.30pm. There will be alcohol at the UKYABA so please bring ID (we will do random age-checks) and please, if you’re under 18, help us act as responsible hosts by staying away from the booze!

The Slug and Lettuce directly opposite the Civic Centre stays open until 11pm for those who want to continue partying, though it’s best to order food before 10.15pm at the very latest. There won’t be anything official happening after 9.30pm but a group will likely go across the road for a bit of chill-out time. Everyone is welcome, but do be aware there is nothing laid on so you’ll need to pay for whatever food and drinks you want.

UKYABA tickets are free. You don’t have to buy a YA Shot ticket to get a ticket to UKYABA. However, the ticket plan is quite complicated so  to keep things simple and clear here’s what you need to know: the UKYABA and YA Shot websites will always tell you the current method for getting hold of tickets to both events (if any are available). It will change, but so long as you check one or other site, you’ll always know exactly what to do. You can follow this site for email updates or follow us on Twitter (@UKYABA and #YAShot via @AlexiaCasale) to find out about changes as soon as they happen.

If you want to put your name down as a ‘helping hand’, it would be great to have a little list of people who’ll lend a hand if we need one. Just drop a comment below once you’ve secured a ticket!

*From 7pm, the whole Middlesex Suite venue will become ‘access all areas’ with the exception of the cloakroom. We’re really sorry but it’s just too small to cater to everyone, so cloakroom access will be restricted to YA Shot authors and contributors, and UKYABA shortlistees. We don’t make any promises about belongings left in the cloakroom, but it is manned by Hillingdon Borough Library staff so to date we’ve had no problems!