UKYA Extravaganza

So, after a month or so of waiting for it, and an amazingly epic blog tour, yesterday the UKYA Extravaganza finally happened in Birmingham.

I didn’t get off to the best start to the day. My little car died this week (RIP) and public transport is not my friend, but after one very slow bus, and an impressively quick walk/run to the train station and lots of directions from other people, I made it to the Birmingham High Street Waterstones.

(I should point out that I only live round the corner from Birmingham and it should not have been such a big thing. I know a lot of people travelled a lot further for it!)

As I am cursed with crippling shyness, I probably didn’t make the most of the event, but I’m just going to take baby steps for now and call it a success. I met Anna from Enchanted By YA which was great as we’ve spoken a fair bit online. I also met Georgina from Miss Chapter’s Reviews who was so friendly and easy to talk to, and helped me find cake, which is always good.

Author wise I got to meet Rachel Ward who I interviewed for the blog tour and it was great to meet her in person, and she also introduced me to Lucy from Queen of Contemporary, who leads the UKYAChats.

Money’s tight so I wasn’t planning on buying anything, but I couldn’t resist getting Sleepless by Lou Morgan so I could get it signed by her. We had a great chat and I can’t wait to read her book.

And I ended my time there chatting to Jim from YA Yeah Yeah and Debbie from Snuggling on the Sofa who were both so friendly I wish I’d spoken to them earlier in the day.

There were plenty of bloggers and authors I wish I’d spoken to, but I think I did okay for my first event. As a reader and a writer I found the whole thing so inspiring: it’s amazing just being in a room with people who love books as much as you do, and I really can’t wait for the next event.

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9 Replies to “UKYA Extravaganza”

  1. Thank you for such a lovely write up and for coming to the event. It's people like you who made it special! Oddly, I'm OK in a room full of people but really struggle talking on the phone – I'm working on it! Small steps, hey?

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