Hay Festival
May
31
2:30 PM14:30

Hay Festival

Proud: Stories, Poetry and Art on the Theme of Pride

Friday 31 May 2019, 2.30pm Venue: Compass Studio

Join Juno Dawson as she discusses her new YA anthology Proud with some of its contributors: Simon James Green, Alice Oseman and new author Cynthia So. A rainbow, riotous celebration of talent, Proudis a funny and emotional read, featuring 24 LGBTQ+ YA authors, poets, and artists. All readers deserve to see themselves represented in books, and whether part of the LGBTQ+ community or a supportive ally, we can all read this with pride.

14+

Price: £8.00

Wesbite: https://www.hayfestival.com/p-15168-proud-stories-poetry-and-art-on-the-theme-of-pride.aspx

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Summer of YA Love
Jun
22
4:00 PM16:00

Summer of YA Love

Get ready for the summertime party of the year hosted by Scholastic!

Join us for a celebration of summer romance with Beth Garrod, Simon James Green and Laura Wood. 

 Waterstones Piccadilly will be transformed into a sunshine haven with beach-themed games, fun activities and a hilarious panel conversation with three YA superstars chaired by journalist Sarah Shaffi.

 Beth Garrod is the author of the Super Awkward series, and her new book Take a Chance on Me is the perfect rom-com to read on your summer holiday. By turns relatably awkward and achingly romantic, Beth is one of the best authors writing about British teenage girls. 

 Simon James Green is back with a brand new LGBT rom-com Alex in Wonderland. Set at a seaside amusement arcade, Alex in Wonderland is packed full of Simon’s distinctive brand of mayhem and hilarity. 

Laura Wood’s Under a Dancing Star is a dreamy summer romance set to make you swoon.  If you fell for 2018 YA sensation A Sky Painted Gold, you are bound to fall head over heels for this love story set in 1930s Tuscany. 

Purchase one of these books and receive a beach ready goody bag including summer treats. 

Exclusive: Copies of Take a Chance on Me and Under a Dancing Star will be available before official publication in July.

Website: https://www.waterstones.com/events/summer-of-ya-love-with-beth-garrod-simon-james-green-and-laura-wood/london-piccadilly

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Let's Get Curious!
Jun
30
1:30 PM13:30

Let's Get Curious!

Join us for our Curious YA Launch Party! 

Come along and enjoy a curious afternoon with nibbles, music and a chance to meet Simon James Green, author of Noah Can’t Even and Noah Could Never. Ask your curious questions and chat about their newest book Alex in Wonderland! And get a chance to have an exclusive look at items from our archive, unlocking the untold stories behind LGBTQ+ publishing for young people.  

2 hour event, aimed at young people and adults aged 14+. This event is taking place as part of the launch of Curious Festival 2019 and kick-starts our month of Proud to Be Me celebrations. 

This is a free bookshop event, admission is required if you wish to visit the rest of the building. 

Website: https://www.sevenstories.org.uk/whats-on/events/874/lets-get-curious-with-simon-james-green

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A History of Pride
Jul
22
6:00 PM18:00

A History of Pride

We are delighted to welcome Matthew Todd, author of the Elton John- acclaimed memoir/ polemic "Straight Jacket" to talk about his latest publication, "Pride". 

In "Pride" Matthew Todd documents the milestones in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality, from the victories of early activist to the gradual acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in politics, sport and media, and the passing of legislation barring discrimination. It spans seminal moments and key figures, events and breakthroughs of the movement with reproduction of rare images and documents

Todd has also drawn together the individual stories and moving personal testimonies from key figures such as David Furnish, Maureen Duffy, Paris Lees, Bisi Alimi, Will Young and Reverend Troy Perry.

Matt is being interviewed by author and screenwriter Simon James Green, who is known for his charming and hilarious writing for teens, which includes fiction such as "Noah can't even" and his latest "Alex in wonderland".

Tickets are £3, available from waterstones.com and are redeemable against the book on the night.

https://www.waterstones.com/events/an-evening-of-pride-with-matthew-todd/norwich-castle-street

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YALC (London Film & Comic Con)
Jul
27
10:00 AM10:00

YALC (London Film & Comic Con)

I’m thrilled to be appearing at YALC again this year, where I’ll be chairing the panel “Always Look on the Bright Side of Lit” - all about uplifting, fun, joyful books! I’ll also be signing copies of Alex in Wonderland (and Noah, of course!) during the day. Full details about the schedule, and ticket info is on the YALC website - see you there!

https://www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com/index.php/zones/yalc

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CHCC YA Fest
May
12
11:00 AM11:00

CHCC YA Fest

I’ll be chairing the debuts panel at the YA Fest this year, and then appearing on the LOL panel with author Chloe Seager. Prepare for much hilarity at this fabulous, intimate, festival! Further details (including how to book tickets) from their website: https://chccyafest.wordpress.com

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