I think I can safely say that I'm one of the world's most infrequent bloggers, especially when I'm in the throes of writing a new book, as I have been these past months. Today, however, I've been prompted to resuscitate my blog to write a quick post. Here's why:


If you've been on Twitter lately you may have heard of the UKYA Extravaganza in Birmingham on the 28th of this month. 

Organised by authors Kerry Drewery and Emma Pass, and hosted by Watersones High Street, it promises to be an amazing afternoon of literary fun. There will be 35 authors there (of which I'm one!), giving readings and talking about their books with readers, bloggers and everyone who loves UK young adult fiction. I can't wait to meet and mingle with so many incredible authors and UKYA fans. There's a lot of buzz around UKYA at the moment so I guess it was no surprise to learn that tickets for the event sold out very quickly. For those who are lucky enough to have grabbed one, I look forward to seeing you on the day.

For updates on the event follow @UKYAX, plus you can check out the Goodreads list of Extravaganza authors /books here



The panel to the right gives you the dates of the UKYA Extravaganza blog tour that's ongoing, in the run up to the event itself. My slot is on February 23rd with the wonderful Laura, AKA SisterSpooky, but, as you can see, there is a plethora of YA-related chat with which to while away the hours.


UKYA rocks! I'm so glad to play my small part in it. 

Comments: 2 (Discussion closed)
  • #1

    Susanna Bavin (Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:09)

    Sounds like an exciting and worthwhile event, Christina. 35 authors getting together to give YA books a boost is a great thing to be part of. No wonder the tickets have sold out. I'm sure you will have a brilliant time.

    PS Lovely to have a new blog from you!!

  • #2

    Marcia Strykowski (Thursday, 12 February 2015 22:31)

    Congratulations, Christina! This sounds like an amazingly fun event and a great opportunity.

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