On Wednesday the 19th March the AGM for the Youth Libraries Group: London was held at the Faber & Faber Offices in Queen Square. The AGM went smoothly and quickly; then with official business having been taken care of, this left the evening clear for the main draw of the evening – A talk with four of Faber’s Teen/YA authors.
Alexander Gordon Smith (and his brother Jamie’s head)
Alex Milway and his rats.
All attendees were introduced to the F&F youth punlishingteam and then the floor was left open to the authors.
Steve Voake discussed his books The Dreamwalkers Child, The Web of Fire and The Starlight Conspiracy.
Alexander Gordon Smith (so named he said to prevent him having the nickname ‘GAS’ in school) – call him Gordon, spoke about his series The Inventors that he co-writes with his younger brother Jamie.
Rachel Wright spoke about her book You’ve got Blackmail and the heroine Lozzie Cracknell (described as Kelly Osbourne without the drag queen make up).
Alex Milway introduced his book The Mousehunter and showcased some mice (lovingly made by his mum) as well as speaking about workshops he has run on mouse creation and stories.
After the authors had spoken they fielded questions from the audience and then everyone had a chance to get their books signed and chat to the authors (as well as getting photos taken).
A close up of three of the mice from The Mousehunter – The Golden Mouse, The Howling Moon Mouse and (I think) the Moose Mouse.
A close up of one of AGS’s tattoos – worn that night in honour of the Librarians he was speaking to
It was an excellent evening that left all attendees feeling good and is a sign of the high-quality YA books currently being published in the UK.