Line up for Preston’s NYALitFest with over 50 authors

NYALitFest two years ago

After a two-year hiatus, NYALitFest is making an in-person return to the UCLan campus, with over 50 authors scheduled.


The festival focuses on books for young adults and children.

NYALitFest takes place on Saturday, May 21 with doors open at 9 a.m., while KIDSLitFest takes place on Sunday, May 22 with doors at 10 a.m. On both days, attendees must register at the UCLan publishing booth as soon as they enter.

Read on for more details on the events of the two days.

NYALitFest on Saturday, May 21


10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Character creation with Danielle Jawando

Join critically acclaimed author Danielle Jawando for a creative writing workshop. Danielle will explore how to create authentic three-dimensional characters that pop off the page. Examine voice, setting and plot, to create compelling and memorable characters for young audiences.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Shared reading with Natasha Devon

Join Rab from The Reader to try an hour shared reading of Natasha Devon’s Toxic. In a shared reading group, the facilitator reads the text aloud, then we stop and discuss what we have read.

There’s no pressure for band members to read aloud or even speak – it’s perfectly fine to just listen.

The idea is to create a space where everyone feels comfortable. This event is extra special as all attendees will receive a limited proof of Toxic (not available for sale until July) to take home with them, and the group will have the opportunity to meet Natasha and have their copy signed.

Hearing the fiction read aloud in real time means everyone is involved in a shared experience, with the book providing a talking point for relaxed conversation between those who want to talk.

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2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Building Trust with CG Moore

A session focused on building confidence and self-esteem and how you can apply them to your writing.

Open to all ages, Chris will empower participants and help you understand what is holding you back. Leave this session equipped with the tools and techniques to boost your confidence and feel more positive.

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10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. The Publishing Process with Louise Lamont and Katie Clapham

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Getting your pitch right with John Baker and Gabriela Houston

Panel Events

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. The Craft with Finbar Hawkins, Ciannon Smart, Mary Watson. Chaired by Jennifer Lane

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Thrills with Bryony Pearce, Cynthia Murphy, Naomi Gibson. Chaired by Amy McCaw

12pm – 1pm Signings with Danielle Jawando, Katie Clapham, Gabriela Houston, Finbar Hawkins, Ciannon Smart, Mary Watson, Jennifer Lane, Bryony Pearce, Cynthia Murphy, Naomi Gibson and Amy McCaw

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. The world we live in with Simon James Green, Sita Brahmachari, Cynthia So. Chaired by Kate Weston

2pm – 2:45pm Live, Love and Laugh with Christine Pillainayagam, George Lester and Tamsin Winter. Chaired by Sara Barnard

3pm – 4pm Signing sessions with Simon James Green, Sita Brahmachari, Cynthia So, Kate Weston, Christine Pillainayagam, George Lester, Tamsin Winter, Sara Barnard and CG Moore

3:30 – 4:15 The fight for what is right with Aneesa Marufu, Ann Sei Lin, Katharine and Elizabeth Corr. Chaired by Kesia Lupo

4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Signing sessions with Aneesa Marufu, Ann Sei Lin, Kesia Lupo, Katharine and Elizabeth Corr

5:30 p.m. Closing of the event

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KIDSLitFest on Sunday May 22


10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Magical Story Jars and the Chief Story Makers (free activity)

Come and have fun telling stories at the Story Mixing Station.

This drop-in activity is guaranteed to help everyone enjoy playing with story ideas to create their own adventure stories.

Use Magical Story Jars®️ story cards to help inspire your own short story. Write or draw scenes from your newly created adventure stories using many different characters, including Rodney the very shy robot and his friend Dave the talking pencil.

Along the way, your story characters can become superheroes for the day, find secret doors, and discover gigantic glowing rockets. What story will you create?

Chief Story Makers will be on hand to provide support, help children shape their stories and ensure they leave inspired and excited about all things story. Jars of Magical Stories will also be available for purchase on the day.

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Create an extraterrestrial storytelling workshop (free activity)

Join Rab, author of the Middle-Grade adventure The Late Crew, and design your own alien!

Whether it’s creating alien fact files, drawing alien designs, designing home planets, imagining wonderful alien superpowers, there’s something for kids and adults alike to create their own alien creatures.

Once you’re done, you can even create a story featuring your alien as the star!


10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. All LOL with Tasha Harrison, Helen Rutter and James Harris. Chaired by Simon James Green

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Signings and booths with Tasha Harrison, Helen Rutter, James Harris and Simon James Green

12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Noah followed by a dedication

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Adventure awaits! with Vashti Hardy, Annaliese Avery and Ross Welford. Chaired by Jasmine Richards). Tracking a signature

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. How are you feeling? with Darren Simpson, Gabriela Houston. Chaired by Paul Jenkins. Followed by a signature.

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Mystery and Mayhem with Jo Clarke, Susan Brownrigg and Anna James. Chaired by Katherine Woodfine. Followed by a signature.

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. You Have the Power with Tamsin Mori, Elle McNicoll and Ross MacKenzie. Chaired by Jennifer Claessen. Followed by a signature.

5:30 p.m. Closing of the event

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