Events Archive

Through the Keyhole: August

It’s time to peek ahead through the keyhole and take a look at the fun events coming up in August! We’re very excited that for the first time this year we’ll be taking a trip to Summer in the City at Alexandra Palace – a huge event dedicated to YouTube Bloggers. It takes place on […]

The Booktrust Best Book Awards ceremony

This time last week, it was time for us to bundle into a taxi and head on down to the Booktrust Best Book Awards with Amazon Kindle. We were very excited as we had two shortlisted books, The Great Galloon by Tom Banks and The Jade Boy by Cate Cain from the Templar Fiction list. […]

Say Their Name

Today we’ve got a guest post from Hot Key author, James Dawson (with two very special guest appearances!) Hello dear readers, The Hot Key team asked me to write a short blog to keep you up to date with everything that’s going on with me. Yes, ME. Let’s start with Say Her Name. Two weeks […]

Through the Keyhole: July YALC takeover!

Welcome readers to *adopts Lloyd Grossman voice* throoooough the keyhole! July is a very exciting month because it will see the first ever Young Adult Literature Convention take place at Earl’s Court and this is A Very Big Deal. Whilst the USA has had events like this for a few years, there’s never been anything […]

Hot Key at Hay Festival

Like it says on the sign, Hay-on-Wye is a town of books – so it made the perfect location as this weekend, team Hot Key decamped to Hay Festival, battling wind, rain and mud to bring some dazzling literary events to the children at the festival. As ever there were epic journeys (Friday afternoon traffic […]

On tour with Maureen Johnson

A month ago we dusted off our manners, polished our tiaras and rolled out the red carpet ready for your reigning Queen of Teen, Maureen Johnson’s Royal Tour. We worked your Queen hard and visited six cities in five days (Newcastle! Leeds! Manchester! Birmingham! Cheltenham! London!) and it was great to see so many loyal […]


This month sees the publication of Gareth P. Jones’ new book THE SOCIETY OF THIRTEEN – a dark and adventure-filled blend of mystery, magic, friendship and the macabre. Gareth is not only a master storyteller but a master entertainer who puts on brilliant interactive, inventive and energetic events all themed around his books. Here he […]

Dawn O’Porter’s Best Friends Ball & THE BOOBY TRAP

On Friday September 20th Dawn O’Porter, her best friends and a large crowd of people gathered in Bush Hall for a ball in aid of Breast Cancer Care’s Pink Fridays campaign. The ball was organised by Breast Cancer Care and sponsored by Andrex. We also used this party as chance to launch THE BOOBY TRAP […]

Hot Key Books at LeakyCon London

Last weekend a large group of Harry Potter fans gathered in one place for LeakyCon London! LeakyCon is a Harry Potter convention that’s been happening in the United States for years and has now finally made its way to the UK. The convention also has a Lit track and some of our authors came long […]

PAPER AEROPLANES: The book tour!

Last month, we had another huge milestone – our first book tour! The months of planning and organising (and packing) for Dawn O’Porter’s PAPER AEROPLANES tour all came together in a crazy week at the end of May. Check out what we got up below! For more about the book and Dawn’s future event dates, […]


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