Why Is Gaming YouTuber Ali A Appearing At A UK Book Festival This Autumn?

11 July 2017, 11:29 | Updated: 6 November 2017, 09:41

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By Josh Lee

The gaming YouTuber is coming a festival that you might not expect

Gaming YouTuber Ali A is making an appearance at a UK festival this year; But it isn't Summer In The City, VidFest, or anywhere else you might expect a YouTuber to be.

Ali A is coming to the Cheltenham Literature festival.


Every Autumn, the picturesque town of Cheltenham hosts over 600 of the world's best writers for a celebration of all things literary. The festival prides itself on hosting guest from a wide range of literary backgrounds - including YouTube, apparently.

Ali A isn't the first YouTuber to appear at the prestigious festival.

Last year Dan TDM was a guest at the festival; leading to overnight queues and more tweens than the festival knew what to do with. So if you want to catch Ali at this year's event, you'll probably want to book ASAP. The details of his appearance haven't been officially confirmed yet; but he'll definitely be launching his first graphic novel, 'Game On!' at the festival, a whole two weeks before it goes on general release.

A graphic novel, you say?

We do say! Ali A's 'Game On!' follows the YouTuber as he finds himself battling aliens as a fictional game launch comes to life. Here's how the graphic novel's been described on Amazon:

"It's launch time for the hotly anticipated video game Alien Liberator 2, and who better to invite along than top gamer Ali-A? Ali is promised the biggest game launch ever--but what he doesn't count on is just how real the action is about to get!

When a merciless band of aliens turns up to spoil the party, it's up to Ali to transform from gaming icon to real-life hero. Can he defeat the end-of-game boss and save the day? With a little help from his fans and his very special dog, Eevee, he's going to give it his best shot"


How can you get your hands on tickets?

Here are all the important dates:

Literature Festival full programme reveal: 12th August

Members Priority Booking: Wednesday 30th August, from 1pm

Public Booking: Wednesday 6th September, from 1pm

Festival dates: 6 – 15 October 2017

Prices: To be announced

Speaking of books, have you heard? Our first We The Unicorns Book, "World Of YouTube" is out on June 13th!

Get an exclusive sneaky peek inside the book here.