Alt. Fiction

So, this weekend I and many other fine writing people are descending on Derby for the Alt.Fiction convention. Here’s the official blurb for the event:

Alt.Fiction Festival 2011
25th-26th June
QUAD, Market Place, Derby

Saturday 25th June, 10am – Midnight
Sunday 26th June, 10am – 5pm

Weekend pass £45
Saturday pass £30
Sunday pass £20
Alt.Fiction marks its fifth year with a fantastic weekend for readers and writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Bringing together some of the UK’s leading talent in the genre, Alt.Fiction presents a two-day programme of readings, panels, workshops, film, podcasts and much more, giving you the chance to hear from your favourite authors, find out more about the world of publishing and learn more about the writing process.

This year’s Guests of Honour are bestselling science fiction author Alastair Reynolds and acclaimed comic book writer and novelist Dan Abnett. They will joined by speakers Tony Ballantyne, Keith Brooke, Mark Chadbourn, Paul Cornell, Peter Crowther, Stephen Deas, Paul Finch, John Jarrold, Graham Joyce, Juliet McKenna, Graham McNeill, Mark Morris, Adam Nevill, Mark Charan Newton, Sarah Pinborough, Robert Shearman, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ian Whates, Conrad Williams, Chris Wooding and many more.

Alt.Fiction is truly a weekend not to be missed for book lovers and writers alike.

As one of the ‘many more’ I can honestly say that I have not been to any other event quite like Alt.Fiction. If you haven’t been, picture many rooms (and a bar) chock full of authors, editors, publishers, reviewers and bloggers; all talking about horror, sci-fi and fantasy books. For fans, there are a lot of signings going on; for would-be writers or those starting out there is a huge number of talks, panels and workshops, as well as podcasts being recorded and extracts being read, covering not just the skills and attitudes of being a writer but also valuable insights into how publishing works, what to do to get yourself out there and noticed and lots of other essential advice. This is the first two-day Alt.Fiction so there is even more stuff to do and people to talk to.

The bar area is a natural congregating ground for general chit-chat, a place to grab an autograph or two that you may have missed and a great arena for swapping war stories and ideas. The whole event has a relaxed atmosphere where fans and professionals alike can chill out and share their love of genre fiction.

I’ll be appearing on a podcast about military sci-fi, and on panels discussing post-Tolkein fantasy and the life of a writer; and on Saturday evening you can hear me give an exclusive reading from The Crown of the Conqueror. That’s if you can fit me in around all of the other luminaries doing the same sort of thing over the weekend.

In other news, I am just starting a Vampire-related short story for Black Library and the planning continues for a 40k novella featuring Chaplain Cassius of the Ultramarines as well as sundry other audiobook and novella ideas.

Come and say hello if you can make it to Derby at the weekend.

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  1. Vampire short story? That wouldn’t be for the Time of Legends Anthology would it?
    *may be excited*

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    • That’s the one. 🙂

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  2. Apologies, for I know this is probably not the right place for this topic. Yet here it is: how goes Path of the Seer?

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    • Path of the Seer is old news for me, work-wise. It’ll be hitting stores in the next few weeks. 🙂

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