Alt Fiction, Writing East Midlands’s weekend festival of genre booky stuff is coming up at the end of this month, and I’ve got three events lined up:
- Saturday, 11 am – 12 pm, Performance Space – reading (with Jonathan L. Howard)
- Saturday, 2 – 3 pm, Mac Suite – steampunk podcast with Jennifer Williams and Kim Lakin-Smith
- Sunday, 4 – 5 pm, The Box – Publicising Yourself and Your Writing panel, with Jon Weir (Gollancz), Marc Gascoigne (Angry Robot), Tom Hunter (Arthur C. Clarke Award administrator) and Jenni Hill (Abaddon/Solaris)
It should be a great weekend – this is the first time Alt Fiction is running over two days, and if it pans out, I think it will establish this event as the preeminent literary genre convention in the country, taking over from EasterCon and FantasyCon.
This year the guests of honour are Dan Abnett and Alastair Reynolds, and many more writers, editors, agents and publishers will be in attendence. The programme looks terrific too.
My reading will be the first time Empire State is heard in public. The steampunk podcast ties in with the upcoming Her Majesty’s Mysterious Conveyance, an anthology of steampunk novellas from US-based Echelon Press, of which Jen, Kim and myself are the three UK-based contributors. We might even have some copies on hand too!
So, if you can make it to Derby at the end of June, I’d recommend Alt Fiction. A full programme of events will go online shortly, but in the meantime the official information is over at the Alt Fiction website.
See you there!
Edit: the full programme is now online. Check it out, looks pretty cool.