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Thursday, 24 July 2014

August 2014 Fantasy Events In London

These upcoming fantasy events are little more than a fortnight away, so get in there and get your tickets! They all look utterly and undeniably a w e s o m e.

1) 12 August

Event: Fantasy In The Court
Details: Goldsboro Books is hosting this event as a celebration of the fantasy and science fiction genres. According to the advertising, a list of attending writers are; Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Jamie Anderson, James Barclay, Lauren Beukes, Mark Charan Newton, Paul Cornell, Edward Cox, Joanne Harris, M.G.Harris, John Hornor Jacobs, Stephen Hunt, Snorri Kristjansson, Adam Nevill, Sarah Pinborough, Den Patrick, Tom Pollock, Stephanie Saulter, Luke Scull, Samantha Shannon, A.J.Smith, Gavin Smith, James Smyth, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Jon Wallace and Jen Williams.

Time and Place: 6pm at... I forget. (Goldsboro Books, Cecil Court?)
Tickets: £5

2) 13 August [6pm - CLASH v]

Event: The Gollancz Festival 2014
Details: This one seems to have a series of mini-events happening. In 'Room 1' is Patrick Rothfuss (I'm reading his debut novel now, it's outstanding), who is doing a reading, and after that are panels with different authors, it seems. One of the topics is 'whether fantasy, by definition, is consolatory' - sounds AMAZING! And then 'Room 2' had the debut novelists talking about how they got published (gaaaasp I MUST GO.) and... some other things. Here's a quote;
" [...] three bestselling authors will give solo talks, readings and interviews:  Joanne M. Harris will discuss the use of different narratives as a means of exploring stories; Joe Hill might share an insight into having your work become a Hollywood film; and Patrick Rothfuss will give a solo talk and tremendous audience Q&A." [Gollancz website, 24/07/14]
Also there is a goodie bag. Always a winner.
Time and Place: 6pm at Waterstones Piccadilly
Tickets: £6 (£4 for Waterstones Loyalty Card members)
Link: The Gollancz Festival 2014 -

3) 13 August [6.30pm - CLASH]

Event: Fantasy Faction's Grim Gathering
Details: So, Peter V. Brett, Myke Cole, Mark Lawrence & Joe Abercrombie (this guy's gonna be dashing all over London), and as Fantasy faction states;
"The goal with this event is NOT to do just a book signing [...] lets get some of Fantasy-Faction's author friends in a room, lets hold a panel where the Fantasy-Faction team and the audience can ask them questions, then get our books signed and then all hang out together and celebrate the fantasy genre that we all share a love of. The end result should be that the readers leave 'knowing' the authors."
Time and Place: 6.30pm at Waterstones Kensington
Tickets: Free (but the purchase of a book is recommended; this will increase the chances of the shop running the event again)
Link: Fantasy Faction's Grim Gathering -

4) 14-18 August

Event: Loncon 3 (Worldcon 72)
Details: I spoke about this in my Conventions In London For Fantasy Fan post, and also my friend and I met two men promoting Loncon at a stall at LFCC. But I'm not even going to BEGIN to explain, so click the link.
Time and Place: I think from 9am at ExCel London
Tickets: I am still struggling with trying to figure this out.

So naturally, now it's dawned on me that deciding to begin the Fantasy Challenge with standalone books and unfamiliar authors might have been an error. My intention was to experience a wide range of fantasy, not just the really big names, but now those same big names are attending the same event and I'm so far behind. I doubt I can read four/five sets of trilogies/sagas/series' in just over a forI can buy the second in the series while I'm there. I'd like to start off with The Painted Man (Demon Trilogy 1) by Peter V. Brett; Empire In Black And Gold (Shadows of the Apt) by Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Prince of Thorns (Broken Empire 1) by Mark Lawrence.

Oh man. MY NERVES. Why am I so nervous? Is it the prospect of something new, or the thought of last time I put too many events on my plate (nervous breakdown)?

I feel like such a noob and novice e_e

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