We’re delighted to team up with Gollancz Publishing for Gollanczfest 2019—the UK’s premiere sci-fi, fantasy and horror book festival.
Get yourself along to our Charing Cross Rd flagship and the Phoenix Artist's Club just across the street for a day of panels, workshops and signings. Hear your favourite authors debate everything, from travelling at faster-than-light speed to who wrote the best magic system; receive expert advice on your writing project from leading voices in the business, and meet all the writers themselves as they sign your favourite books.
As in previous years, Gollanczfest will be running two separate strands. The Reader’s ticket will grant you access to the panels and speaker events in the auditorium at Foyles, whilst the Writer’s Ticket opens the doors to the Phoenix Artist's Club to those wanting to improve their craft and receive an insight into the publishing process.
Take a look at the full schedule for the Reader’s event at Foyles Charing Cross Road below:
ALL-DAY GOLLANCZFEST READER’S TICKET - £25
Authors appearing include: Garth Nix, Joe Abercrombie, Ellen Kushner, Joanne Harris, Ben Aaronovitch, Adam Roberts, Tom Lloyd, Laura Lam, Justina Robson, Ed McDonald, Elizabeth May, Mark Stay, Edward Cox, Tom Toner, Mike Shackle, Tricia Sullivan, Catriona Ward, Gavin Smith, Vic James, Miles Cameron, Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson, Aliette de Bodard, Rob Grant, Andrew Marshall, Pat Cadigan, Emma Newman, Ian McDonald & Simon Morden
11am – 11:40am Panel: Between the Page and the Screen: How does writing a book differ from writing for the big or small screen? How does it feel to have your work adapted? Featuring authors Ben Aaronovitch, Joanne Harris, Rob Grant & Andrew Marshall. This panel will be moderated by Julie Crisp of the Julie Crisp Literary Agency.
11:40am – 12:20pm Panel: The Reality of Life in Space: How closely does sci-fi mirror reality and how do new inventions in tech inspire stories of the future? Featuring Pat Cadigan, Ian McDonald, Simon Morden & Emma Newman. This panel will be moderated by Ed Wilson of the Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency.
12:20pm – 1:00pm Panel: Fantasy Throughout History: Why do certain countries and certain historical periods end up as the inspiration for so many fantastical worlds? And which new ones do we want to explore? Featuring Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson, Aliette de Bodard, Miles Cameron & Ellen Kushner. This panel will be moderated by Daphne Tonge, founder of the Illumicrate book subscription box.
1:00pm – 2:00pm Signing: Featuring Ben Aaronovitch, Joanne Harris, Rob Grant, Andrew Marshall, Pat Cadigan, Ian McDonald, Simon Morden, Emma Newman, Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson, Aliette de Bodard, Miles Cameron & Ellen Kushner
2:00pm – 3:00pm Break
3:00pm – 3:40pm Panel: Virtual Landscapes: Thinking outside of the box and writing outside of reality, how do you write something no one else has written before? Featuring Mark Stay, Adam Roberts, Justina Robson & Tricia Sullivan. This panel will be moderated by author Gavin G. Smith.
3:40pm – 4:20pm Panel: The Terrors of an Author’s Search History: From deadly poisons to what a dragon’s guts might actually look like - how do authors do their research? Featuring Ed McDonald, Tom Lloyd, Edward Cox & Catriona Ward. This panel will be moderated by author Elizabeth May.
4:20pm – 4:40pm Break
4:40pm – 5.20pm Panel: Worldbuilding in the Future: Where do you start when writing the future? How do you go about creating a world that no one else has imagined yet? Featuring Elizabeth May, Laura Lam, Gavin Smith & Tom Toner. This panel will be moderated by author Justina Robson.
5:20pm – 6:00pm Panel: Magic and the Mundane: Whether your story takes place in another world or is firmly rooted in history, how do you weave together reality and the fantastical? Featuring Joe Abercrombie, Vic James, Garth Nix & Mike Shackle. This panel will be moderated by author Tom Lloyd.
6:00pm – 7:00pm Signing: Featuring Joe Abercrombie, Vic James, Garth Nix, Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson, Edward Cox, Laura Lam, Gavin Smith, Tom Toner, Tom Lloyd, Elizabeth May, Mark Stay, Adam Roberts, Justina Robson, Ed McDonald, Catriona Ward, & Tricia Sullivan
Tickets: £25 All-Day Gollanczfest Reader’s Ticket.
Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road
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