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SATURDAY 19th OCTOBER 2019

We’re delighted to team up with Foyles for Gollanczfest 2019 - the UK’s premiere sci-fi, fantasy and horror book festival.

Join us on the 19th October 2019 at Foyles Charing Cross Rd and the Phoenix Artist 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 - of course - 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
• The Writer’s Ticket opens the doors to the Phoenix Arts Club to those wanting to improve their craft and receive an insight into the publishing process.

See below for the full line-up, and book your GollanczFest tickets now using these links...

And here's the full schedule for the day...

(Subject to change)

ALL DAY GOLLANCZFEST READERS’ TICKET – At Foyles, £25

11am – 7pm: A day of panel events, meet & greets, and signings with comfort and lunch breaks.

Authors appearing include: Garth Nix, Joe Abercrombie, Dhonielle Clayton, Joanne Harris, Ben Aaronovitch, Adam Roberts, Tom Lloyd, Laura Lam, Justina Robson, Ed McDonald, Elizabeth May, Paul McAuley, Edward Cox, Tom Toner, Mike Shackle, Tricia Sullivan, Catriona Ward, Gavin Smith, Vic James, Miles Cameron, Alexander Dan Vilhámsson, Aliette de Bodard, Rob Grant, Andrew Marshall, Pat Cadigan, Emma Newman, Ian McDonald & Simon Morden

This ticket grants you access to a full day of events at Foyles including…

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 & Dhonielle Clayton
  • 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 & Dhonielle Clayton
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm Break
  • 3:00pm – 3:40pm Panel: Virtual Landscapes: Thinking outside of the box and writing outside of reality. Featuring Paul McAuley, Adam Roberts, Justina Robson & Tricia Sullivan
  • 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 Bradley Beaulieu, Tom Lloyd, Elizabeth May & Chris Wooding
  • 4:20pm – 4:40pm Break
  • 4:40pm – 5.20pm Panel: Worldbuilding in the Future: How do you go about creating a world that no one else has imagined yet? Featuring Edward Cox, Laura Lam, Gavin Smith & Tom Toner
  • 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 & Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm Signing: Featuring Joe Abercrombie, Vic James, Garth Nix, Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson, Edward Cox, Laura Lam, Gavin Smith, Tom Toner, Bradley Beaulieu, Tom Lloyd, Elizabeth May, Chris Wooding, Paul McAuley, Adam Roberts, Justina Robson & Tricia Sullivan

MORNING ONLY GOLLANCZFEST READERS’ TICKET – At Foyles, £12

11am – 2pm: Three panel events followed by a meet & greet, and signings.

This ticket grants you access to morning events at Foyles including…

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 & Dhonielle Clayton
  • 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 & Dhonielle Clayton

AFTERNOON ONLY GOLLANCZFEST READERS’ TICKET – At Foyles, £15

3pm – 7pm: Four panels with a break after the second, followed by a meet & greet, and signings.

This ticket grants you access to afternoon events at Foyles including…

  • 3:00pm – 3:40pm Panel: Virtual Landscapes: Thinking outside of the box and writing outside of reality. Featuring Paul McAuley, Adam Roberts, Justina Robson & Tricia Sullivan
  • 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 Bradley Beaulieu, Tom Lloyd, Elizabeth May & Chris Wooding
  • 4:20pm – 4:40pm Break
  • 4:40pm – 5.20pm Panel: Worldbuilding in the Future: How do you go about creating a world that no one else has imagined yet? Featuring Edward Cox, Laura Lam, Gavin Smith & Tom Toner
  • 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 & Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson
  • 6:00pm – 7:00pm Signing: Featuring Joe Abercrombie, Vic James, Garth Nix, Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson, Edward Cox, Laura Lam, Gavin Smith, Tom Toner, Bradley Beaulieu, Tom Lloyd, Elizabeth May, Chris Wooding, Paul McAuley, Adam Roberts, Justina Robson & Tricia Sullivan

ALL DAY GOLLANCZFEST WRITERS’ TICKET – At The Phoenix, £60

10:30am – 4:30pm: The day will consist of four panels from a mix of authors and publishing industry professionals, plus two sessions of hour-long ‘speed-advice’ where attendees will get the opportunity to sit down with various of our authors in small groups and discuss their writing and the publishing process. There will be comfort breaks and a lunch break built into the structure of the day.

Please note that due to the nature of the venue these sessions do not quite run in sync with the Foyles events. Also, the time for signing at the Phoenix is limited. However, all attendees will be welcome to cross over to Foyles and join the signings there.

Authors appearing include: Garth Nix, Joe Abercrombie, Dhonielle Clayton, Joanne Harris, Ben Aaronovitch, Adam Roberts, Tom Lloyd, Laura Lam, Justina Robson, Ed McDonald, Elizabeth May, Paul McAuley, 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

MORNING ONLY GOLLANCZFEST WRITERS’ TICKET – At The Phoenix £30

10:30am – 1pm: This session will consist of two panels presented by a mix of authors and publishing industry professionals, plus a session of hour-long ‘speed-advice’ where attendees will get the opportunity to sit down with various of our authors in small groups and discuss their writing and the publishing process.

  • Authors appearing include: Garth Nix, Joe Abercrombie, Adam Roberts, Tom Lloyd, Laura Lam, Justina Robson, Ed McDonald, Elizabeth May, Paul McAuley, Edward Cox, Tom Toner, Mike Shackle, Tricia Sullivan, Catriona Ward, Gavin Smith & Vic James

AFTERNOON ONLY GOLLANCZFEST WRITERS’ TICKET – At The Phoenix £30

2:00pm – 4:30pm: This session will consist of two panels presented by a mix of authors and publishing industry professionals, plus a session of hour-long ‘speed-advice’ where attendees will get the opportunity to sit down with various of our authors in small groups and discuss their writing and the publishing process.

  • Authors appearing include: Ben Aaronovitch, Joanne Harris, Dhonielle Clayton, Miles Cameron, Alexander Dan Vilhjálmsson, Aliette de Bodard, Rob Grant, Andrew Marshall, Pat Cadigan, Emma Newman, Ian McDonald & Simon Morden

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