Gol­lancz Fes­ti­val

Jor­dan Far­ley ven­tures into cy­berspace for the SF pub­lisher’s one- of- a- kind fes­ti­val

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London- based book lovers had their pick of lit­er­ary events this Au­gust, but what of those poor folk who couldn’t make it to the big smoke? SF pub­lish­ers Gol­lancz had them cov­ered with a mul­ti­me­dia fes­ti­val that en­com­passed both dig­i­tal and phys­i­cal events.

Be­tween 9am and 5: 30pm the Gol­lancz web­site, Twit­ter, Pin­ter­est, YouTube, Face­book and Habbo Ho­tel pages ( al­right, we made that last one up) hosted a se­ries of talks, Q& As, Google han­gouts, pan­els and read­ings with top au­thors in­clud­ing Stephen Baxter, Alas­tair Reynolds and Scott Lynch. Sit­ting at a com­puter might not be the ideal con ex­pe­ri­ence, but em­brac­ing the web and so­cial me­dia meant ev­ery­one could get in­volved.

From 6pm the Fes­ti­val burst out of the in­ter­net pipes and spilled over into Water­stones Pic­cadilly. The evening pro­gramme opened to a charis­matic read­ing from Joanne M Har­ris and never lost steam, with a Joe Hill Q& A ( chaired by Sarah Pin­bor­ough), a panel with Gol­lancz’s new crop of de­but au­thors and a hugely en­ter­tain­ing solo Q& A with Pa­trick Roth­fuss. A sign­ing with all the au­thors on hand fol­lowed to round off a suc­cess­ful first Gol­lancz Fest. With any luck it will re­turn next year. http:// www. gol­lancz. co. uk

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