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