The lit­er­ary event at­tract­ing the big­gest names in genre fic­tion

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In just four short years Derby’s pre­mier fic­tion fes­ti­val Edge- Lit has grown from young up­start to one of the high­lights of the con cal­en­dar, bring­ing to­gether the UK’s best genre writ­ers for a day of pan­els, read­ings and work­shops de­signed to help as­pir­ing writ­ers.

The event was launched by or­gan­iser Alex Davis af­ter al­most a decade run­ning Alt. Fic­tion in Derby and Le­ices­ter. “I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted to see how much the event has pro­gressed in that time – this year in par­tic­u­lar prom­ises to be our big­gest and best yet,” says Davis.

This year’s guest list in­cludes Jenny T Col­gan, Mark Cha­ran New­ton, Sarah Pin­bor­ough, Justina Rob­son and Adrian Tchaikovsky, along­side a six- strong guest of hon­our line- up. “I in­vited six guests a long time back, think­ing I’d be lucky to get three, but to be wel­com­ing MR Carey, John Con­nolly, Joanne Har­ris, Paul McAu­ley, Claire North and Sa­man­tha Shan­non to the event is fan­tas­tic – there’s a great ar­ray of award win­ners and bestsellers there, and some re­ally fas­ci­nat­ing au­thors,” Davis says. “The line- up on the whole is the best we’ve ever had, and that’s been due to some in­cred­i­ble sup­port from the UK pub­lish­ing scene.”

Other high­lights in­clude Edge- Lit’s leg­endary raf­fle and quiz ( both with top prizes), and a range of dealer ta­bles which any­one can browse and buy from, even with­out a ticket. And would- be writ­ers take note – there’ll be a se­ries of work­shops through­out the day from some of the best writ­ers in the world de­signed to give you in­spi­ra­tion, ad­vice, and help you break into the world of genre fic­tion. “I like to think we’re one of the best events around for as­pir­ing writ­ers – we have 13 writ­ing work­shops tak­ing place on the day, more than dou­ble last year, be­cause the thread was so popular in 2014.”

Tick­ets are avail­able now and cost £ 30 each. Trav­el­ling across the coun­try? Ho­tel rooms are avail­able at a dis­count. For de­tails and a full sched­ule which you can down­load head to http:// bit. ly/ Edge- Lit4.

MR Carey ( The Girl With All The Gifts).

Joanne Har­ris ( The Gospel Of Loki).

Claire North ( Touch).

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