The literary event attracting the biggest names in genre fiction
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).