Wordy Week­ender

Re­turn­ing for its third year, Gol­lancz Fes­ti­val prom­ises to have your pages in a flap...

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Event Horizon - Gol­lancz Fes­ti­val 2016 runs from 17-18 Septem­ber at Foyles Char­ing Cross Road. www.gol­lanczfest.com

The UK’s long­est-run­ning SF and fan­tasy pub­lisher, Gol­lancz, is round­ing up the cream of its cre­ative crop for a week­end packed with oth­er­worldly won­der.

In as­so­ci­a­tion with your very own SFX, Gol­lancz Fes­ti­val 2016 will take place over two days at Foyles, Char­ing Cross Road, with the likes of Scott Lynch, Joanne Har­ris, El­iz­a­beth Bear, Joe Aber­crom­bie and Ben Aaronovitch all in at­ten­dance (to name just a few of the 50 tal­ented types mak­ing an ap­pear­ance at the fest). They’ll be par­tic­i­pat­ing in panel dis­cus­sions, in-con­ver­sa­tion events and, nat­u­rally, book sign­ings, with each event bro­ken down into a three-hour time slot, which are priced at £15 each. You’ll also be able to nab books at a spe­cial dis­count fes­ti­val price, in case your shelves aren’t groan­ing quite enough al­ready.

As well as the au­thor-cen­tric events, there’s some­thing for bud­ding writ­ers, too, with the Gol­lancz Fes­ti­val Writ­ers’ Day tak­ing place just across the road at the Phoenix Arts Club. There, en­sconced in one of the cosiest and most cul­tured bars in the cap­i­tal, you’ll get the chance to grill the agents and ed­i­tors re­spon­si­ble for pluck­ing the best SF fic­tion from ob­scu­rity, and you can hone your own mas­ter­work at the speed work­shop­ping ses­sion. (Keep your eyes peeled for Gol­lancz goody bags, too, which will be packed with col­lectable fes­ti­val exclusives.)

Pre­vi­ous years have seen more than 800 book lovers de­scend­ing on the fes­ti­val, so be sure to snap your tick­ets up soon. And make sure you take ad­van­tage of the nu­mer­ous dig­i­tal events rolling out in the week lead­ing up to the fes­ti­val – in­ter­ac­tive con­tent will go live from 12 Septem­ber in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ha­chette Aus­tralia and New Zealand, and you can use the hash­tag #Gol­lanczFest to con­nect with other at­ten­dees. It’s go­ing to be one big lit­er­ary love-in. Re­ally, what more could a book­worm ask for?

Date 17-18 Septem­ber

lo­ca­tion Foyles, Char­ing Cross Road Go and see Joe Aber­crom­bie and you might be able to shake those hands.

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