I’m heading to London next month for the release of The Incorruptibles. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but boy howdy I am excited. I haven’t been to the UK since 1991. It’ll be nice to be there as an adult with a little money in my pocket rather than a broke-ass student touring Europe. I’ll be attending NineWorlds Geekfest, doing some events, and attending LonCon3. Check it out.
Westerns: they’re your Huckleberry
Saturday, August 9th
3.15pm – 4.30pm County C&D
Saddle up – we’re off to the not-so-distant past to find the secrets of this rough and tumble genre. Panel: Jared Shurin, Will Hill, Stark Holborn, John Hornor Jacobs, Joanne Harris
Saturday, August 9th
4:30pm Forbidden Planet table, in Commonwealth West
#PROMNADO: The Gollancz Prom Party!
Saturday, August 9th
Drinks and nibbles in celebration of Gollancz’s talented 2014 debut writers! 8.00pm – 10.00pm County C&D Meet Gollancz’s ‘Class of 2014’ – Den Patrick, Mark Alder, Jon Wallace, Anna Caltabiano, John Honor Jacobs and Ed Cox – and enjoy an evening old school tunes, a mirror ball, ‘The 2014 Year Book Quiz’, and much more.
New Voices: the Class of 2014 continued!
10.15pm – 11.30pm Royal B
More fun and fast-paced readings from the very best new writers. Plus, signings at Forbidden Planet and the ALL OF THE BOOKS Indie table, Monsterclasses and more!
MONDAY AUGUST 11
11am – midday – Video interview with Jen McMenemy at Orion House
TUESDAY AUGUST 12
Fantasy in the Court, Goldsboro Books, Cecil Court, London 6pm -10pm This event is shaping up to be amazing. Check out the website here
The Gollancz Festival, Waterstones Piccadilly, London 5.30pm – 10pm
From my publisher: We are delighted to announce the first ever Gollancz Festival! Join us for a day long festival celebrating genre fiction. We’ve planned a wide range of digital events including interactive interviews, panels, competitions and more. We can’t wait to share them with you, and we’ll be releasing a complete schedule of digital events over the next few weeks. *For a full schedule of live events at Waterstones Piccadilly and to purchase tickets click here.
LONCON3 / WORLDCON
FRIDAY AUGUST 15
Friday 11:00 – 12:00, August 15 London Suite 5 (ExCeL) Ramez Naam , John Hornor Jacobs
Welcome Party (possibly)
9.00pm – 11.00pm, FanActivity Tent (Level 0)
If this is your first convention, or you’re just a bit worried about coming to such a big event, come along to our introductory mixer, where our hosts will find out what you want from Loncon and what your genre favourites are, answer your questions, and introduce you to fellow newbies. Come and start your convention here, and make some new friends.
Paul Cornell, Adam Christopher, Emma Newman, Gareth L Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Marcus Gipps
SATURDAY AUGUST 16
Autographing – John Hornor Jacobs Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, August 16 Autographing Space (ExCeL)
Coming of Age in Game of Thrones
Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 14 (ExCeL) August 16
In a world were life and death hang in the balance for every character no matter how despised or loved, it is the children who pay the heaviest price. Their parents’ plots and intrigues sit squarely upon the shoulders of the Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen children, snatching their childhoods away and forcing them to wield their own power to survive the game of thrones. But have the adults underestimated their children’s value as players? Who will survive? Who will gain power? Will they have a chance to be children again? And who will be the biggest surprise? At what point do these children, despite their tender ages, take on the mantels of their parents and become adults themselves? Panelists will examine issues surrounding childhood and coming of age during a time of conflict where familial normalcy is gone and the rules of their world are in the process of being rewritten. *Spoiler Alert: Discussion will include all previously published books within the series.*
Darlene Marshall (M) , Liz de Jager, John Hornor Jacobs, Django Wexler
Gollancz and Bragelonne Loncon Party 6:30pm until very late
Diversity Within Young Adult Science Fiction
Sunday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL) August 17
From Earthsea to Noughts and Crosses, The Summer Prince to Akata Witch, children and teens need to see books with characters that represent the diverse world they live in, whether they are dystopian romance or fantasy adventure. Organisations like We Need Diverse Books are helping to promote diversity in children’s literature, but what actions can we take – as readers, writers, publishers, and book-buyers – to help them in their goals? And who are the great authors of the past few years we should be catching up on?
Marieke Nijkamp (M), Kate Elliott, John Hornor Jacobs, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Mary Anne Mohanraj , Mahvesh Murad
There Are No New Stories, But…
Sunday 19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL) August 17
What are some of the characters and narratives we’ve seen enough of? Is it time for the assassin with the heart of gold to take a break? Should the farmer keep farming and stop exchanging his rake for a broadsword? Could the squabbling will-they-won’t-they couple just get a room already? More generally, why are tropes used, and what are their structural, stylistic and political implications?
Kari Sperring (M), John Hornor Jacobs , Laura Lam, Pierre Pevel, Jon Wallace