I just swore at all of FantasyCon in one go…

FantasyCon really is a wonderful thing. Not only did I see countless wonderful people, I got to read a new story in public, speak on two panels, stage a miraculous recovery from the fringes of hangover death, run a really busy book launch, break out of my AirBnB, catch up with rumours about myself and, rather improbably, win an award…

It’s entirely humbling to win the 2018 award for the Best Independent Publisher. I mean this humbling:

That’s me trying not to burst into tears in the middle of the ceremony.*

Also, I’m sorry the first thing I said to you, FantasyCon, was, ‘Holy fuck…’

Much more importantly, however, I also forgot the dedication – so that’s coming here. You may have seen the news about Martin Cox earlier in the year. Martin died at the start of 2018, which was an awful and unfair thing.

Martin was the designer behind the look of everything Unsung from logo to running heads. His skill speaks for itself. He was also an absolute gentleman and a friend.

So Martin, this one’s for you – and I’m sorry I forgot to tell everyone when I had the chance.

Although, if there is an afterlife I’m pretty sure he’s having a giggle at my expense right now…

* Thanks Vince Haig for the photo. Also for being part of the sustainable future of Unsung along with Dan Coxon and Stark Holborn. Their worth can not be underestimated.

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Nine Worlds 2018

That’s right, Nine Worlds time! This weekend the Novotel Hammersmith is home to the full-regalia geeky con. All the SFF content, Knightmare Live, lectures on why Bill & Ted 1 is the only film to get the philosphy of time travel right, and some top-drawer cosplay. They had a guy dressed as Londo Mollari* last year, FFS.

I’m going to be there all weekend, wearing a different hat every day. So if you’re at the con make sure to come and say hi!

  • The Only Way is Indie! I’m talking about indie publishing and all the wondrous things it represents at 5pm on Friday.
  • Pop-up stall! Unsung will be running a pop-up stall on theSaturday afternoon so you can all come and pick up books, including Pseudotooth by Verity Holloway and You Will Grow Into Them by Malcolm Devlin. Which is important because…
  • Verity Holloway and Malcolm Devlin are all over Sunday, and I’ll be there to watch them! They’re talking about things like the folkhorror revival, disability in SFF and intoxicants in fiction. And if that doesn’t sound like a good day out, what’s wrong with you?

It’s going to be lots of fun, as always – hopefully see you there!

 

 * What do you mean you don’t know who Londo Mollari is? Next you’ll be telling me you can’t tell Zafras from Zafras…

 

Autumn events – FantasyCon and Unsung Live

After a very busy summer with Unsung, at Nine Worlds, running events and making lots of books you think the sensible thing to do would be to take a break and enjoy the new and exciting world of married life. And you’re right, that probably is the sensible thing to do. But this is publishing, and there’s always another Con.

I’m going to be doing a couple of events in the next month, this time around short stories.

First up is FantasyCon in Scarborough, 23rd-25th September. Unsung will be running a stall there, so make sure to stop by if you’re there. I will also be chairing the panel, ‘A Little’s Enough: What makes a great short story?‘ at 2pm on the Sunday. I’ll be asking Emma Cosh, Lynda Clark, Neil Buchanan, Ruth Booth and David Guymer to share their secrets on the trickiest of forms.

After that, October 18th, we have the 5th instalment of Unsung Live. This is our series of SFF short fiction live literature events – 4 readers, 15 minutes each and complete stories. This time we have Tade Thompson (winner of the Kitschies Golden Tentacle for Making Wolf), Anne Charnock (Kitschies and Philip K. Dick shortlists for A Calculated Life), Irenosen Okojie (winner of the Betty Trask award for Butterfly Fish) and Pete Sutton (Sick City Syndrome due in late 2016).

The events are proving really popular, this one having sold half the tickets over night, so RSVP early to get a seat! And if you miss out but want to come, join the waitlist – we can look at bigger venues, if there’s enough interest.

Unsung Live #5: Tuesday 18th October

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2016, 7:00 PM

The Star of Kings
126 York Way London, Greater London N1 0AX London, GB

43 Story Lovers Attending

Following on from the resounding success of Unsung Live #4, we’re happy to announce our return to The Star of Kings for our fifth evening of storytelling for fans of the best in contemporary speculative fiction.Reading this time:• Irenosen Okojie is a writer and Arts Project Manager. Her debut novel Butterfly Fish won a Betty Trask award. Her wor…

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