Fantasycon 2015: Where you can find me… *UPDATED*

Now that all that half-marathon business is out the way with, on with the next thing. And the next thing is this:

Fantasycon 2015

This weekend, I’ll be at Fantasycon 2015, which takes place over Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th October at East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel, Nottingham (UK). Officially, I’ll be at two events — one panel and one reading. The full schedule can be found at this link — but here’s what I’ll be up to:

Friday 23rd October

6:00pm – Protag / Antag: Character Creation (Conference Theatre)
Moderator: Caroline Hooton. Panelists: Ruth Booth, John Connolly, KT Davies, Peter Newman, James Oswald

Come us for a chat about what makes for characters we truly want to stick with and root for in stories. With not only Guest of Honour John Connolly on the panel, but a bunch of authors who’ve written about the perspective of limited pattern AI, half-human half-lizards, dragons, and possible the most lauded goat in genre, this promises to be a well good chat

Saturday 24th October

9:15pm – Readings: Ruth Booth
No room for this yet, but I’ll be on after Foz Meadows – so, why not pop in for the full half hour as a mid-disco break?

UPDATE: I’ve had the go ahead to read my poem from the upcoming Winter Tales anthology from Fox Spirit. Plus I’ll be reading from a brand new piece… So why not pop along for a sneak preview?

So that’s where you can find me. If I’m not there, try the bar – or maybe the Abaddon/Solaris Karaoke on Friday night? Come say hi and get me a belated birthday drink!

New Photos: The Polyphonic Spree on Drowned in Sound

Following the Kingsley Chapman and the Murder set from this week’s Photo Friday, those sterling chaps at Drowned In Sound have also uploaded my shots from The Polyphonic Spree‘s recent Newcastle show over the weekend.

This was part of Poly Spree’s tour celebrating the 15th Anniversary of The Beginning Stages of… – the album that contained ‘Soldier Girl’ and ‘Reach for the Sun’. Their first shows over here in 12 years, and it was like they’d never been away. Coincidentally, DiS is also 15 years old this month – so happy birthday to them too! Photo link below.

The Polyphonic Spree
O2 Academy, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne on 12th September, 2015–the-polyphonic-spree-newcastle-academy

Polyphonic Spree

New Poem: The love of a season in Fox Spirit’s Winter Tales

Fox Spirit Books have revealed the line-up for their new Winter Tales anthology. Edited by Margrét Helgadottir, the line-up includes new tales from Adrian Tchaikovsky and James Bennett… and new poetry from me.

‘The love of a season’ will be my first published poem, so I’m immensely pleased that Margrét and the Foxy folk will be putting this one out.

The anthology isn’t due out until early next year, but I’ve got the green light to preview my poem later this month at Fantasycon, where I’ll be reading on the Saturday night. Hope to see you there, if you’re going.

Otherwise, Winter Tales will be out through Fox Spirit Books in early 2016. You can find the full line-up here.