Announcement of imminent Announcement!

I have news!

The news is that there will be fresh news next weekend!

Yes, I am announcing the announcement of an announcement. It may have something to do with a book cover.

What book cover, you may ask. Perhaps it is this one?

The Sinner's Daughter, by Gillian O'Rourke - available late 2015!

The Sinner’s Daughter, by Gillian O’Rourke – available late 2015!

No, it is not that one. Bloody good cover though. Add it to your TBR list on Goodreads!

Perhaps it is this one?

Green Sky & Sparks, by Kate Coe - available later this year!

Green Sky & Sparks, by Kate Coe – available later this year!

No, it is not that one either. Again, however, that’s a stunning piece of work. Makes me want to read it. How ’bout you?

What about this one?

ooooh - shiny!

ooooh – shiny!

Oooooh, shiny! Stop trying to distract me. No, these are not the covers you are after. Here – I’ll give you a clue….

Teaser sketch!

Teaser sketch

Oooooh – shiny!

That’s my line. Stop it. Want more? Want to see the whole shebang? Keep your eyes on Kristell Ink’s website for the full reveal!

Fox Bites, Socials, and beyond…

Leah Osborne reading at Fox Bites

Leah Osborne reading at Fox Bites

This afternoon I popped down to Leicester for the inaugural Fox Bites event. Set up by Adele Wearing, the Auntie Fox of Fox Spirit Books, it’s an open mic event for writers and a chance for like-minded, book-loving people to get together and chat and get to know each other. You might be thinking that this sounds a little familiar, and I suppose in some respects you’d be right, but that’s no bad thing. Exactly the opposite, in fact. There ought to be – and indeed there are –  more events like this, set up across the country. With the advent of the e-book, and the attendant revolution in self-publishing and small presses, publishing (at least, from my perspective within the SFF genre) has certainly gone global, but it has also gone back to grass roots as well. Older heads amongst you may think of the post-punk DIY ethic and the home-distributed cassettes of the C-86 era and work an analogy from that (with Spacewitch as Rough Trade, perhaps?).

For a long time if you wanted to get into the genre you had to go to one of the Big Conventions. There wasn’t a lot else out there. I’ve nothing against those, but mahoosive crowds, anxiety, and costs aren’t a good mix (that’s why I never did Glastonbury). I imagine a lot of people also feel a bit intimidated by the investment (time and money) required for a major con. The biggest sea change over the last year or so seems to be that small, localised events like the York Pubmeet, Super Relaxed Fantasy Club (who pretty much started the ball rolling), and Fox Bites (and the SFSF Social, of course) are taking off and getting some traction. There’s one-day cons like BristolCon and EdgeLit too. A chance for authors and fans alike to mingle in relaxed surroundings, enjoy themselves, maybe even grab a book or two. It’s a good way forward – regular, or semi-regular, events that bring people together without all the major organisational headaches of a full con. And in the end, it’s good for the genre as a whole.

So today I got to chat to Amanda Bigler, Leah Osborne, Adele, Alex Davis, Selina Lock and James Everington amongst others, all super talented folk who are post-punking their individual ways through their genres. Next weekend sees the second SFSF Social, at the Old Queen’s Head in Sheffield, and other heads are working on more events for both Leeds and York for later in the year, as well as looking ahead to the run-up to FantasyCon in October. It’s the beginning of what someone else called the Northern Circuit – come and join us!

SFSF Social #1 – In the Aftermath

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aka – What We Did The Other Weekend. Both Adrian and Jo were fantastic guests at the first SFSF Social, and from what I heard on the night I heartily recommend both Guns of the Dawn and 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf. It was excellent to be able to get so many SFF fans in one room in Sheffield too – and we’re doing it all again on 1st March, at the Old Queen’s Head, with Dana Fredsti and Ian Sales. Come join us!

Originally posted on Sheffield Fantasy & Science Fiction Social Club:

Hello everyone!

This is my first post on the SFSF Social Blog, which is rather exciting! For those who were there, I was the quiet hobbly one (not to be confused with Hobbity, as I am the tallest of the three of us behind yesterday’s (Okay, I started this the next day…. but things happened) and future events!) For those who weren’t, I’m Sara, and I do lots of stuff, and one of them is helping with this!!

SFSF Organisers Your Hosts here at SFSF

As you’ll know, yesterday (Okay.. yes it’s a couple of weeks now… ) was the first SFSF Social (huzzah!) And from what I can see, we all loved it. All in all we had over 30 people from not just Sheffield, but as far as York and Stafford and other places too, gathering at Eten Cafe to get together, chat, network, and listen to our guests of honour…

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Feeling Social

This month has been a blast: we started the ball rolling on the SFSF Social, and I put my bum in the chair, donned the Writing Mittens, and started carving Project:TFL into shape.

Oh, and there’s cover art for Heir to the North coming soon too! I’ve seen it; it looks superb.

Meanwhile, speaking of the Social as we were, which was inspired by both the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club and the York Pubmeets, there’s a new interview with Joanne Hall over on Jan Edwards’ blog. Jo organises both BristolCon and the BristolCon Fringe nights (which I’d recommend going to as their guests are also top drawer), and does all this while also being a top class author.

The interview is here. Go read it, then go buy both volumes of The Art of Forgetting! And pre-order Spark and Carousel while you’re at it.

(Warning: interview also contains unexpected me.) :)

Heir to the North update….

Just a quickie this time. HTTN is still taking final published shape – with rather lovely cover art that will be revealed soon! – but now you can add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads, and that is a very good thing indeed!

Click this way folks, for there is a blurb to be read…

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