Fantasycon by the Sea
23-25 September, Scarborough
Panel: Out of the Woods
Friday September 23 @ 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Royal Ballroom at the Royal Hotel
Are We Growing Out of Urban and Into Rural Horror? Is It Safe To Go Back Into The Woods?Steve Shaw (Chair), Simon Clark, Charlotte Courtney-Bond, Rosanne Rabinowitz
Book launch for Something Remains
Saturday 24 September @12.00-1.00pm, Main Ballroom at the Grand Hotel
Reading 14.00-14.30 I’ll be doing a half-hour slot along with Jan Edwards. I’m likely to be reading from “The Pleasure Garden”, my contribution to Something Remains.
BLASTS FROM THE PAST
Nine Worlds Geekfest 2016
As a geek who likes her ‘festing I’ll be attending this event 13-14 August. I didn’t arrange any panel appearances, so I’ll just be hanging out, socialising and possibly piping up at some point. Perhaps I’ll see some of you there..
Rebel Dykes – Launch of trailer of the film, with readings, images and music
14 November 18.30 – 20.00 Islington Mill, James St M3 5HW Salford
Before there were queer activists, before there were Riot Grrls, there were the rebel dykes of London from the 1980s. They were young, they were feminists, they were anarchists, they were punks.They were the first generation of sex positive outlaw women, and nothing has been quite the same since.
As part of a film documentary in progress, producer Siobhan Fahey will present music, images and oral history about the history of the Rebel Dykes. We’ll be asking you for any memories and thoughts about the presentation, and for help in finishing the film.
As part of the presentation, I will join fellow writer Maj Ikle to read stories from our rebel dyke years!
23 – 25 Oct 2015, East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel, Nottingham, UK
I’ll be out and about, and no doubt spending some time in the bar. I’ll also be taking part in a panel at midday on the Saturday and doing a reading on Saturday night at 8.45
Saturday 24 October
The Fantastic Mundane: Imaginary Social Infrastructures
12 midday (Conference Theatre)
Health, wealth, law, government & learning are key parts of our lives, but how are they depicted in genre writing? What do these and other ‘everyday’ social establishments offer within created worlds?
Moderator: Karina Coldrick
Panelists: Leigh Bardugo, Lucy Hounsom, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Brandon Sanderson, Neil Williamson
Saturday 24 October
8.40pm (Reading Room)
I plan to read “Keep Them Rollin'” from the recently published anthology We Need to Talk – quantum computing meets Universal Credit, which results in the most ‘challenging conversation’ of all.
Twisted Tales of Austerity This reading on 24 October will mark the launch of Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease. It will take place from 12 noon to 1.30pm at Waterstones on Deansgate in central Manchester. I’ll be reading along with fellow contributor Laura Mauro and co-editor Tom Johnstone will read from a story by Joel Lane, who was also editing this anthology just before his death in 2013. The readings will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. This event is also part of the Gothic Manchester Festival.
Tom Johnstone says this anthology ushers in a ‘new era of socially engaged but entertaining and darkly funny horror fiction, which may not change the world but will, I hope, change the way we look at it’.”
Fantasycon 2014 5-7 September
Reading on Friday 5 September, 7.20-7.40pm.
I’ll probably read from my contribution to Horror Uncut: Tales of Economic Unease and Insecurity.
Further information about panels and other events will come closer to the time.
A Working Class Hero is Something to Read? Sunday 7 September 10am
“Fantasy often focuses on characters at the extreme ends of society, but is frequently written by middle-class authors who bring middle class assumptions to their princes and peasants. The panellists discuss class in SFF.” Gillian Redfearn (m), Joan De La Haye, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Sarah Lotz, Den Patrick
I’ll be at ConDFW, 21-23 February at the Crowne Plaza Dallas (near Galleria) in Addison TX. I’m not on any panels this time but I’ll be going to a good few, frequenting the bar and generally hanging out. Feel free to say ‘hello’.
World Fantasy Convention 2013
31 October – 3 November
Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton
On Friday 1 November I’ll be doing a turn at the Reading Cafe, Hall 8B, 3.00-3.30pm. As well as reading from my novella Helen’s Story, I’ll also present an extract from “Lambeth North”, a short story featured in the Horror Without Victims anthology that sheds a different light on a part of London that Arthur Machen once described as ‘shapeless’, ‘unmeaning’ and dismal beyond words’. But here South London holds its own…
On Saturday 2 November at 12.00-1.00pm I’m on a panel, The Little People: When the Fairies Come Out to Play, which takes place in the Cambridge Room.
“Arthur Machen lived in a golden age for stories regarding fairies, but his repulsive Little People are a million miles away from those of Peter Pan. In modern times Tessa Farmer has created her own malevolent fairy creations. The panel looks at how Machen and other authors and artists have used folklore, the landscape, science and literature to create stories of the faerie otherworld.”
Outside of these events, I’m not sure exactly where I’ll be during the convention. Perhaps I can say with some confidence that I’ll be frequenting the bar and generally hanging out. Feel free to say ‘hello’. The fatal combination of short-sightedness and shyness might make me appear aloof, but I’m not… I’ll be happy to chat!
London Anarchist Bookfair
19 October 10am – 7pm
Queen Mary University
Mile End Road London E1 4NS
A long-running event featuring a mix of stalls, meetings, films and exhibitions.
I’ll be sharing my experience of the occupation of the South London Women’s Hospital (1984/5) in a panel asking the question : “Is occupying good for your health?” With the NHS under severe threat, should we now be occupying hospitals threatened with closure? My friend Myk will also talk about his experiences occupying a ward of London’s UCH in the 1990s, and we’re keen to hear from anyone who is involved with opposing health service cuts and hospital closures.
This panel will be 2-3.30 in Room 315, Bancroft Building. It is part of a series of meetings on radical history organised by Past Tense. More information can be found the Anarchist Bookfair website, including access details.
Monday 8 July, 7.30pm
95 Effra Road, Brixton
The Brixton BookJam is a “congenial, intelligent, unpredictable evening involving books and book-people.”
I’ll be taking part in this mix of readings, talks and panels, chatting and drinking. See here for more information.
Thursday 4 July 7-9pm
131 Bellenden Road
Peckham, London SE15
Explore the exceptional literature that emerges from between the cracks of horror, fantasy and SF… This is especially exciting for me because it’s launching Helen’s Story and Rustblind and Silverbright: Slipstream Journeys of the Railway – which includes “The Turning Track”, a collaboration between myself and Mat Joiner. Other books on hand will be: Stardust by Nina Allan, Defeated Dogs by Quentin S Crisp, and Jane by PF Jeffery.
Wine, readings, discussion… and no doubt further chat in the pub afterwards. Find more information here on the Eibonvale Press blog.