This weekend I'll be participating in Space, Time, Machine and Monster, a literary festival in Newport, South Wales.
Quoting from the website:
"Following a hugely successful first outing in Pontypridd in 2008, the
Space, Time, Machine & Monster literary festival returns for two
days packed full of science-fiction, fantasy and horror. Expect talks,
workshops, film screenings, panel events and competitions for adults,
teens and your little horrors.
Event highlights include a talk with Rhianna Pratchett on the world of narrative gaming; and Page to Screen: Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror with Catherine Bray who is currently editor of Film4.com and a regular guest presenter on BBC1′s Film 2013 With Claudia Winkleman. Plus, discover the real science behind Doctor Who with Mark Brake and Jon Chase and explore the work of Arthur Machen and J.R.R. Tolkien with Catherine Fisher, Gwilym Games and Dimitra Fimi.
There will also be the chance to explore the world of Warhammer and
take part in a series of battles waging throughout the day, or you could
create your own animated alien universe, zombie comic and even your own
origami Star Wars character. The programme features a top line-up of
speakers, authors and illustrators including, Huw Aaron, Ben Aaronovitch, Horatio Clare, Jasper Fforde, Catherine Fisher, Gwyneth Lewis, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Volk and many more.
Bestselling fantasy author Jasper Fforde commented:
"There are clearly not enough zombies or Time Travel in South Wales, and
I am delighted to see Literature Wales addressing that imbalance"
I note also that the excellent Adam Roberts will also be attending. My events are on the Saturday, and I look forward to seeing some of you there.