"I really wonder what gives us the right to attack this poor planet of ours." - Kurt Vonnegut
Welcome to Fictions of Every Kind: Worlds, a celebration of all things planetary, and a chance for us to consider our position in the universe. (Never let it be said that Fictions is shy to ask the big questions.) Or, alternatively, you can avail yourself of the cheap bar at Wharf Chambers and listen to everybody else's ideas about life, the universe, and everything.
Our invited speakers at Worlds will be:
JACEY BEDFORD is a British writer of science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories who lives behind a desk in an old stone house, high on Yorkshire's Pennine Hills, with her songwriter husband and a GermanShepherd called Eska. (That's a dog not an actual shepherd from Germany because that would be too surreal.) Her debut book, Empire of Dust, was recently published by DAW as part of a three book deal. The sequel, Crossways, follows in August 2015. The first pair are space operas in the grand tradition. Her third book, Winterwood, a magic pirate fantasy with a cross-dressing captain, a jealous ghost and a sexy wolf shapechanger, is due in February 2016. She's been a librarian, a postmistress, a rag doll maker and a full-time folk singer, but now she pushes words around for a living. She's one of the organisers of the annual Milford SF Writers' Conference in the UK, a peer-to-peer workshopping and discussion week for published writers. She blogs and inhabits facebook and twitter, all of which can be accessed via her website at www.jaceybedford.co.uk.
MARTIN CORNWELL lives in London. From 2006 to 2010 he co-edited the No Quarter, a satirical news website. He now contributes to Quadrapheme, an online literary magazine, and writes fiction. His short stories have been published by Writers Billboard and Every Day Fiction, among others, and his upcoming debut novel is called The Seers.
+ Music from MATTHEW BOURNE
+ Writers' open mic, at which true stories, flash fiction, short fiction, poetry, and excerpts of larger work will be welcome. Please keep your contribution at 5 minutes or under.
As ever, this is all at the ridiculous, honestly, I don't know how we do it, bargainous price of £3.
This event is supported by the Leeds Inspired grants scheme.
Please note: Wharf Chambers is a members' club, and you must be a member in order to attend an event here. Joining costs £1 and takes a minimum of 48 hours to take effect. To join, see www.wharfchambers.org