After a highly successful debut in 2014, which saw nearly 50 authors participate in a unique integrated multi-platform digital and physical one day event, the Gollancz Festival is back. This year sees Gollancz working in conjunction with Waterstones and Future PLC to be even bigger, expanding over two days and locations, and involving more than 70 authors.
The festival will kick off at Waterstones Manchester, Deansgate, on Friday 16 October from 6-9pm, and continue at Waterstones Piccadilly on Saturday 17 October from 2-5pm. There will be back to back interactive events and panel debates in each store, followed by the chance to get your books signed by all the attending authors, which depending on the event you attend, will include the likes of (deep breath) Ben Aaronovitch; Joe Abercrombie; Mark Alder; Bradley Beaulieu; AK Benedict: Aliette de Bodard; Pat Cadigan; Paul Cornell; Edward Cox; Stephen Deas; Jaine Fenn; Joanne Harris; MG Harris; Antonia Honeywell; Joe Hill; Stephen Hunt; Simon Ings; Alex Lamb; Paul McAuley; Ian McDonald; Suzanne McLeod; Den Patrick; Sarah Pinborough; Adam Roberts; Al Robertson; Brandon Sanderson; Mark Stay; Jon Wallace; Catriona Ward; Chris Wooding; Stephen Baxter; Adam Dalton; Alex Lamb; Elizabeth May; Simon Morden; Richard Morgan; Justina Robson; Brandon Sanderson; Gavin Smith; Tricia Sullivan and Tom Toner (sincere apologies if we’ve missed anyone out!)
It’s one hell of a line up, and with tickets costing around £10 (or less, if you’re a Waterstones loyalty card holder) and including freebies such as an exclusive Gollancz Festival 2015 tote bag full of goodies, and a glass of wine or soft drink, this promises to be a fantastic event which provides great value for money. Unsurprisingly it’s proving very popular and is selling out fast, so if you’re interested then get your mitts on your ticket here: gollanczfestival.com.
However, if you’ve missed your chance at attending the physical event or live outside the UK, don’t despair! There are free online events scheduled across the 48 hours which are available pretty much worldwide thanks to Gollancz’s partnership working with Hachette Australia and New Zealand, and will also be available for you to access retrospectively on the Gollancz Festival website. Details on the digital programme are due to be released later this month, so keep those sharp, bookworm eyes peeled.