by Carol Goodwin
Prognostications and predictions of West Midlands genre literary events coming up this month.
I think there is sometimes a perception that there is no literary activity outside of London. Well if you live in the Midlands and are interested in SF/Fantasy writing and books then the following is a list of some of the interesting events that are I know are happening in the area this October. Most of them are inexpensive or even free and a great chance to meet and talk to authors, editors and fans of the SF/F/ Horror genre. So what are you waiting for?
INTO THE NARROWS, 17th October, Birmingham
Local fantasy author James Brogden talks about how the Midlands inspires his urban fantasy. 2 – 3pm at Birmingham University. Free entry but booking required. More details at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/colleges/artslaw/events/bttf/2015/jamesbrogden.aspx
THINGS THAT DON’T SELL BOOKS, 17th October, Birmingham
Local fantasy authors, Iain Grant and Heide Goody discuss how to boost online sales. 3 – 4pm at Birmingham University. Free entry but booking required. More details at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/colleges/artslaw/events/bttf/2015/heidegoodyiain-
SHOUT THE CALL, 17th October, Walsall
Double book launch by local authors, Lucy Onions (SHOUT THE CALL) and James Josiah (C90) with additional readings by other authors, live music, free food and drink. Southcart Books, 20 Lower Hall Lane, Walsall. WS1 1RL. Check the Facebook event page for more details.
NOTTINGHAM WRITERS’ CLUB SPECIAL SCIFI NIGHT, 21st October, Nottingham
Featuring local authors Gav Thorpe, Stephen Palmer and Alex Davis discussing writing and publishing. 6 – 9:30pm at The Nottingham Mechanics, NG1 4EZ. Tickets £5. Details at http://www.nottinghamwritersclub.org.uk/speakers.shtml#oct
AN EVENING WITH JOE HILL, 22nd October, Birmingham
Horror writer Joe Hill will be answering questions and signing books. Waterstones New Street from 7pm. Tickets £3 Tel: 0121 631 4333.
BRANDON SANDERSON IN CONVERSATION WITH BRADLEY BEAULIEU & LEIGH BARDUGO, 22nd October, Nottingham
Three leading fantasy authors talk about their new books. Waterstones, Nottingham (1/5 Bridlesmith Gate, NG1 2GR) from 7 pm. Tickets £3 Tel: 0115 947 0069.
MAGIC AND MAYHEM WITH LEIGH BARDUGO, 25th October, Birmingham
Fantasy author Leigh Bardugo will be talking about her new book SIX OF CROWS at Waterstones New Street from 3pm. Tickets £3 Tel: 0121 631 4333.
SOUTHCART SCAREFEST, 31st October, Walsall
A day of Horror-themed author readings and fun, free food and drink. Southcart Books, 20 Lower Hall Lane, Walsall. WS1 1RL. Check the Facebook event page for more details.
AN EVENING WITH DAVID MOODY AND WAYNE SIMMONS, 30th October, Birmingham
Horror authors David Moody and Wayne Simmons will be answering questions and signing books including Wayne Simmons’ new book VOODOO CHILD at Waterstones New Street from 7pm. Tel: 0121 631 4333.