Gollancz is delighted to share two substantial updates regarding The Gollancz Festival. Firstly, the full schedule of events, including the topics for discussion and selection of panellists, at the events in Manchester, 16 October, and London, 17 October, is now available at gollanczfestival.com.
Secondly, Gollancz is launching an additional Waterstones Piccadilly-based event for at aspiring writers on Sunday 18 October, from 12 until 3pm!
Tickets to The Gollancz Festival 2015 at London Piccadilly sold out in an astonishing three weeks. Subsequently Gollancz received a number of messages and tweets from disappointed genre fiction fans who missed out on purchasing tickets. Many of them are part of writing groups or identified themselves as aspiring authors. Inspired by their messages, Gollancz have decided to launch ‘The Gollancz Festival for Writers’ from 12 until 3pm on Sunday 18 October, tickets priced at £8 (£6 for Waterstones card holders). The event is aimed at aspiring writers and anyone looking for an insight into an author’s process. It will include talks from Ben Aaronvitch, Joe Abercrombie, Joanne Harris and Joe Hill, as well as a panel of talented debut authors discussing ‘the trials and tribulations of their first year in print’. Please see the full programme and buy tickets here.
Publishing Director, Gillian Redfearn said: ‘Gollancz has always encouraged new writers so I’m thrilled that we’re able to offer a bespoke event focused on helping them to build their craft. We’ve developed a programme of practical and inspiring talks from genre-leading authors, and debut novelists, as well as industry-leading agents and editors’.
A small number of tickets for the Manchester Gollancz Festival from 16 October 6 – 9pm, are still available for £8. Please book now to avoid disappointment. At Waterstones Deansgate, there will be two rooms featuring 3 hours of action-packed programming. In both rooms attendees will see the same brilliant line-up featuring more than 20 authors with headline names including Ben Aaronovitch, Joe Abercrombie, Joanne Harris, Brandon Sanderson and, in a new addition to the bill, Joe Hill. You can book tickets at gollanczfest.com.
Tickets to The Gollancz Festival, London Piccadilly, 17 October from 2–7pm, are now sold out, but for those who have purchased tickets the programme is now available. While those haven’t been able to buy tickets are welcome to join us on Sunday 18 October at ‘The Gollancz Festival for Writers’ or at Gollancz Festival events at the Prince Charles Cinema.