A very special event is coming up at the end of October, for this year’s World Fantasy Convention is being held in Brighton where over 2000 fans of fantasy, science fiction and horror will gather from all over the world for a wild weekend of panel discussions, book signings, parties and Hallowe’en bar-crawling.
This year’s guests of honour include Alan Lee, illustrator of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit and lead conceptual artist for Peter Jackson’s film trilogies of the two books; and veteran sf writer Brian Aldiss, alongside Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat, Susan Cooper, the creator of The Dark is Rising; Tanith Lee, Tessa Farmer and Joe Hill. There will be a special appearance by Sir Terry Pratchett on Friday 1st November.
Also guesting is our own Robin Hobb, on a rare visit from the US, and we are very excited to see her and really looking forward to her tour and learning more about the new novel she has just delivered. Joe Abercrombie, whose brilliant Half a King we launch next June, is also coming along, so we’ll be looking forward to buying him a beer or two.
Other writers attending the convention include Tad Williams, Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan, Trudi Canavan, Juliet Marillier, Graham Joyce, Michael Marshall Smith, Garth Nix, James Oswald, Sarah Pinborough and Patrick Rothfuss.
Voyager are having a party, I’ll be interviewing Guest of Honour Alan Lee on stage and we’ll all be appearing on or heckling at panel discussions. Let the good times roll!
Jane Johnson, Publishing Director, HarperVoyager UK