Eastercon Schedule

If you’re going to Mancunicon next week, you’ll be able to catch me on the following panels.

1). That Which We Call Reality, By Any Other Name …
Saturday 20:30 – 21:30, Presidential Suite (Hilton Deansgate)

In many speculative stories, reality is stubbornly stable: a lot of readers love their worldbuilding to be consistent. But in an important strand of the field, which includes the work of writers such as Carol Emshwiller, Philip K. Dick, and Kelly Link, reality is something more subjective, contested, arguable. What is the appeal of such stories, for readers and writers, and how do they achieve their effects? Do they contain distinctive types of characters or narratives? And can we identify differences of approach or effect depending on whether a given writer’s starting point is literary experimentation, philosophical enquiry, or scientific exploration?

With: Andrew M Butler, Gareth L. Powell, Christopher Priest, Justina Robson, Tricia Sullivan


2). How High is Your Brow?
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, Room 8&9 (Hilton Deansgate)

Science fiction and fantasy have long had a tumultuous relationship with the world of “highbrow” art. There are divides in funding, attention, and prestige between artforms deemed (by some) to be “serious” and those deemed to be “popular”, and it sometimes seems that never the twain shall meet. What would science-fictional high culture look like? (SF opera?) How are discussions about “high” art shaped by social class and background? How do we, as science fiction readers and writers, challenge the divide? In what ways do we find ourselves reinforcing it? Can we just ignore it — and why, or why not?

With: Peter Harrow, Trevor Hoyle, Pauline Morgan, Gareth L. Powell, Simon Morden

This Week

This week, I’ll be appearing at two events.

1). Tonight, I am going to be reading at the BristolCon Fringe. I’ll be doing a 20 minute reading of new material at the Shakespeare Tavern, Princes St, Bristol (next to the Arnolfini). Entry is free, and the event starts at 7:00pm.

2). On Wednesday (24 Feb), I’m going to be in London for the BSFA Interview, where bestselling author Peter F. Hamilton will be questioning me in front of a live audience. This is also free to attend, and takes place at The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND from 7:00pm.

Please come along and say hello.

New Event: Adam Nevill and Gareth L. Powell in Plymouth


Bar Facilities Available in the Arts Centre

TO BOOK: www.nevill-powell.eventbrite.co.uk

– See more at: Literature Works website

Stop Press: Venue Change

Next week, on Weds 24th Feb, my BSFA interview has been moved to The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND. All other details remain the same (7pm start, free entry, interview to be conducted by Peter F. Hamilton).

Hope to see you there!