Alt Fiction

A good convention, Alt Fiction, based in the Assembly Rooms in Derby. Cheers to Alex for such dedication to organise it.

Far too many folks there for me to catch up with in the four hours we hung around. But I like this con. It’s all about the fiction. All about the writing, the craft of it, the ins and outs of the industry. No crap panels. It’s wonderful for people who want to get into writing, or those who are just fans of certain authors. It opens up this mysterious industry, something I’m very keen on supporting. Met up with a few Solaris authors present and future, and various bloggers, reviewers etc. Watched my agent John Jarrold lecture on the frightening realities of getting published.

I only wish it ran for two days, but then it might lose the magic of being an intense, one-day affair. Anyway, apologies to anyone who I didn’t get a chance to say hello to. There’ll be a stack of other cons that I’ll be at this year, I’m sure…

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About Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.


  1. I couldn’t make it in the end, worst luck. Glad it went well!

  2. Yes it was good, wasn’t it? And for what it’s worth, I totally agree, Mark. Alt.Fiction is not too big, but busy. And a nice range of quality ‘stuff’. Good to talk too!

  3. Hi Mark — yes, a good chat! Nice to meet you there. Glad you enjoyed the day.

    Rob: hopefully it’s an annual event so there’s always next year!