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SFX Weekender

This weekend, I’ll be attending the SFX Weekender, at Pontins in Camber Sands. Yes, that’s right – Pontins. I think the plan is for authors to don brightly coloured blazers and work the crowd through Steps songs.


A bunch of genre folk will be on hand to give indispensable advice and witticisms on all things science fiction and fantasy. I am included in that list of genre folk, and I think (for these things can change) I will be doing the following things:


13.00 – 14:00 Workshop – How to get published (a Q&A for would-be authors). I believe I’m on this with my editor, so expect me to offer hugely controversial titbits only to be slapped down by her.

15:00 – 15:30 Some sort of interview type thing with Sandy Auden.

16.30 – 17.30 Panel – Is spin off, shared universe, tie-in and franchise literature under-appreciated?

So please come along to any of these if you want to have a chat with me/insult me/offer me gifts.


The most amusing matter to share is that the Tor/Pan Macmillan authors will all be sharing a beachfront cottage for the weekend. Together. With editor and publicist.

I’m seeing it like a mix of The O.C. and The Big Bang Theory. There exists the potential for an amusing situation comedy to be spawned from our experiences – I’m emailing ITV right after this. But of course, the question you’re all going to want to know is, will I beat China Miéville at Top Trumps?

By Mark Newton

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

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