Edge-Lit returns to Derby

Frances Hardinge at home in London September 9, 2009

One of the UK’s most popular fantasy, horror and science-fiction events – Edge-Lit – is back in Derby this month for a day of panels, readings and interviews as well as an expanded programme of workshops and a new and improved book dealers room.

Whether you’re a reader looking to hear from and meet some of the best genre talent around, a fan wanting to explore key areas of speculative fiction more deeply, or a writer looking to gain great practical advice and guidance from an  array of established names in the field, Edge-Lit is a must-attend event. 

This year’s event on July 14 will also feature the tenth anniversary of the Gemmell Awards for Fantasy Fiction, the Gemmell Auction, and the Edge-Lit raffle.

The guests of honour are Frances Hardinge (pictured), Costa Book Award-winning author of The Lie Tree and Cuckoo Song; CF Iggulden, author of Darien; Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock and Adrian J Walker, best selling author of The End of the World Running Club and The Last Dog on Earth.

There will be talks and workshops during the day from an impressive list of speakers and panellists including: Age of Assassins author RJ Barker; literary agent and editorial consultant Julie Crisp; Philip K Dick Award-nominated author Rod Duncan; Costa Short Story Award winner Zoe Gilbert; Derbyshire author Jo Jakeman, whose thriller Sticks and Stones is out this month; New York Times bestselling fantasy and science-fiction author Gav Thorpe; and Roz Watkins, one of Derbyshire’s acclaimed crime writers and author of The Devil’s Dice.

Topics up for discussion include Modern Ghosts: Is the Ghost Story a Nostalgic Act; Promo 101: What Really Works to Market Your Book? and Shivers: Creating Suspense and Fear in Your Fiction. 

Workshops will include help in writing the first page; how to use networks to promote your book and social media for writers and preparing your agent submission package. 

Doors at QUAD in Derby, open at 9am with the first activities at 10am. The raffle will be at 6pm and the awards from 8pm.

n For more details of times and a full schedule go to derbyquad.co.uk and look under events.