2016 Gollancz Festival

The 2016 Gollancz Festival, a two-day event at Foyles Charing Cross Road in London, will be held September 17-18.

Prior to that, a complementary online festival runs from September 12-16, the details of which have yet to be announced.

The panel events at the 2016 Gollancz Festival will be three hours long and priced at £15 each. Details and schedule here.

There will be a separate party for readers and authors on September 17, including a brief talk from three major fantasy authors. Ticket price for the Gollancz Festival party will be £15 and will include two drinks and snacks – book here.

There also will be a Gollancz Festival for Writers on September 17, two three-hour sessions, costing £25 per session. To receive updates, register your interest at GollanczFest.co.uk.

Foyles has posted the schedules for the panel events, Festival for Writers, and party.

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Gollancz Festival – Morning

Saturday 17th September 2016 10am – 1pm

Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road

Come and join esteemed science fiction and fantasy publisher Gollancz and a host of their authors for a morning of discussion and debate in the Foyles auditorium. The session will run from 10am until 1pm with a 20 minute interval, and will be followed by a signing by all authors. Ticket price includes a free Gollancz goody bag. The line-up includes:

  • Panel 1. Why So Early?

James Barclay, Tom Toner and Catriona Ward will be discussing community engagement, excitement and involvement within the scifi and fantasy community and genre.

  • Panel 2. More Than a Story

Stephen Baxter, Pat Cadigan and Den Patrick will be discussing the effects of fiction and whether it can really change the world.

  • Panel 3. Awards, huh? What are they good for?

A discussion of awards, their role and impact from Elizabeth BearScott LynchPaul McAuley and Justina Robson.

  • Panel 4. #amwriting

How important is your online presence? With Joe AbercrombieAntonia Honeywell and Gavin Smith.

Gollancz Festival – Afternoon

Saturday 17th September 2016 3pm – 6pm

Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road

Come and join esteemed science fiction and fantasy publisher Gollancz and a host of their authors for an afternoon of discussion and debate in the Foyles auditorium. The session will run from 3pm until 6pm with a 20 minute interval, and will be followed by a signing by all authors. Ticket price includes a free Gollancz goody bag. The line-up includes:

  • Panel 1. Utopia vs Conflict:

Ezekiel Boone, Al Robertson and Jon Wallace discussing why we are in love with the end of the world.

  • Panel 2. The Comfort Zone: Leave or Remain?

Alex Lamb, Suzanne McLeod and Christopher Priest will be discussing how important originality is and do readers even want it.

  • Panel 3. Don’t Make Me Laugh

Stephen Deas, Tom Lloyd and Simon Morden discuss the role and difficulties of humour in fiction.

  • Panel 4. Does Anyone Need a Wee?

Ben AaronovitchEd Cox, Joanne Harris and Scott Lynch will be discussing the logistics in fantasy.

Gollancz Festival

Sunday 18th September 2016 10am – 1pm

Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road

Come and join esteemed science fiction and fantasy publisher Gollancz for a morning of insightful and engaging discussions between authors. This ticket grants all holders access to four morning discussions in the Foyles auditorium including:

  • Panel 1. Joe Abercrombie, Tom Lloyd and Scott Lynch in conversation
  • Panel 2. Ben Aaronovitch in conversation with Elizabeth Bear
  • Panel 3. Stephen Baxter in conversation with Alastair Reynolds
  • Panel 4. Joanne Harris in conversation with Ed Cox

 The Writer’s Day – Morning

Saturday 17th September 2016 10am – 1pm 

The Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix St, London WC2H 8BU

Join science fiction and fantasy publisher Gollancz, in the cosy Phoenix Artist Club (just across the road from Foyles, Charing Cross Road) for a morning of workshops and talks focused on the mechanics and skills needed by the modern writer.

The session includes a fascinating insight into the life of the agent from top literary agent, Juliet Mushens, a speed-workshopping session where small groups of attendees will benefit from a series of 15 minute sessions with different authors to discuss the business of being a writer; and a panel discussion on expanded universes, forgotten realms and future histories. The session will run from 10:00 until 1pm, and will be followed by a signing. Space is very limited!

Authors in attendance include Ben Aaronovitch, Ezekiel Boone, Edward Cox, Stephen Deas, Joanne Harris, Alex Lamb, Tom Lloyd, Suzanne McLeod, Simon Morden, Christopher Priest, Al Robertson and Jon Wallace.

The Writer’s Day – Afternoon

Saturday 17th September 2016 3pm – 6pm,

The Phoenix Artist Club, 1 Phoenix St, London WC2H 8BU

Join science fiction and fantasy publisher Gollancz, in the cosy Phoenix Artist Club (just across the road from Foyles, Charing Cross Road) for a morning of workshops and talks focused on the mechanics and skills needed by the modern writer.

The session includes a fascinating insight into the editorial process from four Gollancz editors, a speed-workshopping session where small groups of attendees will benefit from a series of 15 minute sessions with different authors to discuss the business of being a writer; and a panel discussion on worldbuilding. The session will run from 3pm until 6pm, and will be followed by a signing. Space is very limited!

Authors in attendance include: Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Stephen Baxter,  Elizabeth Bear, Pat Cadigan, Antonia Honeywell, Scott Lynch, Paul McAuley, Den Patrick, Justina Robson, Gavin Smith, Tom Toner and Catriona Ward.

Gollancz Festival Party

Saturday 17th September 2016 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road

Ten years ago four of the biggest names in modern fantasy were published. Science fiction and fantasy publisher, Gollancz, celebrates this landmark achievement with special editions of these four novels: The Blade Itself, Stormcaller, The Final Empire and The Lies of Locke Lamora. Now, join them in celebrating at the 10th Anniversary Book Launch where Gillian Redfearn will be in conversation with Joe Abercrombie, Tom Lloyd and Scott Lynch.

Following the conversation, mingle with Gollancz authors and editors attending the festival, ask questions and get your book signed. The ticket price includes a glass of wine or a soft drink, and nibbles.