Well, despite the global pandemic/zombie apocalypse, the convention circuit has risen from its grave, from the ashes, whatever metaphor you’d like. I’ve now fully updated this website’s listings, all the way through to late 2022! Check it our here: UK conventions and festivals: scifi, fantasy, horror and comicbooks | Metaphysical Fantasy (wordpress.com)
Well, it looks like the convention circuit for science fiction, fantasy and horror has been gearing back up. I’ve now updated the universal list for you to check out: https://metaphysicalfantasy.wordpress.com/events/uk-conventions-and-festivals-scifi-fantasy-and-horror/
Happy to announce I’ll be giving a presentation on the sociohistory of fantasy sub-genres, doing a reading and engaging in a Q&A at the BFS York Pubmeet on Saturday 11 March 2017. There’ll be a raffle, give-aways, signed things and all that. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/2nd-2017-york-pubmeet-fantasy-sub-genres-sociohistory-and-a-j-dalton-tickets-31990617799?aff=es2
Liverpool Hope University is hosting a free Tolkien Day on 11 November 2016, featuring Alan Lee, the Academy Award winning Concept Artist of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. After Lee’s talk, the university will host a free evening screening of The Return of the King. More details of the event can be found at http://www.hope.ac.uk/media/media,67442,en.pdf
The annual GollanczFest will soon be upon us! What does the festival involve? Online discussions with celebrity authors, panel debates in Waterstones (tickets go on sale at 11am today) and much, much more. I’ll be taking part in panel debates at Waterstones Manchester Deansgate on Friday 16 October. What more could you want? Check out http://www.gollanczfest.com or #gollanczfest15.
HorrorCon 2015, 17 -18 Jan, Rotherham/Sheffield: special guests, lectures, Cosplay and market, http://horrorconventions.co.uk/index.html
Oo! I’m doing my first ticketed event for Waterstones on 18 Oct. With Tom Lloyd thrown in for good measure. We’ll do a talk on trends in fantasy, a couple of readings, a Q&A and some scribbling in books! Tickets available from Waterstones Nottingham from Thurs 4 Sept. Shout it to the skies!
In something of a minor miracle, I’ve actually been included on the programme of FantasyCon in York. I’ll be giving forth 5-6pm on Saturday 6 Sept. The topic: The Fan, the Pro and the Publishing Industry Writers.
Why a minor miracle? Well, let’s just say the selection policy regarding panels has been far from transparent in previous years. Seems like things are finally changing! As my friend Richard Kellum once time: ‘It’s high time Pip threw back the curtains of Miss Faversham’s dark and dusty sitting room.’ There is hope.
Meanwhile, I’ll be signing for Watestones Doncaster this Saturday (23 Aug).
And what’s Dalton working on? He’s writing a troll story for Nordland Publishing, that’s what.
Leeds capitulates! A signing event now confirmed for Saturday 16 Aug 2014, 11am-till-all-the-books-are-gone. Hurraaaaaaaaaaaaah!