Upcoming events (April 2016):

Big thanks to all who came along to The Map of Bones launch at Forbidden Planet, which was a great evening. There are two upcoming events that you’re warmly welcome to come along to – though (confusingly) they’re both on the same night, Tues 26th April.

First up, I’ll be speaking at the ‘Dark Societies: Curses and Quests’ at 6:30pm, at Waterstone’s Picadilly. At this panel event, run by the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club, I’ll be joined by Thomas Olde Heuvelt and James Smythe, and we’ll be discussing apocalypses, writing, and anything else that you fancy asking us about. James (a fellow HarperVoyager author) and I have done events together before, and he’s always great value. And Thomas’s new book, Hex, sounds fantastic (and scary!) and has received glowing praise from Robin Hobb, one of the greatest living fantasy authors. More details about the event are here. Tickets are £5/£3 PABC members and Waterstones Cardholders. You can get tickets in store, via 02078512400 or email Piccadilly@waterstones.com

I’ll also be at SRFC (the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club, which is exactly what it says on the tin) the same night, at the Grange Hotel Holborn. The event starts from 6:30, and there will be readings from Marc Turner and Clifford Beale, as well as me (about 8pm, after I’ve dashed there from the first event). As well as brief readings, there’s also a chance to ask questions, followed by lots of relaxed drinks and chat. There will be books for sale as well, and authors will be happy to sign. SRFC is free, great fun and I strongly recommend it. Go here for details of the event.

NB: As both of these events are on the same night, I’ll be dashing out of the Dark Societies event before the book signing at the end, and will be at SRFC ready to read (and answer questions) from 8pm. So if you’re coming to Dark Societies are and keen to get a book signed, feel free to catch me before the event – I’ll make sure that I’m there a bit early.

And if you’d like to hear me talk without leaving your couch, this week I was again on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Open Book’ programme, talking about genre vs literary, and the implications that tend to come with these labels. You can listen to the podcast here (my segment starts at about 15 mins 40 secs).