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Gollancz Festival 2017 - Afternoon

Saturday 4th November 2017 3pm - 6pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event


Esteemed science fiction and fantasy publisher Gollancz hosts a large selection of their authors for an afternoon of panel discussions and signing 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.



The Utopian Ideal: Writing the future you’d like to live in

Our panellists, Antonia Honeywell, Stephen Deas, Adam Roberts, Jaine Fenn and Edward Cox, discuss why every utopia isn’t always a dystopia, and how SF can explore the future optimistically as well as realistically. 


Authors speaking at this session:

Antonia Honeywell, Stephen Deas, Adam Roberts, Jaine Fenn and Edward Cox

Chairperson: tbc



Choose your weapons wisely: the best way to defeat your demons

“Stick it with the pointy end” sums this one up. But some points are better than others, which our panellists will prove by the end of their (mostly) non-violent debate on weapons in fantasy.


Authors speaking at this session:

Elizabeth May, Chris Wooding, Ed McDonald, Aliette de Bodard and Kristen Ciccarelli

Chairperson: tbc






Enduring Science Fiction: how do stories survive when science catches up with fiction

Can you try to predict the future? Should you even try? Our authors discuss what it’s like to write in a world progressing faster than the words you’re reading right now. 


Authors speaking at this session:

Simon Morden, Pat Cadigan, Paul McAuley and Alastair Reynolds

Chairperson: tbc


17:20- 18:00

The Monster Mash: 4 monsters, 4 authors, 1 winner…you decide

Yes, exactly what it sounds like. Each author champions a monster, battling each other until only one survives to be the winner. There can be only one!


Authors speaking at this session:

Joe Hill, Joanne Harris, James Barclay and Jon Wallace

Chairperson: tbc




Your opportunity to purchase books and get them signed by any of the authors in attendance.


To see an overview of all events in the festival click here


Venue: The Auditorium at Foyles, Level 6, 107 Charing Cross Road
Tickets: £15 including a Gollanczfest goodie bag or £25 for Morning and Afternoon at Foyles.

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Please note, no physical tickets will be issued (to save the trees!), the email confirmation you receive is proof of your booking.

We are unable to issue refunds to customers unable to attend the event without at least 24 hours' notice. To request a refund of your ticket purchase or purchases, email with your details and request.


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