Notification of a few writerly trips, some considerable time in advance, and all subject to change, of course:
17th-18th October: Fantastyval in the Netherlands. Yes, I have been invited back to Holland to speak, panel, and read once again. My second book is coming out there in translation in September, I believe, so it is in some senses timely. They’re still at the organisational stage, so more details as I learn them.
5th-6th February 2010: The SFX Weekender at Pontins, no less, Camber Sands, Sussex. This is an extensive cross-genre event organised by the magazine SFX, and includes all manner of film, tv, comic and book related fun from everything Sfnal and Fantastic. And if none of that works for you, you’ve still got the British seaside in early February! Score! Also already announced on the bill are writers like China Mieville, Peter F. Hamilton and Paul Cornell, actors like that John Barrowman and that James Marsters, and no doubt many more to be confirmed. You shall know when I shall know.
10th-13th March 2010: The Dubai Literary Festival. Ha ha. No, I’m not joking. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it’s some kind of mistake, though, as my name does not appear on their list of already confirmed writers. Maybe they just can’t believe they’ve landed such a big literary fish as me, and dare not announce it for fear the dream will end. Or maybe they just don’t want it to be the first name that appears on the list before Martin Amis, since, you know, I am the king of alphabetisation. Shut up, Abbot! So, any keen followers of this blog who were planning to attend the Dubai Literary Festival (yeah, right), I’ll let you know more as and when (and if)…