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Nine Worlds and other news

By Emma on August 3, 2015

Nine Worlds? Already?!

Well, someone is definitely stealing time from me as it’s August now and I am pretty certain it’s supposed to be May. But anyway, everyone else seems to think this much time has passed, so it’s high time (no pun intended) I told you about my schedule at Nine Worlds this year.

But before I do that, I just wanted to squee about the fact that my short story “A Woman’s Place” has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Best Short Story award! Blimey! It was published in the 221 Baker Streets anthology published by Abaddon Books. You should check it out as there are lots of great stories in there.

This is the first short story award I’ve been shortlisted for – which thrills me in and of itself – but in addition, that story was the only thing I had published last year, otherwise known as the year of absolute hell. It’s like finding a gold nugget in a pan full of crap. Yay!

So, Nine Worlds…

No wait, sorry, there’s an event happening just before Nine Worlds, on Thursday 6th August called Fantasy in the Court where authors and readers can chat at the wonderful Goldsboro Books. It’s a ticketed event and I will be there with my husband Pete, which is just as well as it will also be our ten year wedding anniversary and spending it getting tiddly at a gorgeous bookshop could not be more perfect. Details are here: https://www.goldsborobooks.com/event/fantasy-in-the-court-2/

No, really, here’s my Nine Worlds schedule now!

Friday 7th August

You’re in our world now – The invention of myths for a modern audience

County C&D, 11:45am – 1:00pm

Tom Pollock, Anna Caltabiano, Emma Newman, Snorri Kristjansson, Joanne Harris, Peter Newman

How are authors finding new and exciting ways to reinvent myths and fairy tales for the modern era and why are there some stories we just can’t get enough of?

(This is also my very first time as moderator. Hold me.)


Newbie Meetup

County A, 1:30pm – 2:45pm

New to Nine Worlds? Come and have a nice cup of tea with authors Emma Newman and Peter Newman of the Hugo nominated Tea and Jeopardy podcast, and before you know it, you’ll feel right at home. (Mild peril not included).


Fear and Writing Workshop

Royal A, 5:00pm – 6:15pm

Are you struggling to write the first draft of your novel? Are you researching endlessly but not actually writing the book? Have you had a book in your head for years but been unable to start it? Do you have a drawer full of unfinished stories and manuscripts? Emma Newman’s workshop is designed to help authors explore the reasons they’re not getting that book written: we’ll cover practical tasks to take home, all designed to help you start – and finish! – that manuscript lurking in the back of your mind.

(Please bring a pen and paper!)

Saturday 8th August

Collaborative Writing – How to write with others (and stay friends) 

Royal A, 11:45am – 1:00pm

Tiffani Angus, Gavin G Smith, Stephen Deas, Naomi Foyle, Emma Newman

Our panel discusses the trials and pitfalls of collaborative writing, examining why people write together, and the best techniques and technologies to use.


Newbie Meetup

Commonwealth East, 1:30pm – 2:45pm

Peter Newman, Emma Newman

New to Nine Worlds? Come and have a nice cup of tea with authors Emma Newman and Peter Newman of the Hugo nominated Tea and Jeopardy podcast, and before you know it, you’ll feel right at home. (Mild peril not included).

Sunday 9th August

Can’t Stop the Signal – Taking your podcast to the next level

Room 32, 10:00am – 11:15am

Emma Newman, Michaela Gray, Ed Fortune, Paul Davies, Peter Fagan

There’s more to hosting a successful podcast than recording and posting audio. The key to taking your podcast to the next level is engaging with your fans. Join the hosts of a number of successful podcasts in a discussion and Q&A session to find out how they use podcasting, social media and conventions to build an audience.

Writing the Other

Commonwealth West, 3:15pm – 4:30pm

Stephen Aryan, Stark Holborn, Adam Christopher, Guy Haley, Naomi Foyle, Emma Newman


Good grief, I’m busier than I thought I would be!

Are you a sci-fi book reviewer who is going to be at Nine Worlds?

I have a very small number of ARCs of my upcoming novel Planetfall which will be released on November 3rd (published by Ace/Roc). If you would like one, drop me a line in the comments below with a link to your review site (so I can keep track for the publicist) and I will arrange a time that I can give you a copy. First come, first served!

Right. Now I am going to try and do about 7 day’s worth of work in less than three. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG? If you need me, I’ll be over there, mainlining tea and maybe crying. Wheeeee!

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  1. Paul (@princejvstin) says:

    If only I were going! Alas!

  2. KH Rose says:

    Looks lovely, wish we could attend.

    Also, congratulations on that upcoming tenth anniversary.
    KH Rose recently posted..Weekly Rambling (08/1/15)

  3. Pipsytip says:

    I have been getting into book blogging of late. Would love an Arc if you coild spare one.

  4. Tried to post this comment yesterday but it looks like I didn’t do a great job of it.

    I can’t wait to see some of your panels, I also want to go back to the Fear and Writing workshop. I’ve been before but I feel like I still need it.

    I don’t know if that qualifies but I have a YouTube channel about SFF books where I do video reviews. I’d love an ARC of Planetfall if there are any left. The channel is at http://www.youtube.com/user/clairerousseau 🙂
    Claire Rousseau recently posted..Seveneves – Book Review

  5. Jeff Wooliscroft says:

    Ten years? Well done to the both of you! I hope you thoroughly enjoy the somewhat unusual anniversary-celebrations …

    And maybe I’ll see you around at Nine Worlds – if you’re not too busy!

  6. David says:

    Not going to be at Nine Worlds but I am planning to be at Fantasy in the Court so I will try to say Hello then. I just hope that the Court doesn’t turn out to be the lair of a giant spaceworm – the podcast suggests one ought to take precautions…
    David recently posted..Review: All That Outer Space Allows by Ian Sales

  7. Donna says:

    Hi Emma I review books at http://culturescouse.wordpress.com. It’s primarily focused on SFF and YA but it’s been sadly neglected for various reasons and doesn’t have many followers. I don’t want to take an arc from someone who would be more useful to you, but I’d also love to review Planetfall and will be at Nine Worlds. Won’t be offended if you say no!

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