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Author Topic: FantasyCon 2011 announces Joe Abercrombie as Guest of Honour  (Read 1740 times)

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Joe was born in Lancaster, England, on the last day of 1974. He was educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Manchester University, then moved to London and spent ten years working as a freelance TV editor, mostly on documentaries and live music, cutting concerts for bands from Iron Maiden to Coldplay. For much of this time he was spending his late nights bent over the keyboard, working on his take on epic fantasy.

THE BLADE ITSELF was published in 2006, and now has publishers in more than 20 countries. Its sequels, BEFORE THEY ARE HANGED and LAST ARGUMENT OF KINGS, followed in 2007 and 2008. BEST SERVED COLD, a stand-alone book set in the same world, was published in June 2009, and a second stand-alone, THE HEROES, in January 2010, when it made No. 3 on the SUNDAY TIMES Bestseller list.

FANTASYCON 2011 will be held over the weekend of 30th September to 2nd October 2011 at the Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, the venue for the highly successful 2010 World Horror Convention.

Joe joins existing Guests of Honour: World Fantasy Award-winning author and critic GWYNETH JONES, also known as Ann Halam (LIFE, SPIRIT); Swedish horror writer JOHN AJVIDE LINDQVIST, author of the best-selling LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, which was recently remade in the U.S. as LET ME IN, and PETER ATKINS, novelist (MORNING STAR; BIG THUNDER) and screenwriter (HELLRAISER II-IV, WISHMASTER).

Our first Special Guest is BRIAN ALDISS, author of more than eighty novels, both mainstream and science fiction, including FRANKENSTEIN UNBOUND, HARM and The "Helliconia" Trilogy, to name just a few, along with innumerable short stories, including 'Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,' which was filmed as A.I. Brian has also edited many anthologies, acted in performances of his plays, and is also an artist. Brian will be attending on the Saturday and Sunday of the Convention.

MISTRESS OF CEREMONIES is SARAH PINBOROUGH, British Fantasy Award-winning Author of THE LANGUAGE OF DYING and A MATTER OF BLOOD.

Other professional writers, artists, editors and publishers already registered as attending FantasyCon 2011 include: Guy Adams, Scott Andrews, Ben Baldwin, James Barclay, Simon Bestwick, Anne Billson, Ramsey Campbell, Mike Carey, Vincent Chong, Peter Crowther (PS Publishing), Joseph D'Lacey, Ian Drury (Sheil Land Associates), Les Edwards, Steven Erikson, Jaine Fenn, Jo Fletcher (Jo Fletcher Books), Christopher Fowler, Stephen Gallagher, Simon R. Green, William Hill, David J. Howe (Telos Books) Stephen Jones, Paul Kane, Jasper Kent, MD Lachlan, Tim Lebbon, Tom Lloyd, Dorothy Lumley (Dorian Literary Agency), Juliet E. McKenna, Suzanne McLeod, Gary McMahon, Michael Molcher (Abaddon Books/Solaris), Mark Morris, Adam LG Nevill, Kim Newman, Marie O'Regan, Jonathan Oliver (Abaddon Books/Solaris), Christopher Priest, Tina Rath, Gillian Redfearn (Orion Books), Nicholas Royle, Raymond Russell (Tartarus Press), Robert Shearman, Mike Shevdon, Steve Tribe (BBC Books), Lisa Tuttle, Nicholas Vince, Stephen Volk, Ian Whates (Newcon Press), Barbie Wilde, Conrad Williams, Rio Youers and many more.

 Current cost of registration stands at £55 (£50 to BFS members), costs will increase once more (on 1st July 2011), to £60 (£55 for BFS members). To book your ticket, and for more information about the Guests or MC, please visit the website: www.fantasycon2011.org.

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