SF and Fantasy at the Durham Book Festival

Tammy Moore of New Writing North, which runs the Durham Book Festival, writes:

We are delighted to be bringing an exciting mix of SF and Fantasy authors to the 2013 Durham Book Festival.

For the young at heart, why not start with fantasy fun with Curtis Jobling on Saturday 19 October. The author and illustrator of numerous children’s books – and the creator of kid’s favourites like Bob the Builder and Frankenstein’s Cat ­– Jobling will be at Durham Town Hall on Saturday 19 October to talk about his fantasy series, Wereworld. Jobling will also delight fans with a fun, interactive talk featuring live animation.

And for those fans who like their fantastical fiction with a bit more science, Stephen Baxter, one of the UK’s most prolific and imaginative writers, will be at the festival on Saturday 12 October. Baxter will be talking to Professor Simon James about his prolific writing career – which includes the classic Xeelee sequence and The Time Ships – and The Long War, the latest instalment in the series he is co-writing with SF and fantasy legend Terry Pratchett.

Finally there is Matt Haig’s The Humans, in which a celebrated Cambridge professor makes one discovery too far and ends up the skin-suit of a befuddled alien with a mission to accomplish. Haig will be at the Festival on Sunday 13 October for a Q&A session with debut author Lottie Moggach, writer of the unusual mystery Kiss Me First. Read the books and come along with your questions; or listen to the questions first and then see what you think of the book.

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