Phonicon, Paintwork, and the Heligan Structure

I’ve done a  short interview about my Doctor Who story The Roots of Evil over on Sarah McIntyre’s blog, which she’s illustrated with this fantastic drawing of the Heligan Structure, the giant space tree in which it all takes place.

Sarah also asked me which actress I thought should play a female Doctor – but you’ll have to look at her blog to see the three I suggested.  In the pictures she’s chosen they all look eerily similar – which they didn’t at all in my mind’s eye; I was thinking more of their personalities or acting styles than their appearances.  But it seems that I subconsciously see the Doctor with a blonde bob…

Thanks to everyone who has re-tweeted and re-posted my bit of Doctor Who news on twitter and elsewhere!

The Roots of Evil is one of the things I’ll be talking about at Phonicon, the Sci-Fi extranaganza which is set to take over Exeter’s Phoenix Arts Centre this coming Sunday (7th April). Doors open at 10.30 a.m., and I’ll be on stage at 11.00, so if you want to see me being interviewed you’ll need to be there good an early. (I’ll probably be hanging around for much of the rest of the day, though, so feel free to come and say hello).

There’s no official bookseller at Phonicon, and I’m not really geared up to sell heaps of my own books. I’ll be bringing a small selection with me, but if you want to get books signed it would probably be best to buy them in advance, or nip over to WHSmiths or one of Exeter’s two branches of Waterstones (all of which are fairly close to the Phoenix).  The Waterstones nearest the cathedral should also have a few copies of The Exeter Riddles, the short book I wrote for the recent Animated Exeter festival.

And finally, here’s a haunting short film by one of my favourite contemporary SF writers, Tim Maughan, (with Alan Tabrett and Laurie Eagle, in association with Arc Magazine). It’s set in Bristol, in a future so near that it’s almost here, and is based on the opening passage of Tim’s powerful anthology Paintwork, which I reviewed on this blog last year. Enjoy – and then, if you haven’t already, read the book!

Radio Devon Interview & Dartmoor photos

Here’s a link to the live interview I did this morning with Judi Spiers for her popular show BBC Radio Devon. We talked for about twenty minutes, about Goblins, The Exeter Riddles, Oliver and the Seawigs, Animated Exeter and last weekend’s Chagword festival – which was a huge success, by the way. Many thanks to all the people who turned up to my event! And many thanks too to Sarah McIntyre for posting this morning’s interview on YouTube.

Staying with matters Devonian, my wife, Sarah Reeve, is planning to post a photo each day all this year. They’re mostly pictures of the Dartmoor landscape near our house, and they’re lovely. You can follow her on Instagram (where she goes by the name of moorland) or on Twitter for updates.

Chagword and PhoniCon

I’ve been zooming all over the place doing school events recently, so it’s nice to announce two upcoming appearances much closer to home, in Chagford and Exeter.

Chagford is a little Dartmoor town about twenty miles from Exeter, and close to some of my favourite bits of the moor.  It has long been infested with artists, writers and illustrators, and this year, for the first time, it will be hosting its own literary festival, Chagword. The line-up includes Richard Dimbleby, Kathy Lette, Chris Mullin, and A.L.Kennedy, and I’ll be doing a lunch-time session at 1.45 pm next saturday (15th March), in which I’ll be talking about Goblins, Dwarves, Mortal Engines and anything anyone cares to ask.  You can find details of my thing here, and here’s a link to the main website.  This is Dartmoor’s only literary festival, so it would be great to see it thrive and become a regular event.

I’ll also be appearing on Sunday 7th April at PhoniCon, a Science Fiction and Fantasy festival at Exeter’s Phoenix Arts Centre which will feature films, writers, artists, ‘nerdy collectables’ and live music in the evening. I’m not sure yet what time I’ll be on – probably in the middle of the day – but it looks as if there will be plenty to see whatever time you turn up. Guests include Bristol-based writer Joanne Hall, former Dr Who companion Anneke Wills, and Nicholas Pegg, who, as if being a leading authority on David Bowie isn’t cool enough, is also an actual DALEK.

More information here on the PhoniCon website!

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