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North London Literary Festival 2016

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START DATE 22 March 2016
START TIME 11:00am

The Boardroom (C219), Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT

Organised by students in the Department of Media, the North London Literary Festival returns to Middlesex University in 2016 with the theme of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Diversity

A flying saucer casts its beam over a city in the future

Headline speakers Pat Cadigan and Christopher Priest are accompanied by a series of workshops covering fiction writing and how to get published, the performance of sci-fi play Been On The Job Too Long, and panels discussions exploring the genre.

The North London Literary Festival is a free event and open to students, faculty and members of the public. To guarantee seats at any of the sessions, please RSVP through the event links below.

For more information and details of each of the speakers, visit the North London Literary Festival website.


11am – 12pm
Fiction Workshop with David Cottis
David Cottis is Artistic Director of theatre company Instant Classics and a visiting lecturer in Creative Writing at Middlesex University. His fiction workshop will give attendees the chance to imagine a future world.

12pm - 1pm
How to get published with Literary Agent Carrie Plitt
Conville & Walsh agent Carrie Plitt counts literary super-heavyweights Marilynne Robinson, Virginia Woolf, and Graham Greene among her heroes. As an agent she wants to find ‘less represented’ voices – ethnic minorities, those with disabilities, those from the LGBT community.

1pm - 2pm
First Headline Speaker: Pat Cadigan
Sci-Fi author Pat Cadigan’s work has appeared in magazines such as Omni, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and she has twice won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for her novels Synners (1992) and Fools (1995).

2pm - 3.30pm
Performance of a science fiction play: James Charlton’s ‘Been On The Job Too Long’
This event takes place in TV Studio B, The Grove Building
In 1890, St. Louis Missouri, Brady was killed by Duncan in a downtown bar. Duncan killed Brady again in a London pub in the mid-1970s. He’ll do it again in Greater China late in the 21st Century. Brady’s been on the job too long. Please note: this performance contains adult language.

3.30pm - 5pm
Panel Discussion: ‘Science fiction and diversity' with Kurt Barling, Pat Cadigan, Zen Cho and Tom Hunter
Keynote speaker Pat Cadigan joins Middlesex Professor of Journalism Kurt Barling, Malaysian science fiction writer and Cyberpunk editor Zen Cho and Tom Hunter, director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction.

5pm - 6.30pm
Panel Discussion: ‘Science Fiction in the Theatre' with Patricia Tallman, Daisy Campbell and Tajinder Singh Hayer
Cult sci-fi actress Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5, Night of the Living Dead, Evil Dead III) appears alongside playwright, director and producer Daisy Campbell, and Lancaster University creative writing lecturer and playwright Tajinder Singh Hayer.

7pm - 8pm
Second Headline Speaker: Christopher Priest
Christopher Priest is perhaps best known as the writer of The Prestige, the 2006 film starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and Scarlett Johansson which was nominated for two Academy Awards. Christopher has published 13 novels and four short story collections, and his 1996 novel The Separation won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and BSFA Award.

Tribute to David Rain [02.05.1961 – 15.12.2015]
Students and staff at Middlesex University remember Creative Writing Lecturer David Rain, who tragically lost his battle with cancer in December.

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