Stoked to be talking at the Bradford Literature Festival again on Sunday 30 June. Talking Worlds Within Words with John Connolly in the John Stanley Bell (JSB) Lecture Theatre and revisiting The Big Book of Cyberpunk with editor Jared Shurin and fellow cyberpunky contributor EJ Swift in The Small Hall, at the University of Bradford. Events are ticketed, do make sure you get your tickets ahead of the talk.

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“our authors will reveal their secrets for creating immersive scene settings and worlds”

Via Bradford Literature Festival:

Worlds Within Words

Sunday, 30 June 2024 | 10:30 – 11:30
John Stanley Bell (JSB) Lecture Theatre, The University of Bradford, BD7 1DP

Conveying a strong sense of place is vital for a reader to know where they are, when they are, what’s going on in the wider written world and why. Whether you’re a writer yourself or you just enjoy being immersed in a good book, our authors will reveal their secrets for creating immersive scene settings and worlds.

We’ve brought together Lauren Beukes, author of bestselling novel, The Shining Girls, whose work straddles the speculative and literary, and celebrated crime author John Connolly, best known for his PI Charlie Parker series, to share their best tips and tricks to convey authenticity.

Join us to learn how acclaimed writers bring stories vividly to life, ensuring readers are fully engaged and invested in the narrative.

The Big Book Of Cyberpunk

Sunday, 30 June 2024 | 16:45 – 17:45
The Small Hall , University of Bradford, BD7 1DP

Jared Shurin, award-winning anthologist and editor of The Big Book of Cyberpunk, is joined by two of the book’s contributing writers, Lauren Beukes and EJ Swift.

Cyberpunk fiction offers space for imaginative storytelling to discuss and even predict the future. Since the 1980s, the genre has posited questions and scenarios that examine virtual reality, cybernetics and AI, and their effect upon ordinary lives, communities and culture – realities we are now facing today.

Join us for a lively discussion about the role speculative fiction can play as we reimagine the world around us and how cyberpunk can help us shape the world of tomorrow.