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April 21, 2011

The Spring edition of the BSFA critical journal is the first to be edited by Shana Worthen and has features from Terry Martin, Anthony Nanson, Andy Sawyer and Stephen Baxter; and summations of 2010 from Martin Lewis, Graham Andrews, Mark Connorton, Gary Dalkin, Alan Fraser, Niall Harrison, David Hebblethwaite, Tony Keen, Paul Kincaid, Jonathan McCalmont, Martin McGrath, Anthony Nanson, Martin Pots, Paul Graham Raven, Martyn Taylor, Sandra Underman, Anne Wilson, Ian Sales, Lynne Bispham, Alison Page and me. Jonathan McCalmont, in his review of 2010, says, “As with Interzone, the quality of non-fiction in Black Static is really superlative”. In fairness it should probably be pointed out that he does write some of the non-fiction in Interzone.

There are also lots of reviews, including Dave M. Roberts’s review of Music For Another World. He says that “This is a nicely varied theme anthology […] also manages to maintain a fairly high standard throughout. On the strength of this collection, it is to be hoped that Mark Harding’s project with Mutation Press is a successful one.”  and picks out the stories by Cyril Symsa, Gavin Inglis, Aliette de Bodard, Chris Amies, Jackie Hawkins, David K. Hendrickson and Vincent Lauzon for special mention. He also says that “My own personal favourite is probably Shostakovich Ensemble, The by Jim Steel. […] The picture painted of the time is remarkably vivid”.

This BSFA mailing also comes with Focus 56 which includes articles on writing by Martin McGrath, Nina Allan, Terry Jackman, Aliette de Bodard, Elliot Summerhayes, Christopher Priest, Dev Argarwal, Gareth L. Powell, Gareth D. Jones and Gary Budgen. There is also poetry from Fay Symes, John F. Keane, K. Potter and Scott E. Green.

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British Fantasy Society Journal Spring 2011

April 5, 2011
Artwork by Daniele Serra

 

Out now from the BFS and edited by Peter Coleborn, Andrew Hook, Ian Hunter, David A. Riley, Chrisopher Teague, Craig Lockley, Mathew F. Riley and Jay Eales. Fiction and poetry from Darren J. Guest, Sam Verrall, Terry Grimwood, William H. Wandless, C.E. Hyun, Allen Ashley, Mike Chinn, Rebbecca Anne Renner, Sarah Doyle, Stephen Bacon, Scott E. Green, Sam Stone, Stuart Hughes, Murray Ewing and me (Doctor Dark); non-fiction from Mike Barret, Ramsey Campbell, John Llewellyn Probert, Mark Morris, Rod Rees, Lou Morgan and others; artwork from Daniele Serra and David Bezzina.

It includes another favourable review of Music for another World, this time from Mario Guslandi. He says the standouts are from Jill Zeller (“delightful”) and Susan Lanigan (“masterful”) and also singles out the stories by Cyril Simsa (“delightful”), Vincent Lauzon (“a nice fantasy”), Andrew Hook and Gavin Inglis.

Music For Another World Tour: Glasgow

January 19, 2011

The Music For Another World world tour pulls into Glasgow on 10th February. The gig is at the Universal Bar at 7.30pm. Expect music and readings from Sean Martin, Neil Williamson, Markee de Saw, Bert Finkle, me and (probably) Gavin Inglis. MC Harding will keep things jumping.


Readings

October 16, 2010

The Music For Another World launch in Edinburgh went well. I didn’t fall on my face and the rest of the readers (Gavin Inglis, Sean Martin and Neil Williamson) were excellent which is as good as it gets in my opinion. Markee de Saw and Bert Finkle provided some wonderful music: see here, here, here and here.

See you in Glasgow for the next stage of the world tour?


Word Dogs VI

November 29, 2008

Word Dogs VI is taking place in the 13th Note Cafe, 50-60 King Street, Glasgow on Wednesday 3rd December from 8pm.  It’s being compered by Michael Collins and will feature Duncan Lunan, Gavin Inglis, Richard Mosses, Ian Hunter, Philip Raines and Kevin McCabe.

It’s only £2, and you haven’t lived until you’ve experienced a Gavin Inglis story.  Two poond!  Most places won’t even sell you a pint for that these days.