Live Events: October

These days, it's not unusual to see writers out and about in the real world, reading from their work, signing, and generally promoting what they do. It's become an inevitable part of the modern publishing deal. These 'tours' are usually tied to a book release - but I've decided to buck the trend, by having an unreasonably busy October without actually having a book to promote. Go figure.

Here are the events I'll be appearing at this month. Please drop by and say hello, buy me pint, give me some homemade knitwear, present me with figurines you'd made of me out of your own earwax, etc. All are welcome (except for the earwax sculptors... you can stay at home).

Thursday 16 October - Litro Book Club event w/ Marc Pastor
Shutterbug, 1 Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA. Doors open 6.30pm.

Marc Pastor will be reading from Barcelona Shadows, after which I'll be interviewing him on the book and its themes. There will also be a chance for audience questions, and Marc will be signing copies once the discussion ends. The evening will also include live music and will close with a DJ set from Miguel Colectivo of Colectivo Futuro. Free and unticketed, but please RSVP here.

Sunday 19 October - Dragon's Pen Pitching Panel at SCARdiff 2014
Cardiff Masonic Hall, 12 noon.

Your chance to pitch to a panel of industry insiders at the Cardiff horror convention. I'll be joining Adam Nevill, Scott Harrison and Christopher Teague on the panel bench; you get to pitch your novel (or short story), and we'll give you the best feedback and advice we can offer. As the event takes place during SCARdiff 2014, you'll need a ticket to the convention - but at £6.66 it's a steal. See here for further details, and details of how to get into the Dragon's Pen.

Monday 27 October - Listen Softly London
The Crown, 108 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8HW. Doors open 7.30pm.

Listen Softly London is being taken over by mythical creatures this October, as Gary from Leeds brings his critically acclaimed show, Yeti, to the London stage. I'll be joining Gary as part of an evening of live readings and performances, reading from my weirdly Lynchian horror story 'Among the Pines'. The evening also includes readings by Litro contributors Reece Choules and Iain Robinson, and storyteller Ceri-May. See here for more details.