Black Library Celebration 2020

Tomorrow (29th February) is the Black Library Celebration for 2020, a global event geared towards celebrating the stories that Black Library produce in the worlds of Warhammer.

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I’ve always struggled to articulate just how much Black Library means to me. For a start the worlds of Warhammer and the stories and novels the authors wrote helped me through a dark time when I was a teenager, when I first fell ill with ME/CFS and spent three years going through tests and diagnosis. It was a difficult time for a formally very active and sporty teenager. But I found reading. The Black Library novels I read, the likes of Xenos and First and Only, helped me to discover the joy of reading for the first time in my life (I’d hated everything I’d been given at school, despite getting good grades in English Literature), not to mention proving a healthy dose of escapism, and a realisation that no matter how bad things were, they were never as bad as the 41st Millennium!

So naturally I was very excited and honoured when the manager of my local Warhammer shop here in Liverpool invited me to come in and sign some books and talk to people during the Black Library Celebration in store!

This is because the Warhammer Age of Sigmar anthology Oaths and Conquests is coming out and it contains the story Ashes of Grimnir by yours truly. (You can purchase the story here if digital is your bag.)

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I’ll be in store between 11.00 and 12.00 is you are in the area. You can find out more about it here.

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It’s a huge privilege and honour to be given a chance to write for Black Library and an absolute dream come true. When I made the decision I wanted to be a writer (although I suspect I was always destined to write), my number one goal was to get a chance to add to the worlds of Warhammer because of what they mean to me.

Near and Far SF Competition Winner!

The Kate Nash Literary Agency held a competition in November for science fiction writers writing grounded science fiction. The competition invited people to submit the first 3,000 words of their novel as well as a synopsis to be assessed by the agency.

I submitted the SF novel that I have been writing for my PhD and guess what?

I won!

It’s an absolutely amazing feeling that after all that hard work I was chosen as the winner of the competition from amongst the many entries they no doubt received.

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More information about the competition can be found here: https://katenashlit.co.uk/sf-comp/