We’re delighted to welcome guest authors Christopher Priest, Gary Budden, and Aliya for an evening of readings and discussions, hosted by Dr. Helen Marshall and Marian Womack.
Christopher Priest began writing soon after leaving school and has been a full-time freelance writer since 1968. He has published fourteen novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction. In 1996 Priest won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Prestige, which later won the World Fantasy Award. His most recent novel The Gradual was published in 2016 by Gollancz (UK), and Titan Books (USA).
Gary Budden writes fiction and creative non-fiction about the intersections of British sub-culture, landscape, psychogeography, hidden history, nature, horror, weird fiction and more. A lot of it falls under the banner ‘landscape punk’. His work has appeared in Black Static, Unthology, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, The Lonely Crowd, Litro, Structo, The Quietus and many more. His story ‘Greenteeth’ was nominated for a 2017 British Fantasy Award and adapted into a short film by the filmmaker Adam Scovell. He also co-runs the indie publisher Influx Press. His debut fiction collection, Hollow Shores, is published by Dead Ink Books in October 2017. @gary_budden www.newlexicons.com
Aliya Whiteley‘s two speculative fiction novellas, The Beauty and The Arrival of Missives, were published in the UK by Unsung Stories and have been shortlisted between them for awards including the Shirley Jackson Award, the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The Beauty will be published in the US by Titan Books in January 2018. Her short fiction has appeared in publications as diverse as Strange Horizons, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Lonely Planet, the Guardian, and Interzone. She tweets most days as @AliyaWhiteley.