Summer is at an end, the clouds are gathering, and the autumnal storms are rushing in . . . so what better time for a trip to the seaside?! Next Friday we're off to the wonderful and whimsically-named Fantasycon By The Sea, to join our fellow fantasy fans, authors and publishing industry types in a weekend of geekery about all things genre. We're delighted that not one but TWO Pan Macmillan authors will be Guests of Honour at the convention - congratulations to Adam Nevill and Frances Hardinge! They will be joined by Zen Cho, Liz de JagerLucy Hounsom, Adrian Tchaikovsky and our intrepid Tor editor, Bella Pagan, on a host of panels and events. Scroll onwards to find out where to catch the Tor contingent!


Friday 23rd September


It's A Kind of Magic
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel)
Magic in Fantasy Fiction – Do You Need It At All, And How Do You Use It Well?
PanelLucy Hounsom (Chair), Sue Tingey, Irene Soldatos, James Bennett, Peter Newman, Peter McLean


Reading – Adrian Tchaikovsky and Andrew Hook
10:00pm - 10:30pm
Cocktail Bar (Grand Hotel)


Saturday 24th September


Adam Nevill Interview
11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Ballroom (Grand Hotel)
Guest of Honour Interview – Adam Nevill interviewed by Mark Morris


Reading – Lucy Hounsom and James Oswald
11:30am - 12:00pm
Reading Cafe (Royal Hotel)



Bright Lights
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel)
Who Should We Be Looking Out For As Future Award Winners?
Panel:  Liz De Jager, Donna Scott, Kit Power, James Everington, Penny Reeve (Chair)


Book Launch - Alchemy Press
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Main Ballroom (Grand Hotel)
The Private Life of Elder Things – Adrian Tchaikovsky, Keris McDonald and Adam Gauntlett & Something Remains – Joel Lane and Friends



Book Launch - Great British Horror
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Harbourlights (Grand Hotel)
This Twisted Earth – Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ed. Dion Winton-Polak, Mike Chinn, Andrew Coulthard; Green and Pleasant Land: Great British Horror 1 – Jasper Bark, AK Benedict, Ray Cluley, James Everington, VH Leslie, Laura Mauro, Adam Millard, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Ed. Steve Shaw & Bodies of Water – VH Leslie



Fake ID
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Palm Court Ballroom (Grand Hotel)
How To Write for a Young Adult Audience – And How Many Adults Are Reading It?
Panel:  Frances Hardinge, Derek Landy, Marguerrite Kenner (Chair), Bradley Beaulieu


From Yesterday
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel)
The Emergence Of Historical Fantasy – Is The Past The Future?
PanelZen Cho, Jonathan Oliver (Chair), Steven Poore, Susan Bartholomew,  Jacey Bedford


The Long and Winding Road
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Palm Court Ballroom (Grand Hotel)
Why Are The Novel and The Novel Series So Dominant in Genre Fiction?
Panel:  Lucy Hounsom, Scott Lynch, Meg Davis (Chair), Sam Bradbury, Ezekiel Boone and Miles Cameron



Book Launch - Adam Nevill
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Ballroom (Grand Hotel)
Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors – Adam Nevill


Black Out The Sun
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Palm Court Ballroom (Grand Hotel)
Is Post-Apocalyptic Fiction All Out of Ideas?
Panel:  Bella Pagan, Joe Hill, James Smythe, Nina Allan, Jo Fletcher (Chair), Mike Carey


7:00pm - 9:00pm
Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel)
Presentation of the David Gemmell Legend Award (best novel), Ravenheart Award (best debut) and Morningstar Award (best cover art). We're delighted that John Gwynne's RUIN has been shortlisted for both the Legend and the Morningstar Award, and that Lucy Hounsom's STARBORN and Seth Dickinson's THE TRAITOR are shortlisted for the Morningstar Award. Good luck to all!

The awards ceremony will naturally be followed by celebratory/commiseratory  drinks in the Theatre Bar (Royal Hotel) !


Sunday 25th September


Say My Name
10:00am - 11:00m
Palm Court Ballroom (Grand Hotel)
Is Genre Relevant At All?
Panel:  Adrian Tchaikovsky, Tim Lebbon, Thomas Arnfelt, Marion Pitman, Gillian Redfearn (Chair)


Frances Hardinge Interview
11:00am - 12:00pm
Main Ballroom (Grand Hotel)
Guest of Honour Interview – Frances Hardinge interviewed by Kim Lakin-Smith


3:30pm - 5:00pm
Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel)
Prizegiving for the British Fantasy Awards. We're very excited for Zen Cho, whose SORCERER TO THE CROWN has been shortlisted for both the Best Newcomer Award and the Best Fantasy Novel Award. Naomi Novik's UPROOTED and Adrian Tchaikovsky's GUNS OF THE DAWN have also been shortlisted for Best Fantasy Novel, and Adam Nevill's LOST GIRL is on the shortlist for Best Horror Novel.