Bristolcon 2017

For those of you who don't know Bristolcon is a small but perfectly formed SFF convention that is always warm, smoothly run, and is so civilised it has free tea and coffee and water available for everyone all day! It's on Saturday the 28th October, and if you're in the area, it's well worth a look.

Here's what I'm doing :

9.30 (The Brickout* room)
My First Con. 
New to conventions? Theo Graham and I are on hand to answer questions, give advice and generally help you get the most out of your day.

11.00 (Room 1)
Guest of honour interview – Jen Williams. Come join me in celebrating the awesomeness that is Jen. This is going to be an interactive session where the audience will get the chance to show how much they know about the GoH. Swearing likely.

12.00 (Room 2)
She Infodumped Me
Tabletop roleplayers complain about games which have pages and pages of lore and history, aka: several centuries of stuff happened, which you and the other characters weren’t involved with. How do authors and game designers balance creating a complex realistic world with the need to avoid information overload in the reader?

Juliet E McKenna (M), Jacey Bedford, Peter Newman, Ellen Crosháin, Dyrk Ashton

2.00 (Snug)
Getting Unstuck Workshop
Getting Unstuck: A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.

(There are signups online and at the desk on the day)

The full programme is here.

 

*I'm not sure what a brickout room is for, but it sounds interesting.

Tea and Jeopardy 69 – Ken Liu visits the tea lair

In this episode, the amazing, multiple award winning author, Ken Liu, visits Emma in the tea lair. We nerd out on linguistics and its intersectional with culture and cultural supremacy, discuss how to manage the mental aspects of the writing life and the weirdness of cruise ships, amongst other topics.

Click here to listen to the episode.

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

Rikon 2017

*Emma was the guest of honour

I got to go to Rikon this year as the Guest of Dishonour* and had the best time.

Seriously. Croatian fandom is a beautiful thing. A bit like a large extended family, where everyone seems to know each other and are accepting of each other, warts and all. The same easy, fun, vibe seemed to permeate the convention itself.

 

 

 

There were some great vendors too, and while we may have spent too much money, we regret nothing! Special mention to Živko Kondić. If you like cool SFF artwork, his site is well worth a look.

Happy to have survived! (Igor, Tamara, Me and Emma)

 

As well as talks and presentations, there's quite a focus on quizzes, LARP, and games, and this year I got to have my first escape room experience in the Murder Tent! We had an extra level of difficulty as the clues were in Croatian and had to be translated by our fellow team members but we made it in the very last minute!

This was the view from our hotel. 😀

 

 

 

I strongly recommend you go if you get the chance. Rijeka is by the sea and is small enough that it's easy to walk to most places. It also features:

  • Beautiful views
  • Many places that serve great coffee
  • Excellent sea food
  • A gluten free bakery!
  • Medica (Booze with honey is the best booze)

 

 

But more than any of this, the thing that makes me want to go back is the feeling that I've made some new friends, and I'm already missing them.

 

I'm writing for Wild Cards!

In case you missed it, I'm going to be writing a story set in the Wild Cards universe for their new book called: KNAVES OVER QUEENS.

The book is set in the UK and features stories that run from 1946 to the present day.

For those of you who don't know, Wild Cards is a super hero universe which has been running since forever* and has twenty six volumes published at present (find out more here). It's masterminded by George R.R.** Martin and Melinda Snodgrass, and has had a whole constellation of fab writers contributing to it over the years.

There's a full announcement about it on George's Livejournal.

Alas, there is no official publication date yet but it'll be brought to you by Tor in the US and Harper Voyager in the UK.

It'll also be the first book published to contain stories written by me and Emma!💖💖💖💖 The full list of contributors to KNAVES OVER QUEENS is below, check them out:

Kevin Andrew Murphy
Peadar O Guilin
Caroline Spector
Paul Cornell
Charles Stross
Marko Kloos
Peter Newman
Melinda M. Snodgrass
Emma Newman
Mark Lawrence

 

 

*1987

**Really Really

 

Tea and Jeopardy roundup – Hugos, live shows and big names!

If you keep up to date with Tea and Jeopardy using my blog, you have my sympathy! A combination of being away, technical issues and other distractions mean there's a lot to catch up on.

In episode 66 we went to the North Pole and had the fabulous Maurice Broaddus over for tea and cake.

In episode 67 we went to Doll Island with the delightful Sarah Day.

Last month we went to Helsinki for WorldCon 75 and did a special live show with George R(eally) R(eally) Martin! (Click here to see the video)

AND WE ALSO WON THE HUGO FOR BEST FANCAST 😀

Chicken faces! (Photo by Sanna Pudas more photos available here)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And we celebrated in episode 68.

Enjoy!

Tea and Jeopardy 65 – Robin Hobb visits the tea lair

In this episode, the legendary author, Robin Hobb, visits Emma in the tea lair. We discuss the joy of jigsaw puzzles, how starting out as an author now has changed from when Robin started out and how book production techniques changed fantasy books.

Click here to listen to the episode on Geek Planet Online.

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

Tea and Jeopardy 64 – Dave Hutchinson visits the tea lair

In this episode, the splendid author, Dave Hutchinson, visits Emma in the tea lair. We discuss watching the West Wing in the time of Trump, surviving Clarke Award nominations, and writing near future SF.

Click here to listen to the episode on Geek Planet Online.

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

Tea and Jeopardy 63 – Jen Williams visits the tea lair

In this episode, the utterly brilliant author, Jen Williams, visits Emma in the tea lair. They discuss fantasy tropes, Moomins, art college and Jen’s obsession with notebooks.

Click here to listen to the episode on Geek Planet Online.

 

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

The Seven is launched!

I had a great night! Cupcakes were eaten, wine was drunk, and books were signed. THE SEVEN is now officially launched. Massive thanks to everyone who came and made it such a lovely event. Thanks also to Juliet Mushens for ably hosting, Felicity Denham for organising, Waterstones Piccadilly for looking after us, and Victoria's Kitchen for the fantastic cupcakes.

You can't see them in this picture, but Juliet's shoes were excellent.

No cupcake was left uneaten.

Waterstones did a top job with the displays.

I also managed to get to the fabulous Goldsboro Books to sign the special edition and a few extra copies.

And, the first reviews are in!

'With The Seven, Peter Newman brings the Vagrant's story to a triumphant close.' – A Fantastical Librarian

'All in all, The Seven is the perfect ending in a series that doesn't only stand out, but may as well be the starting point in a new trope of fantasy.' – BookNest

'It’s no mean feat for the ending of a trilogy to make you want to buy the first book all over again.' – Fantasy Faction

'There’s some absolutely storming battle scenes, kinetically, gracefully, bloodily and uncompromisingly written. There’s scenes of love and affection to warm the heart, and some betrayals which threaten to break it.  This is a story of a world being brought together, and of different visions for the way that world will rebuild. It’s complicated, captivating stuff – but Newman’s liquid prose makes it a great read.' – Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

'This book is not going down without a fight (well a few) and I was wolfing them up.' – Dark-Readers

'…its bold, intelligent and creative fiction with a great story and even greater cast – absolutely fantastic.' – SF Book

'… I dare any reader to not enjoy and not be utterly drawn in by his world and the people who inhabit it.' – Parmenion Books

For those of you wondering, I did manage to eat one myself. Dignity was a small price to pay. Lovely!

The Seven launch details

Cover by Jaime Jones

THE SEVEN is launching on the 20th April at Waterstones Piccadilly at 7pm. The event is ticketed and if you book in advance then you make me feel 100% less worried that nobody will come (it also helps the store to know numbers in advance).

The event is going to be chaired by my wonderful agent, Juliet Mushens. There'll be a Q&A, signing, and then leisurely drinks and chat afterwards.

 

 

Tickets cost £8 (£6 to Waterstones card holders) and the price of the ticket is redeemable against the cost of the book. Tickets also get you:

  • A drink
  • An edible cupcake version of the book
  • A doodle in your normal copy of the book*
  • A hug from me*

You can book tickets in store, through the website or by calling: 02078512400

Hope to see you there!

 

*Optional