Author Archives: Peter Newman

Unexpected ARC arrival coherence lose causes Pete to

I can't show you the cover yet, but here's it's beautifully formed back and spine.

I can't show you the cover yet, but here's it's beautifully formed back and spine.

I had to stay in today because I’m waiting for a delivery. It hasn't arrived yet* but, in a rather unexpected surprise, my ARC’s** for The Vagrant have!

The time immediately following that was a little fuzzy but I'm back now.

Here’s a picture to celebrate!

 

 

 

*Grrr!

***Advance Review Copies

BFI Voyager Post

Last weekend the BFI and Harper Voyager did a rather marvellous weekend of science fiction brilliance, spread across twitter, facebook and various blogs. It’s well worth checking out the Harper Voyager blog if you missed it.

There’s also a little post from me there on the theme of contact.

Stay awhile, and listen…

 

 

 

Back in August, I did a reading at Nine World for their New Voices slot and was accosted shortly afterwards by the lovely Magueritte Kenner who asked me if I’d like to do some narration for Cast of Wonders.

I said yes (otherwise this would be a fairly redundant post) and now my first bit of audio narration is up!

If you’ve never come across Cast of Wonders before, it describes itself as: “The Young Adult Podcast featuring tales of the fantastic”. The story I’m narrating is called: Tell Them of the Sky. It’s written by A.T. Greenblatt.

Here’s the link.

Enjoy!

Tea and Jeopardy 28 – A chat with Juliet Mushens

teaandjeopardy_300The latest Tea and Jeopardy is now up! This week the best Literary Agent in the world ever aka Juliet Mushens, visits the Tea Lair to talk Buffy, books and the merits of leopard print.

You can listen to it here.

 

 

If you’re interested in supporting Tea and Jeopardy and would like to join the Order of the Sacred Teacup, our Patreon page is here.

If you’d like to catch up on old episodes, there’s a full index here.

Enjoy!

Pseudopod puts on its Halloween Shorts!

*And she used this delightful picture to do it too. Still just as scary as it was in 2011.

A few years ago the marvellous Jen Williams started a tradition called Halloween shorts*, inviting various writers to contribute short, spooky stories once a year.

This year, Andrew Reid has taken on the job and gathered a mix of the scary and weird for your pleasure. It includes:

The Day The Words Took Shape by Francesca Haig

Juggernaut Revisited by Lou Morgan

The Anniversary by Den Patrick

Kraken Rising by Andrew Reid

Party at the Witch House by Richard Kellum

The Lake by the mysterious and elusive Severity Chase

The Biggest Candle of Them All by Peter Newman

And there’s more! This year the stories come in audio form**, courtesy of Alasdair Stuart and the Pseudopod team.

You can listen to them all here.

Enjoy!

 

**Featuring the voice talents of: Alasdair Stewart, Wilson Fowlie, Dave Robison, Rikki La Coste, Siobhan Gallichan and Graeme Dunlop

Lovely BristolCon 2014

Some people have watched too much Monty Python. (Photo by Annie Catling)

Some people have watched too much Monty Python. (Photo by Annie Catling)

 

Ah, lovely BristolCon. People often comment that it’s small but perfectly formed (which is true) but it should be pointed out that it’s also very well run. And let’s not forget that there’s free tea, coffee and water for everyone ALL DAY. How civilised is that!

 

I did my first BristolCon last year and remember that at the time I had just gone out on submission so it was really striking to actually be involved in the programme this year.

My first ever workshop on Getting Unstuck (for writers) was fully booked and went really well. Thanks to all those who turned up* and best of luck with your projects!

Not everyone who came to my reading was as well dressed as the person on the left.(Photo by Dave Bradley)

Not everyone who came to my reading was as well dressed as the person on the left.(Photo by Dave Bradley)

Was also lovely to see so many newcomers at the con. I hope they all enjoyed their day. It was particularly gratifying to see people who had come to our panel on Interactions being brave later in the day.

I’m often proud of Emma but it was especially brilliant to see her being guest of honour (and kudos to Gareth Powell for running such a good interview).

Good to see old friends too. Massive thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make the convention a success. I’ll be definitely going back next year, hope to see you there!

 

Zen and the art of chips with Anne Lyle. (Photo by Annie Catling)

Zen and the art of chips with Anne Lyle. (Photo by Annie Catling)

 

*I'd love to know if you were able to move forward with your WIP's. Come find me on twitter and let me know. I'm runpetewrite there.

 

 

Tea and Jeopardy Special – A (live!) chat with Toby Whithouse

teaandjeopardy_300Back at the start of September we did our first ever live Tea and Jeopardy show at FantasyCon in York. Toby Whithouse was the guest and got to talk about acting, sharks, script writing, zombies, tea and the benefits of ladders.

Please bear in mind that the show was aimed for the live audience (who were absolutely fantastic btw). So the picture quality is not perfect and you may have to turn up the volume to hear us.

If you’re interested in supporting Tea and Jeopardy and would like to join the Order of the Sacred Teacup, our Patreon page is here.

If you’d like to catch up on old episodes, there’s a full index here.

Enjoy!

Good things: Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

18th Feb Assassins Apprentice PB inddHere’s my spoiler-free, part review, part enthuse about Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb:

I’m a little late to this party as the book came out in 1995 but in this case, better late than never is certainly true.

It’s good.  Really good. Imagine your favourite superlatives and ladle them liberally onto this book. Repeat until thoroughly excited.

Assassin’s Apprentice is quite simply one of the best fantasy books I’ve ever read. It’s beautifully written, accessible, character driven, nuanced, with a world that makes sense, full of twists and turns.

A word of warning: heart strings are pulled without mercy and things are not always easy for our protagonist so don’t pick this up when you want mindless fun or back to back silly fights.

I’ll definitely be reading the sequel(s) but I’m deliberately going to wait before I do to savour the anticipation.

If you haven’t already, read it!

Pete's BristolCon 2014 Schedule

If you’d like to come see me during BristolCon (or if you want to know where to avoid) this is where I’ll be:

12.00 – 12.45: Interactions. Conventions like Bristolcon are a great place to meet and chat with people you might previously have only been fans of, but sometimes that can be nerve-racking. Our panellists are here to convince you that writers are (often shy) people too, and we’re all fans of somebody! (Programme Room 2)

with John Baverstock (Mod), Claire M Hutt, Jaine Fenn, Peter Newman, David Gullen

12.50 – 12.55: Reading (Programme Room 2)

16.00 – 16.45: Getting Unstuck. A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or established, at chapter 1 or 100: so long as you have a project you can bring to the group, we can try to help you move forward with it. (Summit 1)

I’m particularly excited about this one but be warned it’s limited to 9 people. 5 places can be booked in advance by emailing programme [at] bristolcon.org. The other 4 are booked on the day. First come, first served!

18.00 – Writing Non-Human Characters. What are the challenges in writing aliens, robots, fairies and other non-human characters in F&SF? How do you get inside their heads and make them convincing? (Programme Room 1)

with Peter Newman (Mod), Cavan Scott, Pete Sutton, Amanda Kear (Dr Bob), Kim Lakin-Smith

Goodbye Kate

Kate was frightening good at a large number of things, from dressmaking to web design, from tango to medieval history, from psychology to roleplaying. She made a damn good roast too.

Whatever she turned herself to was spectacular, even if that was being late to things. I’ve never been so frustrated and so awed by one person and suspect I never will again.

Kate touched my life in a number of ways. She was the Maid of Honour at our wedding, an enthusiastic supporter of my writing (she also set up this website) and was an essential part of Emma’s life.

I know she struggled with anxiety and depression, with food, and often with the outside world. Yet despite that she achieved amazing things and touched a lot of lives deeply.

When I think of Kate, I remember her playing the perfect Fiona in an Amber live roleplaying game. I remember how epic she was running the Split Worlds live game at Nine Worlds 2013. I remember the mischief in her eye when Emma would finish reading to her and she would beg for ‘just one more chapter’. And I remember her hugs. She gave great hugs.

Goodbye Kate.

From left to right: Phil Tozer, Andrew Munro, Kate Harding, Me, Emma Newman, Daniel Singer, Amanda Henriques, Matt O'Connell

From left to right: Phil Tozer, Andrew Munro, Kate Harding, Peter Newman, Emma Newman, Daniel Singer, Amanda Henriques, Matt O'Connell