Category Archives: Conventions

Octocon 2015 – Where I'll be

I’m delighted to say I’m going to Octocon this year. I'm also delighted to say that Emma is one of the Guests of Honour!

If you’re going and want to say hello, read on to find out where I’ll be and how you can win a copy of The Vagrant.

Saturday 10th October

12pm Writing RPGs – Roll 20 for Intrigue (With: Gareth Kavanagh, Matty Mc Mahon, Ian Paul Power, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Emma Newman, Peter Newman)

We have gathered various kinds of game writers to talk about the challenges of having an audience inside the story as you are writing it.

1pm Getting Unstuck (Workshop)

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.

3pm Has Storytelling in Computer Games Stagnated? (With: Leeann Hamilton, Gerry McEvoy, Rob  McGregor, Peter Newman, Maura McHugh)

With the video game markets dominated by perennial releases are we looking into a bleak future for storytelling in video games?

4pm Aural Fiction (With: Peadar Ó Guilín, Dave Ferguson, Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Roger Gregg)

We have seen a return to listening to stories, having a story told to you is a delight which stretches back to when we first huddled together by the fire. We are now in a world where audio books are released the same day as ebooks and physical copies.

6pm Tea and Jeopardy Live Show!

C.E. Murphy comes to visit Emma in the Tea Lair. Expect tea, cake and mild peril!

Sunday 11th October

4pm Readings (With: Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Ruth F. Long)

Competition time!

If you’re going to Octocon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*

*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of one of my panels.

Bristolcon 2015 – Where I'll be

It’s that time again! Read on for my schedule and the chance to win a copy of The Vagrant.

This is going to be my third Bristolcon and, for those of you who don’t know, it’s a small but perfectly formed convention where you can get from panel to bar and back again within sixty seconds.

Here’s where I’ll be:

Breakout Room

9:15 – Open Arms Session – An introduction to the Convention

If this is your first convention or even if you’re just new to BristolCon, come along to a friendly meet and greet and share a hot beverage with some of the staff, panellists and other punters.

Programme Room 1

10:50-10:55 – Reading

17:00 – 17:45 – Bad-ass with a Baby Lor Graham (Mod), Amanda Kear (Doctor Bob), Jasper Fforde, Peter Newman and Stephanie Saulter

It’s still fairly rare to see depictions of parenting in SF&F. If a character has a child, does that mean they’re no longer allowed to be a bad-ass? And how difficult is it to juggle childcare and saving the universe?

The Snug

18:00 – 18:45 – Getting Unstuck (Workshop)

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.

You can sign up in advance for this one and if they run out of slots, don’t worry! Bristolcon keeps back five spaces for the day.

Competition time!

If you’re going to Bristolcon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*

*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of my panel.

Nine Worlds 2015 & Fantasy in the Court: Where I'll be

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I’m attending Nine Worlds again this year and I’ll also be at Fantasy in the Court, read on for details for what I’m doing and a chance to win a signed hardback of The Vagrant.

 

 

Fantasy in the Court – Thursday 6th August (6pm-9pm)

Hosted by Goldsboro books and Hodderscape, it’s packed to the gills with fabulous and mostly friendly fantasy and science fiction authors. It’s also our tenth wedding anniversary so Emma and I will be planning to make merry!

Further details are on the Goldsboro website.

 

Nine Worlds Geekfest

For those who don’t know, it’s a super inclusive celebration of all things geeky and I thoroughly enjoyed the last two times I went. It's well worth a look at their website for further details. Here’s where to find me:

Friday 7th August

You’re in our world now – The invention of myths for a modern audience.* Country C&D, 11.45am – 1.00pm

Newbie Meetup. Country A, 1.30pm – 2.45pm

If you’re new to Nine Worlds, come along and have a cup of tea with me and Em. Chat, ask all your questions, meet other people who have no idea what’s going on! I guarantee by the time you’ve finished, you’ll feel right as rain.

Saturday 8th August

Newbie Meetup. Commonwealth East, 1.30pm – 2.45pm

See above.

New Voices. Royal C&D, 10.15pm – 11.30pm

I’ll be joining some other late night warriors to do a short reading from something new and never before heard by mortal ears.

Sunday 9th August

TV vs Books vs Comics vs Games: FIGHT!** Commonwealth West, 11.45am – 1.00pm

Competition time!

If you’re going to Nine Worlds and want to win a signed hardback of The Vagrant all you have to do is go attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!***

 

 

*In which I’ll mostly be agreeing with everything Joanne Harris says

**I’ll be championing books.

***Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of one of my panels.

SRFC, Dysprosium, Grim Gathering, The Vagrant Launch and some unexpected art

Thanks to Pen Astridge for this Nendo version of The Vagrant

Thanks to Pen Astridge for this Nendo version of The Vagrant

The Vagrant is coming out very soon now! This means I’ll be all over the place both physically and mentally. If you’re about for any of the following events I’d love to see you.

 

Tuesday 31st March: Super Relaxed Fantasy Club

I’ll be doing a reading with the splendid Francesca Haig, answering questions and being generally sociable*. Details for the event here.

 

Thursday 2nd April – Monday 6th April: Dysprosium

I’m doing a panel on Friday at 15.00 called How to Find an Agent (with the excellent Aliette de Bodard, Gareth Powell and Gillian Redfearn) in the Endeavour room.

Unfortunately they weren’t able to find space on the programme for my workshop but if anyone who is attending the convention would like me to run it unofficially in the bar for them, leave a comment and I’ll get in touch with you to arrange a meeting. It works as a one to one or as a group session so it’s cool to sign up in pairs, groups or to go Lone Wolf. Description below.

Getting Unstuck workshop with Peter Newman

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 and a problem I’ll try to help you move forward with it.

If this sounds like something useful to you and you’re going to Dysprosium, get in touch!

Friday 10th April: Grim Gathering

I’ll be at Waterstones Bristol with Joe Abercrombie, Peter V Brett, Mark Lawrence and the fabulous Fantasy Faction crew. There’s a panel, signing and social afterwards. Details for the event here.

Thursday 23rd April: The Vagrant launch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This will be at Forbidden Planet in London at 6.30. There will be books, cake, and optional hugs. Details here.

Thursday 30th April: Signing with Emma Newman at Forbidden Planet Bristol.

More hugs! More books! And Emma! What more could you ask for?** Details here.

*drunk

**Don’t answer that

Pete's 2014

2014 has been an odd year. There have been several bereavements, quite a bit of time doing hospital visits, several members of the family getting bad news and a load of stress in my general vicinity.

Personally though, I’ve been fine.

And the year was not without its highlights. Here’s a few of them:

 

The other joy was getting to meet so many new people at conventions and see familiar faces. This year has also seen a deepening of one or two relationships into really good new friendships, something I find increasingly rare as I get older.

 

*This is literally one of the BEST THINGS EVER.

 

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!

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

Pete's FantasyCon 2014

Last weekend we went to FantasyCon in York for fun and frolics.

York is a long way away*. Luckily Emma and I shared the journey there and back with Joanne Hall who came prepared with chocolate éclairs to get us through the dark times…

We arrived a day early which meant we were able to enjoy a little of the city, including the splendid Ghost Tour, which is run by a very dapper gentleman with top hat, cane and gorgeous voice who also happens to be the father of one Alasdair Stewart.

My, what a high ceiling this  room has.

My, what a high ceiling this room has.

Friday saw me doing a reading and moderating a podcasting panel with the lovely Stephen Aryan, Alasdair Stewart and Emma Newman. It was the first time Em and I were on a panel together and I’m happy to report that both dignity and marriage survived the encounter intact.

 

Lee Harris takes his duties as con organiser very seriously...

Lee Harris takes his duties as con organiser very seriously…

 

There was also Karaoke which featured more than its fair share of amazing performers**. Probably the less said about my involvement the better…

 

This picture is ripe for a caption competition.

This picture is ripe for a caption competition.

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday night was the first ever live Tea and Jeopardy show which I couldn’t have been happier with. Emma was amazing, Toby Whithouse (our guest) was a really good sport and the audience, well, they were simply splendid. Special thanks to Marguerite Kenner and the Redshirts who looked after us so well that night.***

 

 

 

Photos by the amazing Annie Catling

Photos by the amazing Annie Catling

 

Latimer also did the scoring for Just a Minute, hosted by Paul Cornell and featuring Kate Elliott, Stephen Gallagher, Gillian Redfearn and Frances Hardinge. They were absolutely brilliant.

 

And for the first time I got to attend Super Relaxed Fantasy Club! Despite the late hour it was packed with lovely people. Well done to the SRFC grand wizards Den Patrick and Jen Williams for organising and to those who read for our pleasure: Laura Lam, Edward Cox (whose new book The Relic Guild is out VERY soon!), Niel Bushnell and Emma Newman.

Sunday there was just time to see a couple of panels before going to the awards banquet and ceremony. I had a thoroughly good time at the former and thought that Paul Cornell did an excellent job of running the ceremony despite technical support that was so bad it was bordering on comic. Big congrats to all the 2014 winners!

In summary it was a great con****.

 

*About 240+ miles or 5 hours in a car.

**Juliet Mushens and Andrew Reid, I’m looking at you.

***And throughout the con. The Redshirts were amazing.

****There’s so much I haven’t said. Panels, readings, and Charlaine Harris’ voice! I could listen to her all day.

 

Where I'll be at FantasyCon 2014

And, as if by magic, the FantasyCon schedule has arrived! Here’s where I’ll be:

Friday 5th September

6.00pm – Reading

7.00pm – Podcasting for beginners
What makes a really good podcast? Which are the ones you should be listening to? How can you make your own?
Peter Newman (m), Alasdair Stuart, Emma Newman, Jennifer Williams, Stephen Aryan

 

Saturday 6th September

7.00pm – Tea and Jeopardy with Toby Whithouse
Join the Hugo-shortlisted podcast team of Emma Newman and her butler Latimer, as they grill Guest of Honour, Toby Whithouse. Warning: Contains mild peril!
Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Toby Whithouse

I also hear rumours that Latimer is going to be here (as scorer):

8.00pm – Just a Minute
Our resident quizmaster, Paul Cornell, hosts this classic panel gameshow.

 

I’m going to be attending the banquet and awards ceremony on the Sunday as Emma is nominated for two British Fantasy Awards! I’m also quite fond of banquets.