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Writing Science into Fiction

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Durham School

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Writing Science into Fiction

Forensics or ballistics. Climate change, surveillance or nanotechnology. How far will you go to get the science right when you write?

Join us in the Lecture Theatre at Durham School on Saturday 12 October 2019 for a day dedicated to the physics, chemistry and biology in your writing – whether you write crime, drama or intergalactic space opera, or you simply want to ground your characters in a more authentic world. Hear from authors, scientists and publishers offering industry insights and practical advice on research methods and developing the science in your work.

Take part in our live pitching session (with a difference) and receive feedback on the science behind your work from authors and scientists, learn more about the publishing process from industry professionals and hone your creative approach to real world science and technology.

Lunch and refreshments are provided and there will be plenty of opportunities for networking throughout the day.



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10.30am Registration
Pick up your event pack and network with fellow authors over tea and coffee.

11am – 12pm Getting It Right
So you’ve got an idea for your next novel, short story or script, but what about the science that underpins your work? Is it grounded in real world technology and research – and if not, is that even a problem? In this informal, interactive session, pitch the science behind your work to our panel of experts for feedback and tips on developing your narrative.

There are 5 pitching slots available - please email to book a slot.

Emma Byrne is an honest-to-goodness robot scientist who, when she’s not developing intelligent systems, writes for Forbes, the FT and Global Business Magazine. She also frequently appears on Sky News and the BBC talking about the future of artificial intelligence and robotics. Her interest in neuroscience led to her first popular science book: Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language.
@sciwriby | emmabyrne.net

Will Slocombe is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool and the Director of the Science Fiction Studies MA pathway. He is also one of the Directors of the Olaf Stapledon Centre for Speculative Futures. He is an occasional writer / poet but tends to focus on critical work, particularly in the field of science fiction. His current research project is a book on representations of Artificial Intelligence, and his current creative project is an experimental biography of a mid-c20th psychiatrist.
liverpool.ac.uk/english/staff/will-slocombe

Chaired by Rhoda Baxter, author and microbiologist.


12 - 12.15pm short tea and coffee break


12.15 – 1.15pm Meet the Publisher
Francesca T Barbini, founder of Luna Press Publishing, Sam Bradbury, Commissioning Editor at HodderScape, and Ra Page, founder of Comma Press, share their insights into publishing speculative and science fiction and offer practical advice on what makes a good submission and how authors can best work in partnership with their publisher.

Francesca T Barbini is the founder of Edinburgh based Luna Press Publishing, home of speculative fiction in fiction and academia. Originally a writer and a translator, in 2018 she won the British Fantasy Award for Best Non-Fiction.
@FTBarbini @LunaPressGlobal | lunapresspublishing.com

Sam Bradbury is a Commissioning Editor at Hodder & Stoughton, where she publishes adult and young adult speculative fiction. She previously worked for Jo Fletcher Books and the signed-first-edition retailer Goldsboro Books. She also holds a MA in Publishing and a BSc in Psychology. In her spare time, she is a nerd of many flavours, aspiring monster slayer, and proud owner of a dinosaur terrarium.
@sambradbury89 | hodderscape.com

Ra Page is the founder and CEO of Comma Press. Over the years, Comma has discovered and championed essential new voices in short fiction, including Hassan Blasim, Rania Mamoun, David Constantine, and Adam Marek. Comma has seen several commissions adapted into acclaimed British films (including 45 Years, and Possum), and has pioneered commissions through translation (including the first ever anthologies of science fiction from Palestine and Iraq) and the collaborative 'Science-into-Fiction' series.
@commapress | commapress.co.uk

1.15 – 2.15pm Lunch
Chat to fellow authors and panellists over a buffet lunch.

2.15 - 3.15pm Science and the short story
How do you respond creatively to scientific research? Does the short story form lend itself to experimenting with scientific ideas? Author Sarah Schofield discusses her research methods and involvement with publisher Comma Press’ ‘Science-into-Fiction’ series, which invites authors and research scientists to collaborate on stories around areas of technology, theory, treatment or science history.

Sarah Schofield’s stories have been published in Lemistry, Bio-Punk, Thought X, Beta Life, Spindles and Conradology (all published by Comma Press) Spilling Ink Flash Fiction Anthology, Back and Beyond Arts Publication, Litfest’s The Language of Footprints, Synaesthesia Magazine, Lakeview International Journal, Woman’s Weekly and others. She has been shortlisted on the Bridport and the Guardian Travel Writing Competition and won the Orange New Voices Prize, Writer’s Inc and The Calderdale Fiction Prize. An excerpt from her story ‘The Bactogarden’ featured on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book. Sarah is an Associate Tutor of Creative Writing at Edge Hill University and runs writing courses and workshops in a variety of community settings. She is working on her debut short story collection.
@saraheschofield

3.15 – 3.30pm Tea and coffee break
Grab a cuppa before our final session

3.30 – 4.30pm Beyond the Book
Greg Buchanan and Niel Bushnell discuss how to create stories for different media including video games and comics. Learn about the practicalities of creating original content or writing for pre-existing IP projects, and hear advice on working in partnership with other creators.

Greg Buchanan is the author of the upcoming literary thriller novel Sixteen Horses, due for publication in 2021 by Macmillan imprints Flatiron (US/Canada) and Mantle (UK/Commonwealth). Foreign language rights have been sold in 15+ territories across the world. Greg is also the writer of the acclaimed 30-hour story campaign for the video game No Man’s Sky: Atlas Rises, an additional writer for Metro: Exodus, and has worked on 20+ other indie, AAA, VR, and mobile games, including the popular Alexa sci-fi exploration game The Vortex. In 2019 he was named on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.
@gregbuchanan | gregbuchanan.co.uk

Niel Bushnell is an award-winning science-fiction and fantasy author based in the north-east of England. He has two children’s books published by Andersen Press in the UK called Sorrowline and Timesmith, and a YA novel called Altitude published by Magic Number Books. He is currently working on the sixth book in a science-fiction series for adults called The Arkship Saga. He has also worked in the creative sector for over twenty years, across film, TV, animation, online, games, advertising and publishing.
@NielBushnell | nielbushnell.com


5pm Networking drinks
Join us to share your thoughts from today over a drink at a nearby pub.

Lunch and refreshments are provided and there will be plenty of opportunities for networking throughout the day. All prices are inclusive of VAT.

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