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Bristolcon Fringe: March 2014 - Q&A

April 7th, 2014 · Comments

Scott Lewis and Roz Clarke kindly stuck around for the regular interrogation session, which this month turned into a discussion of novel writing technique. We learn about the problems of second chapters, and the usefulness or lack thereof of outlining. Kevlin Henney shocked everyone by mentioning the F-word: "finish".

BristolCon Fringe is a monthly reading series produced by the BristolCon Foundation. For details of future events, see our website.

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Bristolcon Fringe: March 2014 - Roz Clarke

April 7th, 2014 · Comments

Our final reader for March was Roz Clarke. She divides her time between Bristol and London, and has recently completed a 2-year stint of corporate problem-solving, leaving her to focus fully on the important things in life: writing, gaming, the impending apocalypse, and bicycles. She is a graduate of Clarion West, and has had short fiction published in magazines including Black Static, as well as the Dark Spires anthology and Andy Bigwood’s The Sixty. With Joanan halls she edited Colinthology and Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion. She’s also a member of the BristolCon team. You can find her at www.firefew.com or on Twitter: @zora_db.

Roz also read a chapter from a novel in progress. As we reveal later in the Q&A, it is set in an alternate world version of Bristol.

BristolCon Fringe is a monthly reading series produced by the BristolCon Foundation. For details of future events, see our website.

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Bristolcon Fringe: March 2014 - Scott Lewis

April 7th, 2014 · Comments

Our second reading for February was from Scott Lewis. Scott is a Bristol-based journalist, writer, photographer and casual adventurer who has only recently started dabbling in fiction, and will eventually manage his time sufficiently enough to get his first novel finished. Until then he intends to amuse himself by writing more short stories, chronic procrastination, rummaging around old book stores and libraries for obscure myths, legends, and folklore, and gallivanting off to far-flung parts of the world on ‘research trips’.

Scott read the first chapter of the aforementioned novel, which involves a gunfight in a brothel and a rickshaw chase. Please note that in the Q&A at the end of the evening Scott makes it clear that Dash is by no means the hero of the novel.

BristolCon Fringe is a monthly reading series produced by the BristolCon Foundation. For details of future events, see our website.

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Bristolcon Fringe: March 2014 - Rosie Oliver

April 7th, 2014 · Comments

Our first reading for February was from Rosie Oliver, who is a regular attendee at BristolCon.

After gaining a maths degree from Oxford University, Rosie started her 30-plus years career in engineering. She is now what they call a systems engineer. As a child, she discovered the shelves of yellow hardback Gollancz science fiction books at her local library, and she was hooked. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing it. This led onto her doing an MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. (Well, it is an ‘engineering solution’ to improving one’s writing!) Rosie has had several short stories published in various magazines and anthologies. Her series of novelettes about a self-learner robo-cat, simply called C.A.T., is e-published by TWB Press… mrrooowww! You are welcome to read her blog at rosieoliver.wordpress.com.

Rosie treated us to a short story, a fragment from a novel, and a preview of a new C.A.T. story. As she had to catch an early train home, we did her Q&A immediately after her reading.

BristolCon Fringe is a monthly reading series produced by the BristolCon Foundation. For details of future events, see our website.

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