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Unsung Stories / Unsung Live #3: Stephanie Saulter & Ian Whates
« on: April 12, 2016, 11:02:46 am »
We're happy to announce our return to The Star of Kings for our third evening of storytelling for fans of speculative fiction.

The lineup this time includes:
  • Stephanie Saulter writes what she likes to think is literary science fiction. Born in Jamaica, she earned her degree at MIT and spent over a decade in the United States before moving to England in 2003. She’s best known as the author of the ®Evolution trilogy: Gemsigns, Binary and Regeneration are set in a near-future London, and use the lens of an altered humanity to take a new look at the old issues of race, class, inequality and social conflict. Stephanie’s short story Audiovisionary deals with mental illness and possibly aliens, and was  published in 2014 in the anthology Paradox. She lives in London, blogs unpredictably at and tweets only slightly more reliably as @scriptopus.
  • Ian Whates launched independent publisher NewCon Press in 2006, quite by accident (buy him a pint sometime and he’ll tell you about it). Through NewCon he has been privileged to publish original stories from some of the biggest names in genre fiction. He is the author of, among others, the novels City of Dreams and Nightmare and The Noise Within.
  • + MORE TBC

The event is FREE and all are welcome, but space is limited so make sure you RSVP.

Make sure to sign up to Unsung Shorts and receive a brand-new piece of  short fiction delivered to your inbox once a fortnight -

Here’s what people said about our previous event:

At a time when publishing is struggling to make sense of the new world order, live events like this feel like the way forward. Go to the next one so in five years’ time you can say you were there.
– Andrew Wallace

The readings were a brilliant blend of touching, troubling, imaginative and comic tales.
– MegloBlog

.@UnsungTweets was insanely good tonight - def go if you can! And any event that starts with a quote from Ursula Le Guin is obvs brilliant
– @alicefurse

Fabulous evening at @UnsungTweets #UnsungLive last night. @0tralala @robertsharp59 and @casskhaw were all tip top
– @DHartleyWriter

Top stuff last night from @UnsungTweets live event. @DHartleyWriter brought Manc goodness to London, and about time too.
– @DanCarpenter85

Unsung Stories / Re: Reviewers wanted!
« on: April 12, 2016, 10:58:02 am »
I've added details to the original post about Unsung Signals, our new digital list for mid-length (5-30k words) work. This one is all about supporting emerging authors so fans of new talent and discovery, look up!

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: April 04, 2016, 05:29:16 pm »
Andrew - The Affirmation comes recommended by my resident Priest fan as well. Meanwhile, I've been catching up on classics I missed so I've now read The Dispossessed, The Drowned World and Slaughterhouse 5 at long last - results varied. I also read The Three by Sarah Lotz, just to prove I'm still relevant and Rawblood by Catriona Ward because Nina Allan was raving about it. So if there's a moral to be had, it's probably: Listen to Nina Allan.

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: February 05, 2016, 10:16:55 am »
After moderate badgering from a colleague, Priest's The Dream Archipelago. I also read Crime and Punishment last month though, which a) is excellent and b) may include the earliest incarnation of zombie fiction I've found - certainly the most unlikely...

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: November 20, 2015, 11:38:45 am »
I've slipped into fantasy proper here. On to M. John Harrison's Viriconium Masterwork collection by way of Smiler's Fair and John Gardner's Grendel. Then I've got Bulgakov's Heart of a Dog. Harrison doesn't waste a single word, does he?

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: November 03, 2015, 12:04:10 pm »
I just finished Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor which is an interesting one. Seems to be deliberately chaotic and messing with my preconceptions of the Novel. Does lots of things we think of as 'poor' writing but I suspect were used deliberately, and with interesting effect. Might be it feels too raw and shapeless for some but she's making an interesting point, I reckon. Definitely works as a way to shake up reading habits.

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: October 26, 2015, 11:12:03 am »
Special FantasyCon edition here - I just read Nina Allan's Spin. Excellent stuff, the amalgamation of fantasy, SF and myth is possibly flawless. Really, really fine stuff.

Unsung Stories / Unsung Live #2: 20th October, RSVPs open
« on: September 11, 2015, 05:12:37 pm »
After the success of Unsung Live #1, we are happy to announce our second evening of storytelling for fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all the bits in-between.

The lineup this time includes:

  • David Hartley - David is a writer of strange stories, his fiction having appeared in numerous places including Structo, Dark Fiction, The Alarmist and two Boo Books anthologies; After the Fall (2014) and We Can Improve You (2015). He has two collections of flash fiction, Threshold (Gumbo Press, 2015) and Merry Gentlemen.
  • Cassandra Khaw - Cassandra Khaw is Ysbryd Games' business cat and an Ars Technica UK contributor. Her short fiction can be found at Unsung Shorts, Terraform, Shimmer, The Dark, and a variety of other places. She has a novella coming up with Abaddon Books sometime Soon. 
  • Robert Sharp - Robert Sharp is Head of Campaigns & Communications at English PEN, and author of the Shirley Jackson Award-nominated novella The Good Shabti.
  • + more TBC

The event is FREE and all are welcome, but space is limited so make sure you RSVP at our Meetup group.

And if you just can't wait until then to scratch that short story itch, sign up for Unsung Shorts and get an original short story delivered to your inbox once a fortnight.

Here’s what people said about our previous event:

  • Loved #Unsunglive last night, excellent and intriguing stories.
  • Some fantastic storytelling at @UnsungTweetsfirst live event – make sure to get yourself to the next #UnsungLive
  • Had a great evening at the @UnsungTweets short story event! It's so nice to hear such fantastic stories read aloud. #unsunglive

Unsung Stories / Re: Dark Star by Oliver Langmead
« on: July 31, 2015, 02:26:18 pm »
Wondrous people of the BFS, can you help me?! We've got Dark Star on the longlist for the Not The Booker award at the Guardian. We need votes to get it on the longlist, deadline of Sunday 2nd August!

All we need is your vote and a short review posted on the Guardian site. All the info and rules can be found here -

We're up against big grown up publishers here so to be this close is already pretty cool. If you can help us make it to the shortlist, I'll be insanely grateful. But the nice insane, where I keep buyin people drinks.

Books / Re: What are you currently reading..?
« on: June 19, 2015, 01:13:28 pm »
I've been through a few things recently: Emily St John Mandel's Station Eleven - Very good in terms of structure, character development and her style, not sure the Lear angle worked for me though; Rupert Thomson's Soft - Typically excellent, including a terrifying passage where someone starts losing their mind, but bit of a duff ending; Nick Harkaway's Tigerman - Just great; Walter Moer's The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear - Lot of fun, but suffered from being predictable, lacked Douglas Adam's anarchic edge; James Smythe's The Echo - This really caught me by surprise. It uses a lot of familiar elements but still shocked me in places and the second half is really compelling stuff. Greater than the sum of its parts, like a nihilistic 2001.

Unsung Stories / Unsung Live #1: 25th June, Star of Kings
« on: June 18, 2015, 04:55:32 pm »
Unsung Live is happening!

We're running our first live-lit event on 25th June at the Star of Kings, 126 York Way, N1 0AX. We've got four storytellers lined up this time, hopefully some familiar names for BFS types as well:
  • Aliya Whiteley
  • Ian Hocking
  • Daniel Carpenter
  • Gary Budgen

The idea is simple: we find writers with stories to tell, give them a stage and a microphone, and let them loose. All the stories are going to be a little bit Unsung, so expect sci-fi, fantasy, horror, speculative, strange, exciting, funny, sad, scary, wise - the lot. It's a free event and everyone is welcome, but space is limited so make sure you RSVP.

You can reserve a place and get the full details over at our Meetup group -

Unsung Stories / Re: The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley
« on: May 11, 2015, 11:09:33 am »
Thanks Andrew. In all honesty, it's been a surreal week, but only in a good way.

Unsung Stories / Re: The Beauty by Aliya Whiteley
« on: May 08, 2015, 04:56:25 pm »
Exciting times for The Beauty - it's now got three awards nominations under it's belt.

The Saboteur Awards are decided by a public vote, which is open until the 24th. Just putting that one out there. If you do vote then I'm also a fan of Influx Press and #LossLit.

Unsung Stories / Re: Short story night in London
« on: May 07, 2015, 10:52:39 am »
Blarg - that's me mashing html and bbcode poorly. Sorry about that, all working now. Glad to hear it's of interest though, feel free to send relevant people my way as well.

New to SFF, not so new to publishing. But yes, lots of help to be had, fire away!

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