I received the following email from the Literature Development Officer (LDO) at Derby City Council (I think she means that the post will be cut in 2010). Sad news for Alt Fiction fans this year: Â
"As you probably know Alex Davis created Alt. Fiction while he was an LDO here at Derby and when he left leaving me to do the post fulltime (we worked as a jobshare for a year and a half) last October I decided we should still plan to do the festival as it was too good to lose but work on making it independent so that when the post was cut at the end of March 2010 Alt. Fiction would be able to continue without DCC. Alex agreed to be part of the steering group for the festival."
“However recent developments have meant that the post here will come to an end a year early and I will be going to work for Writing East Midlands (a new regional writerâ€™s agency based in Nottingham) at the beginning of April. This could be good in the long run for Alt. Fiction as WEM is very keen to support the festival so it will have the backing and financial commitment it needsÂ in the long term BUT it does not leave us long to secure that backing and to pull it all together for the end of June, so the Steering group have decided to take a year out but continue to programme Alt Fiction related events on the run up to next years bigger and better festival including an Alt. Fiction & Film week festival at QUAD in November time.
I will be letting everyone who has expressed an interest in Alt. Fiction know these details and more at the beginning of next week but have replied to your email as I donâ€™t want to leave those people who are asking directly hanging any longer.
Sorry to be the bearer of disappointing news but it is by no means the end to Alt. Fiction and hopefully the start of a hugely successful venture continuing the legacy of the excellent past three years of Alt. Fiction.”