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    North London Literary Festival goes sci-fi


    The North London Literary Festival returns to Middlesex University on 22 March and this year the event has a diversity in science fiction slant with workshops, themed performances and  special guests including Pat Cadigan, author of the cyberpunk classic Synners, and Christopher Priest, author of The Prestige

    Visitors can hone their craft through creative writing and fiction workshops, attend a discussion on the publishing industry from a leading literary agent, immerse themselves in a debate on diversity in science fiction and explore the genre’s representation in theatre and film.

    The 2016 North London Literary Festival which is organised by Middlesex University students starts at 11:00 and runs until 20:00 at the University’s campus in Hendon. All events are free of charge.

    Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University, Kurt Barling said: "Science fiction unlocks the power of the mind to imagine the future.

    “Will every slice of imagination become future fact? Probably not, but the desire to imagine what the world might look like is part of the human experience.   It’s not just science but the sheer diversity of visions as our world confronts our differences that we shall explore in this year’s North London Literary Festival.

    “We keep hope alive by dreaming and exploring those dreams in science fiction literature, film and theatre.  Join us at the North London Literary Festival for a chance to unlock your imagination, think the unthinkable and experience what the future could be."

    Headline speaker, Christopher Priest has published thirteen novels, four short story collections and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations and children’s non-fiction.

    His novel The Separation won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the BSFA Award. In 1996 Priest won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Prestige. He has been nominated four times for the Hugo award.

    For more information about the 2016 North London Literary Festival visit: or follow @NorthLdnLitFest on Twitter.

    2016 North London Literary Festival :

    11:00 – 12:00

    Creative writing workshop on imagining a future world

    12:00 – 13:00

    Talk on the publishing industry by Carrie Plitt, Conville & Walsh Literary Agency

    13:00 - 14:00

    Fiction Workshop led by award-winning science fiction writer Pat Cadigan

    14:00 – 15:30

    Performance of ‘Been On The Job Too Long’ by James Charlton

    15:30 – 17:00

    Science fiction and diversity discussion with Middlesex University’s Professor of Journalism Kurt Barling, science fiction writer Zen Cho, Pat Cadigan and  Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction.

    17:00 – 18:30

    Discussion on science fiction in Theatre and Film with Pat Tallman, actress and science fiction theatre organiser and Daisy Campbell, Science fiction theatre director and writer.

    19:00 – 20:00

    Headline talk from Christopher Priest, award-winning science fiction writer and author of The Prestige.

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