Events

Jan
17
Fri
2014
Book launch party for Convergence @ The Kitchen Cafe, The Hat Factory
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Mike French

Astronaut: 315 Studio / shutterstock.com
Astronaut: 315 Studio / shutterstock.com
Join Mike French and The Kitchen for a party to celebrate the launch of the print edition of Convergence. There will be a pop up bar (open till 10pm), coffee and free nibbles. It’s all happening at the Kitchen Cafe in the Hat Factory Art Centre in Luton on Friday 17th January 2014 from 7pm.

Jan
18
Sat
2014
Mike French reads in a nightclub @ The Edge Nightclub
Jan 18 @ 9:00 pm – Jan 19 @ 12:00 am

Mike FrenchNo, that’s not an admission of lack of cool, but the exciting premise of an evening’s entertainment at the Edge Nightclub in Luton. Mike won’t be alone, there will be other performers of written, spoken and musical work. All under the intriguing title of

Dixie Fried – A beatnik night!

The organisers describe it as…

an off the wall night of beatnikkery and hepcat havoc. We’ll be celebrating the talent of local emerging and established writers, poets, and musicians with an open mic session from 9PM onwards, followed by an evening of smokey jazz and trippy psych with DJ sets from local cool cats Lupo and the hippest shop in town, Shop 33.

If that’s not enough, there will also be a Vintage Clothes and Records sale, as well as a selection of work available from the writers of Luton Haiku and Clod Magazine, which recently made its way into the Tate Modern!

Doors 9PM
Free entry before 11PM
£3 After

18+

Aug
7
Fri
2015
SmartYellow™ publication as eBook
Aug 7 all-day

SmartYellow™, the first speculative fiction novel from J.A. Christy, will be published in an eBook edition on the 7th August 2015. A worryingly plausible and chilling glimpse into an alternate Britain where, for the sake of order and for the benefit of more fortunate members of society, those seen as socially undesirable are marked with SmartYellow™, making it easier for them to be controlled and maintained in a state of fruitless inactivity.

Artwork: Leosaysays
Artwork: Leosaysays

SmartYellow™ is the story of a young girl, Katrina Williams, who finds herself on the wrong side of social services. After becoming pregnant with only a slight notion of the father’s identity, she is disowned by her parents and goes to live on a social housing estate. Before long she is being bullied by a gang involved in criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Seeking help from the authorities she is persuaded to return to the estate to work as part of Operation Schrödinger, alongside a surveillance specialist. But she soon realises that Operation Schrödinger is not what it seems.

Exploring themes of social inequity and scientific responsibility, J.A. Christy’s first speculative fiction novel leads her heroine Katrina to understand how probability, hope and empathy play a huge part in the flow of life and are absent in the stagnation of mere survival. As readers we also start to question how we would know if the power of the State to support and care for the weak had become corrupted into the oppression of all those who do not fit society’s norms.

SmartYellow™ will be available in popular eBook formats from all good eBook retailers.

 

Nov
7
Sat
2015
An Android Awakes – Film & Comic Con Brighton @ Hilton Brighton Metropole
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – Nov 8 @ 6:00 pm
Artwork: Karl Brown Cover Design: Craig Nash
Artwork: Karl Brown
Cover Design: Craig Nash

An Android Awakes, due to be published on Friday the 13th November 2015, will be available in advance exclusively at the Film and Comic Con Brighton on 7-8th November 2015.

With text by Mike French and art by Karl Brown, An Android Awakes charts the struggle for survival and the fate of a story teller in a future where culture is shaped by machines and the novel has been reduced to a thousand words.

The team responsible for this innovative combination of art and prose will be appearing on the Comic Zone Panel Programme to chat about the concept and creative process behind An Android Awakes. Immediately afterwards An Android Awakes will be launched and available for the first time in print.

Android Writer PD121928 is part of the Android Publishing Program. To replicate their idea of a writer’s life, his partner has been forcibly removed and he lives in solitude with an allowance for drugs and prostitutes. He also has just had his novel The Eating of Citizen Kane rejected. He has 14 more attempts to get a novel accepted for the humans by the Android Publishing Programme or he will be deactivated. Can one of his characters and their story save him?

Featuring Absolute Zero (the coolest spaceship ever built – literally), an ocean in the sky, sub-atomic particles, a Märchen zoo, android communion, naked angels and mockingbirds, An Android Awakes hurtles towards the shocking conclusion of Android Writer PD121928’s fate.

 

Nov
14
Sat
2015
SmartYellow™ publication in paperback
Nov 14 all-day

SmartYellow™, the first speculative fiction novel from J.A. Christy, will be published in paperback on the 14th November 2015. A worryingly plausible and chilling glimpse into an alternate Britain where, for the sake of order and for the benefit of more fortunate members of society, those seen as socially undesirable are marked with SmartYellow™, making it easier for them to be controlled and maintained in a state of fruitless inactivity.

Artwork: Leosaysays
Artwork: Leosaysays

SmartYellow™ is the story of a young girl, Katrina Williams, who finds herself on the wrong side of social services. After becoming pregnant with only a slight notion of the father’s identity, she is disowned by her parents and goes to live on a social housing estate. Before long she is being bullied by a gang involved in criminal activity and anti-social behaviour. Seeking help from the authorities she is persuaded to return to the estate to work as part of Operation Schrödinger, alongside a surveillance specialist. But she soon realises that Operation Schrödinger is not what it seems.

Exploring themes of social inequity and scientific responsibility, J.A. Christy’s first speculative fiction novel leads her heroine Katrina to understand how probability, hope and empathy play a huge part in the flow of life and are absent in the stagnation of mere survival. As readers we also start to question how we would know if the power of the State to support and care for the weak had become corrupted into the oppression of all those who do not fit society’s norms.

SmartYellow™ has been available in popular eBook formats since the 7th August.

 

SmartYellow™ – Launch party @ Novacon 45
Nov 14 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

If you’re going to be at Novacon 45 in Nottingham over the weekend of the 14/15th November, come and join us for our party on Saturday evening and also for our three book launches over the weekend.

Artwork: Leosaysays
Artwork: Leosaysays
jacavatarOn Saturday afternoon from 2-3 in the Downstairs Bar we’ll be launching SmartYellow™ by J A Christy. This offers a worryingly plausible and chilling glimpse into an alternate Britain. For the sake of order and for the benefit of more fortunate members of society, those seen as socially undesirable are marked with SmartYellow™, making it easier for them to be controlled and maintained in a state of fruitless inactivity. Writer, J A Christy, turns an understanding and honest eye not only onto the weak, who have failed to cope with life, but also onto those who ruthlessly exploit them for their own ends. At times tense and threatening, at times tender and insightful, SmartYellow™ is a rewarding and thought-provoking read.

As well as drinks and books, J A Christy will be there to read from and sign copies of her book.

Sep
24
Sat
2016
Mandigo and the Hellhounds launch party at FantasyCon @ FantasyCon by the Sea
Sep 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck

While we’re at FantasyCon we will be having a launch party for our two latest fantasy titles.

Mandigo and the Hellhounds, by Anders Reemark, is the book in the Mandigo trilogy. Translated from the Danish by Nina Sokol it is a classic epic fantasy story, suitable for younger readers but just as gripping for older readers.

When he was eight, Mandigo found a baby on a raft in the river and carried her to Greta, the wise woman who lived in the forest. By the time he was twelve, Greta had taught him some magic, but an evil force was looking for the baby and Greta decided to leave for the baby’s safety. Mandigo would have liked to go with her but his world is suddenly turned upside down with the arrival of a fearsome knight accompanied by a pack of Hellhounds…

The launch party is in the Harbourlights Restaurant in the Grand Hotel from 12-1pm on Saturday. If you’re coming to FantasyCon, please join us at the party.

 

May
21
Sun
2017
Sanem Ozdural – Readathon Day, Pirates Alley, New Orleans @ Faulkner House
May 21 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Sanem OzduralOn Saturday May 21st from 2:30pm to 5:00pm, Sanem Ozdural, author of LiGa™ and the Dark shall do what Light cannot will be one of four authors taking part in the Faulkner Society’s Readathon featuring Authors of New Novels. She would love to see you there. If you’re thinking of going, contact The Faulkner Society beforehand (click email above, details on the ‘e-vite’ below).



LiGa™ cover
Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck
Artwork: Alison Buck



Read-A-Thon New Orleans