Alt.Fiction festival – thumbs up

Nobody threw tomatoes and there was some polite applause- and even some laughter

Alt-fiction2012 programme coverHad a great time at the alt.fiction event at the Phoenix Centre in Leicester this weekend. Well worth going and I am looking forward to next year already. The rail service let me down Sunday, but that’s a different story.

Highlights are listed below. 

  • meeting Twitter friends, especially @mariaAsmith
  • making new friends, including  @IsoldeJansma
  • Short Story Workshop by Alex Davis – all about how to sell your short stories and introducing us to the excellent Duotrope website
  • Meeting the writer Graham Joyce (@Grafire) and buying his book and getting his signature
  • Attending the reading of an excellent radio play by Keith Large (@KeithLarge3) – the very funny Carrot Nappers.

And, of course, reading my short story extract at the Flash Fiction open mic session. It wasn’t sci-fi, fantasy or horror, but nobody threw tomatoes and there was some polite applause- and even a little laughter. (And, I better just clarify, the piece was supposed to be funny.)

Alt.Fiction Festival

Ruth Livingstone eating her words - HELP!Tomorrow I am going to my first ever fiction festival – Alt.Fiction – in Leicester. This weekend festival is for readers and writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror.

For some reason, and it seemed like a good idea at the time, I have signed myself up for the Flash Fiction Open Mic segment. I get three minutes to recite a story, extract or poem in front of a wonderful audience of like-minded people.

How difficult can that be?

Well, my story is neither science fiction, nor fantasy, nor even horror. But I did enjoy writing it and I hope it gets a laugh.

Will report back on how it went, if I survive. (Do people bring tomatoes to these events?)