Paolini and Hunt, dragon-riding Saturday

Here’s some news for my British readers. I’ll be doing the interview with US fantasy author Christopher Paolini on Saturday 1st October 2011 in front of a large audience at this year’s British Fantasy Convention in Brighton’s Royal Albion Hotel (the 35th anniversary of said con, no less).

Christopher Paolini is making a very rare visit to the UK this September, prior to the launch of his new novel Inheritance, the fourth and last title in his fab The Inheritance Cycle (published in the UK by Random House on 8th November 2011). The first book in the series, Eragon (filmed in 2006), did rather well, as have the later two – Eldest and Brisingr.

If you’ve got any questions you’d like me to ask Christopher Paolini during the interview, just post them in the comments field below and I’ll do my best to throw them his way.

There’s a few good (wo)men at the con that I know about, including my fellow scribes Joe Abercombie, Gwyneth Jones, Brian Aldiss, Sarah Pinborough, Dan Abnett, Ramsey Campbell, Mike Carey (he of Lucifer, X-Men Legacy, The Unwritten fame), Steven Erikson, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Ian R. MacLeod, Jasper Kent, Juliet E. McKenna, Philip Palmer, Christopher Priest, Kim Newman, and author of Let The Right One In, John Ajvide Lindqvist. There are also more editors and literary agents than you can shake a stick at.

Prices for a weekend membership pass for FantasyCon 2011 are £50 for non-BFS members, £45 for members. The price for a day membership (Saturday only) will be £40. Book early, is my recommendation, as my talk with Christopher Paolini could be a sell out, given how many fans he has here in Europe.

I’ll also be doing a panel on the opening day of the con, Friday 30th September 2011, about the work involved running your own web presence.

As always, if you want any Jackelian series books signed, bring them along and nab me at the end of either item and I’ll be happy to pen my moniker on your pages.

Full con details are over at

PS – The Royal Albion Hotel is opposite the Brighton Pier. See you on the slots.


I am an author of various fantasy, science fiction, crime and other genre books from Gollancz, Hachette and HarperCollins. Some day I hope to grow up and be an astronaut. Exploring Mars would be nice.

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