The Glastonbury Conference for the Fantastic in Literature

A Holy Thorn
One of Glastonbury's Holy Thorns
Papaveria’s next appearance will be at the Glastonbury Conference for the Fantastic in Literature, hosted by our friend and colleague Liz Williams. This is going to be “A Feast for the imagination”. Here’s a quote from the British Fantasy Society website: “Imaginary, supernatural and magical worlds in literature feature in Glastonbury’s first Conference for the Fantastic, Saturday 3 September, from 10.00am-6.00pm, at The Grail Centre in Chilkwell Street.

The Write Fantastic will offer inspiring and thought-provoking talks, evocative art, and beautiful, unusual books. Speakers include guest of honour, best-selling fantasy author Freda Warrington; Liz Williams, a well-known Glastonbury figure and popular fantasy novelist, who will be bringing occultist and author Dion Fortune back to life; writer Kari Maund, an expert on Celtic Britain, will shed light on the colourful Arthurian tradition; and local author Paul Weston will explain the work and philosophy of John Cowper Powys.”

I, too, will have many books available, both the paperbacks and a few of the limited editions, as well as the very first copies of Shiny Thing which just arrived this morning. Shiny Thing has a release date of 20 September, so this will be the only chance to purchase a copy between now and then — after this, they go back into hiding until their day arrives. We’re attending the conference as vendors, but fortunately Dis will be with me, so I’ll be able to run off and listen to the speakers whenever I please (or sneak away for a pint!). We love Glastonbury, we think of it as a home away from home, and we’re very much looking forward to seeing everyone there.