Settling the World: M. John Harrison in conversation with Gary Budden

13 Oct 2020 - 7.00PM

13th October

7pm-8pm

TICKETS - £3-£9.99

Housmans is pleased to welcome sci-fi supremo M. John Harrison to our first digital event in collaboration with indie publishers Comma Press and Influx Press.

Considered one of the most important stylists of modern fantasy and science fiction working today, and a pioneer of the New Wave, award-winning author M. John Harrison can count amongst his fans the likes of Neil Gaiman, Iain Banks and Robert Macfarlane.

Throughout his career, M. John’s writing has defied categorisation, building worlds both unreal and all-too real, overlapping and interlocking with each other. His stories are replete with fissures and portals into parallel dimensions, unidentified countries and lost lands.

His latest collection, Settling the World, is a selection of stories, drawn from 50 years of writing (1979-2020), follows backstreet occultists, amateur philosophers, down-and-outs or refugees, and explores our relationship with ‘the other’ in microscopic detail. What the characters have in common is they share in Harrison’s rejection of the idea that the world, or our understanding of it, could ever be settled.

Housmans have 50 signed copies which will be allocated to ticket holders on a first come first served basis. Attendees will be emailed the zoom link prior to the event start time.

THE SPEAKERS

M. John Harrison is the author of eleven novels (including In ViriconiumThe Course of the Heart and Light), as well as four previous short story collections, two graphic novels, and collaborations with Jane Johnson, writing as Gabriel King. He won the Boardman Tasker Award for Climbers (1989), the James Tiptree Jr Award for Light (2002) and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Nova Swing (2007). He reviews fiction for The Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement, and lives in Shropshire.

Gary Budden is a writer, editor and co-founder of the award winning Influx Press. He is the author of the books Hollow ShoresJudderman (as D.A. Northwood), and The White Heron Beneath the Reactorwith artist Maxim Griffin. London Incognita is forthcoming in 2020.

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