Manchester Speculative Fiction

Meeting: 8th April


First of all I’d like to offer a delayed welcome to Terence who actually joined us for the first time last month and submitted his first piece of writing to this month’s meeting. It was great to read your work and we’re looking forward to reading more of the same in the future.

Our venue, MadLab, is certainly looking very different after a recent facelift. Still a lot of work to do but it’s a huge improvement. Please feel free to keep your donations dropping into our group’s PayPal account (the button over there on the right) and thanks again to those people who have contributed in the last few weeks. Once we have enough funds we will make another donation to MadLab.

Before I get started with the critiques a quick announcement — and thanks to Eliza for the initial heads-up on this — Eastercon is coming to Manchester next year! Eastercon is the UK’s #1 science fiction writing event of the year so it’s obviously fantastic news that it’s going to land on our doorstep. Eastercon usually runs from Thursday through to Sunday which would make it the 24th to 27th March 2016. Get those dates pencilled into your diaries right now!

Each year Eastercon is given a different name so next year it’s going to be ‘Mancunicon’. It’s early days at the moment but you can keep up with all the latest news on the Mancunicon Facebook community and Twitter feed. They will also have a website up and running at some point.

I’ve already been in touch with a couple of the committee members and they’re very interested in members from our writing group helping out, whether that’s just a case of spreading the word via social media or lending a pair of hands on one (or all) of the convention days. This represents a great opportunity to meet other members of the SF writing community and perhaps even a few well-known names.

During last night’s meeting we also wondered about asking Mancunicon if we could run a Manchester Spec Fic group activity. Perhaps a critiquing circle? The T-Party have run similar such successful activities at other Eastercons and whilst we wouldn’t want to tread on their toes (if they’re thinking of doing the same again) we could perhaps do something similar. Have a think and let’s chat on our Facebook group. The committee are interested in specific numbers of people who might be able to help out. Let me know.

Whether you’re interested in attending or helping out I would also strongly recommend that you register your interest at the following page:

Do this right now! Don’t even think about it. I’m planning on helping out as much as possible, every day if possible, though James made the excellent point that the more you help out the less you might see of the convention panel events.

Anyway, on with the critiques!

After the meeting we headed over to Common which has also seen a major facelift. We talked about films quite a bit.

Next meeting: Wednesday 13th May

See you there!