“Critics and cultural commentators have finally realised what writers, readers and audiences have known for years – that fantasy writing can – and does – tackle adult themes in a unique and exciting way, and that imaginary worlds are not just for children.”
Leading with that quote, I feel like some pathetic, shy kid at the prom seeking reassurance, but anyone interested in fantasy knows the kind of comments we hear on a daily basis. For that reason alone, it’s heartening to find a leading organisation celebrating everything we hold dear, in this case the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. From their promo:
“The Writersâ€™ Guild presents Imaginary Worlds on Thursday 1st November from 7pm â€“ 8:30pm at the Writers Guild Centre, 17 Britannia Street, London WC1X 9JN (Nearest tube: Kingâ€™s Cross). Celebrate the recent resurgence in British science fiction and fantasy, by talking to the writers behind the boom.
“Britain’s other great literary tradition has always been a hit with the public – from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Arthur Conan Doyle’s Lost World, 20th. Century classics by John Wyndham, H.G. Wells and Nigel Kneale, to the recent boom in graphic novels and even more recent box office successes such as Dog Soldiers and 28 Days Later.
“Confirmed panellists for the discussion include Guild members Ashley Pharaoh, one of the creators of Life on Mars and Adrian Hodges, a co-creator of Primeval. Further speakers will be confirmed closer to the date. To book for this event, please post a cheque to: Imaginary Worlds, Writersâ€™ Guild, 15-17, Britannia Street, London WC1 X 9JN. Please make the cheque payable to: â€œWritersâ€™ Guild of Great Britainâ€. Tickets cost Â£5 for Guild members and Â£7.50 for non members.”