We’re thrilled to announce VoyagerCon 2019 is on August 20th.
We’ll be hosting two fantastic events at Waterstone’s Piccadilly. During the day, How to Get Published with the HarperVoyager editorial team and, later in the evening, the VoyagerCon panel discussions with a selection of wonderful authors.
VoyagerCon: How to Get Published
Tickets cost £5 General Admission and £3 for Waterstones Plus. Discounted combo tickets for both events are also available at £12 General Admission and £8 for Waterstones Plus.
4-4.45pm Writers Panel
Meet Voyager’s editors, Natasha Bardon, Vicky Leech and Jack Rennison, along with agent Harry Illingworth in a panel advising you on the how you can get published.
4.45-5.30pm Quick fire drop-ins
Each attendee will have a 5 minute one to one with a member of the panel, please prepare a question about your work-in-progress or the industry in general to get the most from this!
Meet the panel
NATASHA BARDON is Publishing Director of HarperVoyager, overseeing the list and working with brand authors such George R.R. Martin, Robin Hobb, Peter V. Brett, Jay Kristoff, Sabaa Tahir as well as up-and-coming names such as Anna Stephens, David Wragg, Rebecca Kuang and many more. She has 10 years’ experience in the publishing industry.
VICKY LEECH joined the Voyager team in winter of 2017 as Editor following a career in children’s books that saw her working on everything from Harry Potter to Neil Gaiman. She is the editor for a range of authors on the list and commissions broadly: she loves all fantasy, but can’t resist anything featuring epic love story or a time slip. Or a zombie.
JACK RENNISSON works as assistant editor on the Voyager team. He commissions new writing across SFF and supports the publishing of well-known writers including George R.R. Martin and Isaac Asimov.
HARRY ILLINGWORTH studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Northumbria University. He completed internships at Michael O’Mara Books, HarperCollins and Pan Macmillan, before joining Goldsboro Books, where he is currently the Marketing and Communications Manager, and a Literary Agent at the DHH Literary Agency.
VoyagerCon: Panel discussions
6.00pm – Myth and Legend
S.A. Chakraborty and Rebecca Kuang discuss folklore, mythology and history. S.A. Chakraborty was inspired by Middle-Eastern myths around djinns when writing her Daevabad trilogy and Rebecca Kuang drew on Chinese history and legends in The Poppy War and The Dragon Republic.
6.45pm – Bad Ass Women
Anna Stephens and Anna Smith Spark discuss strong female characters in the genre. From witchcraft to Warcraft, sexuality and violence, Anna and Anna explore how they draw on their own experiences to create believable and representative women.
8.00pm – Escape the Dungeon!
Den Patrick and Peter Newman pit the audience against monsters from fantasy worlds, past and present. Enter at your own PERIL!
Meet the authors
S.A. CHAKRABORTY is from New York. Her debut, The City of Brass, is the first in the Daevabad trilogy. When not reading books about Mughal miniatures and Abbasid political intrigue, she enjoys hiking and recreating medieval meals.
REBECCA F. KUANG emigrated to the United States from China. She has a BA in International History and is pursuing her graduate degree in Chinese Studies at Cambridge University. Her research focuses on Chinese military strategy, collective trauma and war memorials.
ANNA STEPHENS is living the dream as a full-time writer. She loves all things speculative and horrifying and is a second Dan blackbelt in Shotokan Karate, and keen weightlifter and swordfighter.
ANNA SMITH SPARK has a Classics BA, History MA and English Literature PhD. Besides her novels, her work has appeared in publications including the Fortean Times. Previous jobs include fetish model and English teacher.
DEN PATRICK is the author of Erebus Sequence, and was nominated for the British Fantasy Society Award for 2015 Best Newcomer. WITCHSIGN is the first of The Ashen Torment triolgy. He lives in London with his wife and two cats.
PETER NEWMAN is the author of award-winning Vagrant Trilogy. He sometimes pretends to be a butler for Hugo Award-winning Tea and Jeopardy podcast, which he co-writes. His latest book The Ruthless was published in June, which is the second book in a new series.