Early bird tickets are now on sale for the Alt.Fiction festival of sci fi, fantasy and horror, taking place on 14 & 15 April 2012 at the Phoenix in Leicester. The festival, run by Writing East Midlands, provides an opportunity for writers to hear from their favourite authors, find out more about the world of publishing and learn more about the writing process, while networking with agents, publishers and other writers.

Guest of honor for the festival, now in its sixth year, will be multi-award winning science fiction author, Ken McLeod. The event will take a fresh approach to genre writing, bringing a strong multimedia feel to the event, highlighting writing for screen and games as well as novels.

There will also be a strong emphasis on guiding new writers entering the writing business, as well as other new opportunities such as open mic flash fiction, and a literary tour of Leicester by bike, courtesy of Leicester Cycle City.

“Having hosted Alt.Fiction’s very successful evening with Iain M Banks earlier this year, we’re delighted to be given the opportunity to bring the successful Alt.Fiction festival to Phoenix Square in Leicester for the first time,” said John Rance, CEO of Phoenix Square Film & Digital Media.

Buy your early bird weekend tickets now for just £30 at Alt.Fiction

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