The birth of a book festival! Ann Landmann, founder of Cymera: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writing, joins us to talk about the organisation, this year’s amazing highlights, and why you should come along to Edinburgh to check it out.

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This Episode’s Guest

Ann Landmann

Ann Landmann has been working in books since she was 19. With an undergrad in Book trade and Publishing, she joined Blackwell’s Edinburgh, first as the buyer for the schools department, and then as the Events Manager. After nine busy years of events big and small, she recently changed sides and now works for Edinburgh-based publisher Berlinn Ltd as a sales representative. As a self-confessed book festival addict, she decided to set up Cymera: Scotland’s Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writing to fill a gap left by other literary festivals. Cymera grew quickly from an idea over a cup of coffee in September 2017 to a 120-page business plan for her Masters’ dissertation to a three-day festival with over 70 authors in June 2019!
Follow her on Twitter: @annofbooks

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Show Notes

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Cymera people

Board:
David Bishop (Napier uni)
Lee Randall (journalist)
Jacky Collins (Newcastle Noir)
Paul Hudson (Portobello library)

Intern:
Caitlyn! (I hope I spelled that right)

Other festivals / cons etc

Edinburgh book festival
Bloody Scotland
Nine Worlds
Fantasycon
AyeWrite – Glasgow book festival

Authors highlighted this episode!

…and some of their works…

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Cymera participants

Go to Cymera Scottish SFF Festival official programme for the full lineup.

V.E. Schwab

RJ Barker

Ken MacLeod

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Tade Thompson

Aliette de Bodard

Tasha Suri

Claire North

James Oswald (as JD Oswald)

Ben Aaronovitch

Lauren James

Justina Ireland

Dhonielle Clayton

Zoraida Cordova

Melinda Salisbury

Tom Pollock

Anna Smith Spark

Gareth L. Powell

Ever Dundas

Short story competition judges

14-17 year olds category: Laura Lam, Eris Young (ÆTHER/ICHOR fantasy magazine), Noel Chidwick
18+ category: Neil Williamson (see episode 2!) and Anne Charnock

Ann’s TBR

Joanne Harris
Terry Pratchett

Other authors not on the programme but still getting a shout out this episode:

Chris Brookmyer
Patrick Ness
Malorie Blackman
Stephen King
George R R Martin
Neil Gaiman
Naomi Novik

Other Cymera festival info

There are concession tickets for those under 26, librarians, or booksellers, or those of low income. Or, you can volunteer. Also many free areas in the venue to soak up the ambience.

Get involved

Link for all get involved info for writers, publishers, volunteers, open mic spots, etc.

Other random shout outs

Shoreline of Infinity
Society of Authors website for guidelines for authors on whether you should work for free.
Creative Scotland

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