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March 25 @ 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
  • Festival 4
  • Fiction
  • Science, Radio & Invention

An A-Z of the End of the World

Aliya Whiteley and M R Carey in conversation with Leila Abu El Hawa


Lord Ashcroft Building, Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
Chelmsford, CM1 1SQ
(£5 27yrs and under)

Box Office:

Mercury Theatre
01206 573948

Two of the UK’s most exciting voices in speculative fiction join Leila Abu El Hawa from the Post Apocalyptic Book Club, to discuss writing about the end of the world, from the ‘Apocalypse’ to ‘Zombies’ and everything in-between. Aliya Whiteley’s The Beauty is a dystopian vision of a world without women, and M R Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts, an intelligent, thought-provoking take on the classic zombie story.

This event is part of Essex Book Festival’s Science, Radio and Invention Day in Chelmsford on Saturday 25 March.

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About the speakers

M R Carey has been making up stories for most of his life. The Girl With All the Gifts is a best-seller and now a major motion picture. Under the name Mike Carey he has written for both DC and Marvel, including critically acclaimed runs on X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel’s flagship superhero titles. His books regularly appear in the New York Times graphic fiction bestseller list. He has also written several novels, two radio plays and a number of TV and movie screenplays. mikeandpeter.com @michaelcarey191

Aliya Whiteley writes novels, short stories and non-fiction, and has been published in places including The Guardian, Interzone, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Black Static, Strange Horizons, and anthologies such as Fox Spirit’s European Monsters and Lonely Planet’s Better than Fiction I and II. Her recent novella for Unsung Stories, The Beauty, was shortlisted for a Shirley Jackson Award and a Sabotage Award, and appeared on the Honors List for the James Tiptree Jr Award. aliyawhiteley.wordpress.com @AliyaWhiteley

Leila Abu El Hawa is founder and organiser of the Post-Apocalyptic Book Club, Organiser, Chair and moderator of Dark Societies author talks and panel events at Waterstones Piccadilly discussing dystopian literature, and 2015 & 2016 Judge for The Arthur C Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature. All are welcome to join the Post Apocalytic Book Club, which has over 1,500 members online and regular London meet-ups. meetup.com/post-apocalypticbookclub @Dystocalypse



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