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Wirral Fantasy, Horror and Science-Fiction Event

Updated on November 7, 2011

Parallel Dimensions

The annual festival of new Fantasy, Horror and Science-Fiction takes place every year on the Wirral peninsula in England. The event, called Parallel Dimensions, enables emerging writers to present their original work to a live audience. Many of the participating authors have been traditionally published already.

The sheer diversity of material means there's something for all tastes within these flexible genres, whose definitions often overlap. Attendees are free to meet the authors, ask questions and have books signed.

This increasingly popular event has been kindly hosted by West Kirby Library which forms part of The Concourse and is located next to West Kirby train station. A frequent bus service runs from outside The Concourse, and there is ample car parking to the rear.

Location of West Kirby Library, venue for Parallel Dimensions

Parallel Dimensions 2011

Parallel Dimensions 2011
Parallel Dimensions 2011

Parallel Dimensions 2011

The third annual Parallel Dimensions will take place at West Kirby Library, Wirral, on Saturday 10th December 2011. Doors open at 2pm.

Speakers will include Jon Mayhew, author of children's horror fantasy book, Mortlock, which was published by Bloomsbury.

Mjke Wood is the winner of several literary awards and his short stories appear in numerous anthologies and magazines.

Tim Hulme's short stories have been published in magazines, and he had previously been a regular guest on 7 Waves Radio, Wirral's local station, when he shared his fiction with listeners. He has also participated in all previous Parallel Dimensions events plus other Wirral literary events.

Adele Cosgrove-Bray's fiction, non-fiction and poetry has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies over the years. 2011 also saw the publication of three indie ebooks.

Other writers may well be joining in with this event, particularly members of Riverside Writers (of which Tim and Adele are both members).

This is a free event and everyone is welcome.

Resfreshments are available from the library.

Parallel Dimensions 2010

Parallel Dimensions 2010
Parallel Dimensions 2010

Parallel Dimensions 2010

The fiction read aloud at Parallel Dimensions in 2010 proved to be wonderfully diverse. Colin Davies shared one of his several published science-fiction stories. He has a number of sci-fi novels to his name also.

Adrienne Odasso performed a selection of her poetry, reading aloud from the magazines in which they had been printed.

Carol Falaki, author of the novel Birth in Suburbia, read one of her short stories.

Other readings came from members of Riverside Writers, including Peter Hurd, Peter Caton, Tim Hulme and Adele Cosgrove-Bray.

There was also some flute and dijeridoo music from Chris the Shamen.

Parallel Dimensions 2009

Parallel Dimensions 2009
Parallel Dimensions 2009

Parallel Dimensions 2009

The first Parallel Dimensions event saw the coming-together of a group of fantasy and science-fiction authors who had all been published by Hadley Rille Books.

Diversity was the keyword at this event, as the audience was treated to a wide array of fiction and poetry - only demonstrating how the three genres overlap smoothly. The audience thoroughly enjoyed themselves during the lively Q&A session, which inspired a lot of discussion about the fusion of once-separate genres and the future of the publishing business.

© 2011 Adele Cosgrove-Bray

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