So in the last few weeks I've been going to as many York Literature Festival events as I can. I've met some great people, seen some fantastic talks and got involved in a few workshops.
Will Self in conversation was brilliant. He was a lot more likeable than you'd expect after starring in Grumpy Old Men, though there was still some political and controversial subjects discussed. Will Self read from Umbrella, which is his most recent book and was short listed for the Man Booker Prize.
A couple of other writers (that I hadn't heard of before the event) are Kathlene Postma, who gave a great talk in my MA class and also did a workshop on characterisation (find out more at www.kathlenepostma.com) and Socrates Adams who did a fantastic workshop on the art of short fiction and has some seriously crazy stuff to enjoy at http://socratesadams.tumblr.com/
Ben Warden - Editor of the #SFFiction project and author of 'Life Without', which made the top ten literary fiction e-books on amazon.