Only 153 sleeps to go until QUEER COMPANY 2!

Only five months now to QUEER COMPANY 2 on Saturday 5 November in Oxford – and we’re delighted to be able to bring you up to date with our plans – which are, we’re happy to say, maturing nicely!

Our distinguished Guest Speaker this time is Farah Mendlesohn, Professor of Literary History and Head of the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University.  Her session is entitled ‘Georgians aren’t Victorians: how to dump everything you thought you knew about nineteenth century morality’ – and to be perfectly honest we can’t wait to settle in and enjoy this – it just sounds like tremendous fun.

Our Keynote Speaker is the much-celebrated KJ Charles, known among other work for the Society of Gentlemen trilogy (published by the Loveswept imprint of Random House), which is about Regency gentlemen, radical politics, class divide, nice clothes, murder, sordid goings-on at all levels of society, and why you should never trust puce (THIS IS IMPORTANT).  KJ will also be launching our new anthology for us, A CERTAIN PERSUASION, which deals with off-the-page relationships inspired by the works of Jane Austen.

Getting into the spirit of the occasion – as well as holding all this together (we hope!) – will be our illustrious MC, Aleksandr Voinov.

In addition there will be two panel discussions:  ‘A Sense of Place‘ chaired by Elin Gregory and ‘How Much Reality do We Want in Our Fiction?‘ which will be chaired by Alex Beecroft.  (Other panel members are still to be selected, so if you have a particular fancy for joining the team on either discussion please let us know – we love a volunteer!)

Once again we’re hoping to raise some money for the Royal British Legion with a raffle and a charity table, so if there is anything you’d like to donate to be sold on their behalf we would love to hear from you.  We’re also happy to consider giveaways to include in the goody bags we’ll be handing out to everyone attending, so please contact us if you have anything to contribute.

Please do register, if you hope to attend! Numbers are strictly limited to 50, and we’re over halfway there already. Queer company is good company – and we’re looking forward to yours!

Our giveaway winners!

We’ve had two giveaways running, and I’m delighted to now announce the results. We held the draws this morning using random.org.

Author R.A. Padmos offered a signed paperback copy of her book RAVAGES, to be posted anywhere in the world. And the lucky winner is…

  • Carolyn

The Press offered our newsletter subscribers the chance to win a place at our Queer Company 2 event in Oxford in November. We’ll cover the delegate registration fee as well as contribute towards travel costs. And the lucky winner is…

  • H.B.

Congratulations to both! And thank you very kindly indeed to everyone who entered the giveaways. Julie will be in touch with H.B. very soon, and R.A. Padmos will be in touch directly with Carolyn. Please do sign up to our newsletter if you want to take part next time round.

And meanwhile, we’re wishing you all a happy Friday!

Suggestions for panel discussions at QUEER COMPANY 2 … ?

banner-iconIn our planning for the next QUEER COMPANY event we’d like to try tapping into the collective consciousness/hive mind. What we’re looking for are suggestions for panel discussions – topics lively and interesting that hopefully will not escalate into nuclear war!

  • Is there an aspect of our genre that you’re desperate to talk about?
  • What are the ‘Cinderella subjects’ that never get brought up for discussion at events like this?
  • Which topics rarely get a satisfactory airing in any forum?

Please bear in mind that the time available for each panel will probably be 45 minutes or an hour, so it would help to be reasonably specific if you can.

While there is a Regency / Romantic theme to some aspects of the day, we would also like to offer a variety of attractions – so feel free to suggest contemporary subjects, or indeed anything relating to queer romance, queer fiction, queer non-fiction, and all who read, write and love it.

We’ll be offering a free e-book for the best idea – the Manifold Press title of your choice – and you don’t need to be registered for the event itself to take part. On the other hand, if you are planning to join us and there’s some subject that particularly interests you, please let us know if you’d be willing to join in (or even lead!) any panel resulting from your suggestion.

This is a good case for thinking outside the box: surprise us, challenge us, make us do some work. After all, if a topic fascinates you, the chances are it will fascinate other people … and frankly the more ‘out there’ it is, the better!

Announcing our guest and keynote speakers for QUEER COMPANY 2

We’re beyond proud to announce the guest speaker and the keynote speaker for our QUEER COMPANY 2 event, to be held in Oxford on Saturday 5 November 2016.

On that day, we will be officially launching our new anthology A CERTAIN PERSUASION, featuring LGBTQIA stories set in or inspired by the Jane Austen ‘verse. Hence it seemed appropriate to include a Regency / Romantic flavour in our offerings.

farah-mendlesohn_234x234Our guest speaker is Farah Mendlesohn, Professor of Literary History and Head of the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University. Having had – amongst an abundance of other qualifications – a long and active involvement with the sci-fi fan community, we knew Farah would be the ideal guest for us when we learned that she was writing a Regency lesbian novel. Although we haven’t met her yet, we suspect she’s going to fit in well with our rather varied and delightful crowd, and we’re looking forward to welcoming her to The Jam Factory. The title of Farah’s session is “Georgians aren’t Victorians: how to dump everything you thought you knew about nineteenth century morality” – which sounds fascinating, and we suspect will probably be the basis for some very lively discussion afterwards!

KJCharlesOur keynote speaker is K.J. Charles, one of the most respected and beloved writers working in our genre today. She is known for the Society of Gentlemen trilogy (published by the Loveswept imprint of Random House), which is about Regency gentlemen, radical politics, class divide, nice clothes, murder, sordid goings-on at all levels of society, and why you should never trust puce (THIS IS IMPORTANT) – as well as the Charm of Magpies series set in Victorian England, and other wonderful historical, romance and supernatural tales. K.J. will be officially launching A Certain Persuasion for us.

To be frank, we are unbearably excited about all this – even though there are still 245 sleeps to go!

Due to the nature of the Queer Company event, places are strictly limited to a total of 50, and over half of those are taken already – so please do register if you’re interested in attending!


PS. We have borrowed the photo of Farah from the Anglia Ruskin University website, with oodles of respect, and K.J.’s magpie logo from her writerly website, likewise.

Catch the early bird rate for Queer Company!

There’s still 293 sleeps to go until our QUEER COMPANY 2 event on Saturday 5 November – but there’s only a couple of weeks left to take advantage of our early bird rate.

Delegates can currently secure their place for the fee of £40. This will go up to £50 from 1 February.

The event is strictly limited in terms of size. We are planning for a happy yet relaxed sense of being among a small group of friends. We have chosen the venue accordingly – and even though we are booking out the entire place this time, our numbers are still limited to 50.

If you’d like to discover which other cool people are already registered, check out the WHO’S COMING? page on the event website!

Please do come and join us. We’ll have a ball!

Queer Company event and ‘A Certain Persuasion’ anthology

QUEER COMPANY

We are all a tad overexcited about our QUEER COMPANY 2 event, even though there’s still something like 340 sleeps to go until Saturday 5 November!

The event is strictly limited in terms of size. We are planning for a happy yet relaxed sense of being among a small group of friends. We have chosen the venue accordingly – and even though we are booking out the entire place this time, our numbers are still limited to 50.

We have already received over 20 registrations, so if you can plan ahead for next November, it might be worth securing your place. Also, you might like to take advantage of our early bird rate for the delegate’s fee of £40. This will go up to £50 from 1 February.

We are utterly delighted to welcome Sue Brown and UK GAY ROMANCE as our first sponsors. It’s terrific to be partnered up with this blog which does so much to promote British authors, British characters and British settings in our global genre.

If you’d like to discover which other cool people are already registered, check out the WHO’S COMING? page on the event website!

A CERTAIN PERSUASION

Many of us are re-reading our Jane Austen novels – and some of us are even writing our stories already – for this anthology which will feature LGBTQIA fiction based in the Austenverse.

The new release date is 1 November, to tie in with QUEER COMPANY. The deadline has been shifted accordingly, to 1 May 2016. So, maybe that makes it possible for you to contribute as well … ? You’d be very welcome.

Check the CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS page for details!

Wishing you all well, no matter how / whether you celebrate this festive season.

We’re doing it again: Queer Company 2

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Reading, writing and publishing are fulfilling occupations in themselves, but we at Manifold Press also feel very lucky to be working in this particular genre – not least because of the wonderful sense of community. To celebrate our excellent friendships – and in the hope of making even more – Manifold Press is delighted to be hosting this UK-based event.

Queer Company 2 will be a small, friendly gathering designed to engage and inspire. This one-day event is planned for Saturday 5 November 2016 at The Jam Factory in Oxford.

Please be assured that everyone is welcome! Readers, authors, bloggers, publishers, reviewers … The only requirement is that you love this genre we share.

Our first event at the same venue in May 2015 was very well received. We hope these gatherings will continue, with annual events complementing the wonderful work done by UK Gay Romance and UK Meet.

We will be taking the opportunity to formally launch our new anthology A Certain Persuasion, featuring modern GLBTQIA fiction set in the Austenverse. In honour of that, we are aiming for an Austen / Regency / Romantic theme for the event.

If you’d like to join us, there is more detailed information available on the Manifold Events website.

Registrations are now open, with an early bird rate available.

Please note that, due to the nature of the event, we can accommodate no more than 50 people attending. (We will maintain a waiting list if necessary.)

Thank you for your interest. We’re looking forward to enjoying your company!

Hooray, hooray, it’s the First of May!

It’s the day we’ve been looking forward to and working towards for such a long time – release day for our two new titles.

A PRIDE OF POPPIES is our long-awaited anthology of modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War, all the proceeds of which will be donated to The Royal British Legion to assist in their excellent work with returned service people. Ten authors have contributed to this project, and our editor Julie has worked tirelessly to bring the project to fruition; we’re (we believe justifiably!) extremely proud of the finished result, and we’re absolutely sure you’re going to love it!

The authors include: Julie Bozza; Barry Brennessel; Charlie Cochrane; Sam Evans; Lou Faulkner; Adam Fitzroy; Wendy C. Fries; Z. McAspurren; Eleanor Musgrove; and Jay Lewis Taylor.

Alongside that, we are delighted to be bringing you another standout historical novel from Jay Lewis Taylor: THE PEACOCK’S EYE is a love story with a richly detailed background of the Elizabethan theatre and the complex political climate of a time in which nothing could ever truly be considered safe or certain. In such a world, trust will always be elusive – and love, perhaps, even more so. This is definitely a book to lose yourself in, and forget about the twenty-first century for a while!

We’re looking forward enormously to meeting those of you who are going to be joining us at our Queer Company event in Oxford next weekend. If anyone is still undecided, there are a few places left and just enough time to secure them – but registrations must close on Sunday 3 May – so register now, and don’t miss out on this ‘small but beautifully formed’ gathering for readers and writers in the Quiltbag genre!

Queer Company: the programme

We are exceedingly happy to announce the programme for our Queer Company event!

Please note that, due to the inexorability of Murphy’s Law, this programme was posted and then amended within 24 hours, but we trust this is about the shape of it now!

This one-day event will run from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Saturday 9 May 2015. Please note that the doors of The Jam Factory will (literally!) open at 10.00 am.

The awesome Liam Livings will be our MC for the day!

Session 1: Clichés and how to avoid them
Liam Livings will be chairing this panel, ably supported by panellists KJ Charles, Morgan Cheshire and Heloise Mezen.

Book Launch: A Pride of Poppies
Charlie Cochrane, who wrote an utterly charming story for the anthology, will officially launch the volume.

Session 2: Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray: The First Gay Novel?
Our special guest speaker Iarla Manny will talk about this fascinating subject! Our genre has a few points of origin, I imagine, and Dorian Gray must be one of them.

Q&A: A Pride of Poppies
After lunch, Morgan Cheshire will chair this quick Q&A featuring Poppies authors Julie Bozza, Charlie Cochrane and Eleanor Musgrove.

Session 3: Sex scenes – how necessary are they?
Julie Bozza will chair this panel, with panellists Bruin Fisher, Fiona Pickles and Chris Quinton.

Session 4: A Duty of Care to our Characters
Our keynote speaker Charlie Cochrane will conclude the day on a lovely note with this thoughtful topic.

For more details, please visit the Programme page on the event website.

I hope you’re all looking forward to it as much as we are! Huzzah!

ETA: Importantly, please note that registrations will close on Sunday 3 May, or sooner if we fill up. That gives us a week!

New titles for 1 May

Our next two books will be published on 1 May, and both are well worth getting excited about!

We’ve already been making a bit of a fuss about A PRIDE OF POPPIES, an anthology of modern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War. We hope that our readers will welcome this particular project, as all proceeds will be donated to the charity The Royal British Legion. Three of the ten authors involved are Manifold Press stalwarts, and we are delighted that their contributions are joined by those of seven authors new to the Press.

[Details of second book removed retrospectively.]

Meanwhile, tickets are still available for the new one-day event that the Press is hosting: Queer Company, in Oxford on Saturday 9 May. Everyone who loves this genre as much as we do is very welcome to join us! You can find the event website, including registration details, at manifoldevents.co.uk.

The final piece of the programming puzzle is just falling into place now, so we’ll have some more details available very soon!