I update this page quite often so check back now and again. As usual, please call the venue to check times and dates before you set out just in case I get struck by lightning or something.
Updated 15th April 2015: Hay, Marlborough & Canada.
April 24-26, 2015, POLAND:
PYRKON Fantasy Conference in Poznan to coincide with Song of Quarkbeast in Polish.
Variety of events including a panel with Martin Gooch
May 6-9, 2015, VIETNAM:
British Council workshops in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi for European Literature Day - ELD
ELD is a celebration of Literature from Europe organised by EUNIC (the European Union of National Institutes for Culture) which takes place in countries all over the world every year.
In Vietnam a series of events take place over many days in multiple venues across the city in partnership with the National Library of Vietnam.
May 2015, Swindon:
Fforde Ffiesta V - Ten year anniversary event, 23-24th May
May 28th 2015, PEN Wales event, Richard Booth's Bookshop, Hay on Wye:
6pm - 6.30pm in the bookshop cafe.
Part of a week long series of events organised by PEN Wales. The sessions include one Wales PEN Cymru member and one invited international/UK author speaking / reading / singing / talking for 10 mins each in response to the central aims of PEN - freedom of expression, imprisoned writers, access to literature, translation and linguistic diversity.
Ticket info to come...
May 31, 2015 - 1pm, How The Light Gets In Festival
The Pavillion, The Globe, Hay on Wye:
How the Light Gets In lunch.
Theme for the lunch "Are we entranced by the fantasy of apocalypse?"
Tickets from the HTLGI website
May 31, 2015 - 4pm, How The Light Gets In Festival
Globe Hall, The Globe, Hay on Wye:
Visions of Apocalypse
Tickets from the HTLGI website
Jasper Fforde, Frank Furedi, Kate Hudson. Vassili Christodoulou hosts. The horsemen of the apocalypse held sway for much of Western history. Now from superbugs, to climate change and nuclear war, alternatives have taken their place. Are we entranced by the fantasy of apocalypse? Or at some point will the doomsday clock inevitably strike midnight and end it all?
General Secretary of the Campaign Nuclear Disarmament Kate Hudson, sociologist and author of Culture of Fear Frank Furedi, and science fiction novelist Jasper Fforde.
June 5th, Leominster, UK:
Talk after competition results, possibly 7:00PM TBC.
June 19th to 21st 2015, Winchester, UK:
Winchester Writer's Festival Festival Website Probably a masterclass on Sunday. TBC.
July 10th, The Globe, Hay on Wye, UK:
Desert Island Picks with Di Blunt
Globe website More info to come.
September 26th, Bristol, UK:
Bristol Con. One day SF and Fantasy conference.
Festival Website Various events, all TBC.
October 3rd, 12 noon Marlborough LitFest, UK:
Marlborough LitFest event at 1.30pm
Tickets and further info from the Festival Website
October 23rd - 25th, Surrey, CANADA:
SiWC - Surrey International Writers' Conference. Sheraton Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC, Canada - more details to come SIWC on Facebook Various events, all TBC.
March 02031: Asteroid belt and Saturn (technology permitting) More details TBA.
October 02042: 81-year-old Fforde talks to other members of old people's home: "I used to be a novelist, no really, I did. Is it lunchtime?" More details TBA.
July 02175: Semi-lifelike cloned Ffordesque replicant to tour Gamma Quadrant in the Cygnus Cluster. More details TBA.
Setember 03431: Much improved Fforde cloned back to life to face execution for sedition; all works consigned to erasure.
Janfebry 008910: Last evidence of Fforde's books vanish forever with the removal of the 'Formerly Thursday Street' plaque from what is now W23-61 Rd in the conurbation known as EuroWest-79.
00012972: Visiting archeologists from Thraal-7 discover incomplete copy of Well of Lost Plots from excavation in landfill. Deciphering takes seven hundred years and a further four hundred years of academic scrutiny before being accepted as historical fact.