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In conversation in LitFic panel “Preserving the Unicorn” at Triskele LitFest

 
I was chuffed to join Galley Beggar Press publisher Sam Jordison and novelists Dan Holloway, Sunny Singh, Catriona Troth and Alex Pheby, in a zippily-titled event on 17 September called “Preserving the Unicorn”, which was the Literary Fiction panel at the Triskele LitFest 2016. Steered by the generous moderation of Catriona, the conversation was a sparky round of fun, whose mission was to explore (in the words of festival organisers Triskele Books) “how novelists and editors work together when a novel’s text, at first sight, defies conventional wisdom about how a narrative ‘should’ be put together. Ground-breaking novels, by their nature, break the rules. How does an editor work to hone such a text, without destroying the unique magic the author has created?”

As shown at Triskele’s blog and in the video-player here below, Dan’s and my contribution comprised (1) a song-and-dance routine, closely followed by (2) a soft-shoe shuffle (well OK, maybe not literally those things, but spiritually so, you understand). We also talked about the great editorial input he’s providing to my upcoming novel The Beasts of Electra Drive through his Rogue Interrobang service. And Sunny and Alex focused on their editorial journeys at Quartet Books and Galley Beggar respectively.

Many thanks to all the Triskelites for having me aboard. And thanks in particular to Catriona Troth for organising much of the whole festival, reading the words of all unicorns beforehand and firing intelligent questions at us; and to JJ Marsh for conceiving of and naming the panel. Below are a few snapshots.

And regarding the actual novel that I was babbling about…

From Hollywood Hills mansions and Century City towers, to South Central motels and the oceanside refinery, The Beasts of Electra Drive by Rohan Quine spans a mythic L.A., following seven spectacular characters (or Beasts) from games designer Jaymi’s created world. The intensity of those Beasts’ creation cycles leads to their secret release into real life in human form, and their combative protection of him from destructive rivals at mainstream company Bang Dead Games. A prequel to Quine’s existing five tales, The Beasts of Electra Drive is a fast-paced and surreal explosion of glamour and beauty, horror and enchantment, celebrating the mechanisms and magic of creativity itself.

Catriona Troth, Rohan Quine, Dan Holloway, Sunny Singh, Galley Beggar Press publisher Sam Jordison, and Alex Pheby, 'Preserving the Unicorn' Literary Fiction panel, at Triskele Books' Triskele LitFest 2016, London
Catriona Troth, Rohan Quine, Dan Holloway, Sunny Singh, Galley Beggar Press publisher Sam Jordison, and Alex Pheby, “Preserving the Unicorn” Literary Fiction panel, at Triskele Books’ Triskele LitFest 2016, Angel, London.
 

Alex Pheby, Sunny Singh, Rohan Quine, Sam Jordison & Dan Holloway, in Triskele LitFest 2016's 'Preserving the Unicorn' panel on LitFic
Alex Pheby, Sunny Singh, Rohan Quine, Sam Jordison & Dan Holloway, “Preserving the Unicorn” Literary Fiction panel, at Triskele Books’ Triskele LitFest 2016, London.
 

Rohan Quine, Dan Holloway, Catriona Troth, Sunny Singh, Sam Jordison and Alex Pheby in Triskele LitFest 2016's 'Preserving the Unicorn' panel on LitFic
 

Catriona Troth, Rohan Quine & Dan Holloway, 'Preserving the Unicorn' Literary Fiction panel, at Triskele Books' Triskele LitFest 2016, London (photo by Katharine D'Souza)
Catriona Troth, Rohan Quine and Dan Holloway, “Preserving the Unicorn” Literary Fiction panel, at Triskele Books’ Triskele LitFest 2016, Angel, London (photo by Katharine D’Souza).
 

Rohan Quine at Triskele Books' Triskele LitFest 2016 (photo by Julie Lewis / Triskele Books)
Rohan Quine (photo by Julie Lewis / Triskele Books).
 

Rohan Quine at Triskele Books' Triskele LitFest 2016 (photo by Julie Lewis / Triskele Books)
Rohan Quine (photo by Julie Lewis / Triskele Books).
 

Rohan Quine, Dan Holloway, Sunny Singh, Alex Pheby, Sam Jordison and Catriona Troth, 'Preserving the Unicorn' Literary Fiction panel, at Triskele Books' Triskele LitFest 2016, London
 

Rohan Quine, Dan Holloway, Sunny Singh, Alex Pheby, Sam Jordison and Catriona Troth, 'Preserving the Unicorn' Literary Fiction panel, at Triskele Books' Triskele LitFest 2016, London

In LitFic panel “Preserving the Unicorn” at Triskele LitFest 2016, London 17 September

 
I’ll be in the filmed Literary Fiction panel at the Triskele LitFest 2016, talking about my upcoming novel The Beasts of Electra Drive. I’m pleased to see the panel has the sassy/horsy/horny title “Preserving the Unicorn”:

http://triskelelitfest.blogspot.co.uk/p/preserving-unicorn-our-panel-bringing.html

I’ll be in conversation with the novel’s developmental editor Dan Holloway, Galley Beggar Press publisher Sam Jordison, Galley Beggar author Alex Pheby and Quartet Books author Sunny Singh, with author Catriona Troth chairing. As the Festival’s website says, the panel will explore how novelists and editors “work together when a novel’s text, at first sight, defies conventional wisdom about how a narrative ‘should’ be put together. Ground-breaking novels, by their nature, break the rules. How does an editor work to hone such a text, without destroying the unique magic the author has created?” Dan is giving great editorial input on The Beasts of Electra Drive, having just started working on it through his Rogue Interrobang service, and I’m looking forward to seeing how his and my process may echo or differ from the equivalent processes at Galley Beggar and Quartet.

TLF16 will also have several panels devoted to other cool categories of fiction, plus a bookshop selling books by all panellists and many other authors. And it’s free to get in. So do check out the Triskele LitFest link above, and please come join us at Lift, 45 White Lion Street, N1 9PW, a couple of minutes’ walk west of Angel station. The Festival runs from 1.00 to 6.00 p.m., with “Preserving the Unicorn” from 5.00 to 6.00 p.m.

From Hollywood Hills mansions and Century City towers, to South Central motels and the oceanside refinery, The Beasts of Electra Drive by Rohan Quine spans a mythic L.A., following seven spectacular characters (or Beasts) from games designer Jaymi’s created world. The intensity of those Beasts’ creation cycles leads to their secret release into real life in human form, and their combative protection of him from destructive rivals at mainstream company Bang Dead Games. A prequel to the existing five tales, The Beasts of Electra Drive is a fast-paced and surreal explosion of glamour and beauty, horror and enchantment, celebrating the mechanisms and magic of creativity itself.

Rohan Quine, Dan Holloway, Catriona Troth, Sam Jordison, Sunny Singh and Alex Pheby in Triskele LitFest 2016's 'Preserving the Unicorn' panel on LitFic

 

Rohan Quine, Dan Holloway, Catriona Troth, Sunny Singh, Sam Jordison and Alex Pheby in Triskele LitFest 2016's 'Preserving the Unicorn' panel on LitFic

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