The David Gemmell Awards and World Fantasy Con.

Last thursday night I attended the David Gemmell Awards, which took place at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton. To my geeky glee and surprise Malice made it into the shortlist for the Morningstar Award for best fantasy debut of 2012.

The event was great, with James Barclay giving an awesome rendition of a Druss speech from Legend – my boys Edward and William were enraptured and have since fought over my copy of Legend, think I’ll have to buy them a copy each.

The Ravenheart Award went to Didier Graffet for his awesome work on Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country, and Brent Weeks took home the mighty axe Snaga for the Legend Award – massive congratulations to both of them.

To my utter shock and joy Malice won the Morningstar Award – I haven’t stopped grinning yet. David Gemmell has been a huge influence on me, starting many years ago with Legend (back when I had hair), so to be honoured with an award that bears his name really is indescribable. Suffice to say it was a moment that I shall never ever forget, made all the more special by the fact that my family were there to share in the grinning. I’d like to say a massive thank-you to my wife and children for putting up with all those far-away looks when my brain was off visiting the Banished Lands, to my agent John Jarrold and my editor at Tor UK, Julie Crisp, for both their belief and guidance in making Malice a reality, and of course to all of you that voted for Malice – you’ve made a bald man with hairy hobbit-feet very happy!

Me with Michael Marshall Smith, the kind chap who awarded me the Morningstar.

Me with Michael Marshall Smith, the kind chap who awarded me the Morningstar.

The Gwynnes in shock.

The Gwynnes in shock.

With Stan Nicholls, author, part organizer of the awards and all-round top bloke, and Julie Crisp, my lovely editor at Tor UK.

With Stan Nicholls, author, part organizer of the awards and all-round top bloke, and Julie Crisp, my lovely editor at Tor UK.

Immediately after the Awards there was a party and book launch for the Legends Anthology, a collection of short stories in honour of David Gemmell. It’s a great collection by a host of fabulous writers. The party was great fun, with me swinging between delirious joy and fan-worship!

Me, Edward and William with a certain Joe Abercrombie.

Me, Edward and William with a certain Joe Abercrombie.

James Barclay mesmerizing us with tales of David Gemmell.

James Barclay mesmerizing us with tales of David Gemmell.

Some cool Tor authors - Mark Charan Newton and Seth Patrick joining the fun.

Some cool Tor authors – Mark Charan Newton and Seth Patrick joining the fun.

Following on from the David Gemmell Awards came three days of World Fantasy Con, my first convention and a thoroughly great experience. My son Edward came with me. I managed to fit in a reading, a podcast interview with the cool Moses Siregar and some book signing, but mostly it was just nice to soak up the atmosphere, meet some great people and make new friends. Here are a few photos from the Con.

Edward having a book signed by Patrick -the beard - Rothfuss.

Edward having a book signed by Patrick -the beard – Rothfuss.

Cupcakes and whiskey tumblers at the Tor UK 10th Anniversary party.

Cupcakes and whiskey tumblers at the Tor UK 10th Anniversary party.

Adam Neville - the great British horror author, who won the BFS award for best horror novel of 2012 - congratulations Adam.

Adam Neville – the great British horror author, who won the BFS award for best horror novel of 2012 – congratulations Adam.

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Edward getting his copy of Drakenfeld signed by the marvellous Mark Charan Newton.

Edward getting his copy of Drakenfeld signed by the marvellous Mark Charan Newton.

John Jarrold's clients party.

John Jarrold’s clients party.

Both the Gemmell Awards and World Fantasy Con were great events, brilliantly organized and great fun. A big thank-you to all those involved in bringing them to windswept Brighton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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