Space, Time, Machine and Monster returns

Following a hugely successful first outing in Pontypridd in 2008, the Space, Time, Machine & Monster literary festival returned for two days packed full of science-fiction, fantasy and horror. Attendees enjoyed talks, workshops, film screenings, panel events and competitions for adults and teens.

Event highlights included a talk with Rhianna Pratchett on the world of narrative gaming; and Page to Screen: Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror with Catherine Bray who is currently editor of and a regular guest presenter on BBC1′s Film 2013 With Claudia Winkleman. Plus, Mark Brake and Jon Chase disclosed the real science behind Doctor Who, Catherine Fisher and Gwilym Games explored the work of Arthur Machen and Dimitra Fimi gave a presentation on J.R.R. Tolkien.

There was also the chance to explore the world of Warhammer and take part in a series of battles waging throughout the day, or you could create your own animated alien universe, zombie comic and even your own origami Star Wars character. The programme featured a top line-up of speakers, authors and illustrators including, Huw Aaron, Ben Aaronovitch, Horatio Clare, Jasper Fforde, Catherine Fisher, Gwyneth Lewis, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Volk and many more.

Bestselling fantasy author Jasper Fforde commented: “There are clearly not enough zombies or Time Travel in South Wales, and I am delighted to see Literature Wales addressing that imbalance”