Weekly news roundup

Both Damian O’Connor and Rosanne Rabinowitz have had stories accepted for The Mammoth Book of the Vatican Vaults, pencilled for release in Spring 2015 – congrats to both

And Gaie Sebold’s steampunk-inspired novel Shangai Sparrow is being launched at London’s Forbidden Planet on Thursday 8th May (18.00-19.00) From Forbidden Planet’s website:

Eveline Duchen is a thief and con-artist, surviving day by day on the streets of London, where the glittering spires of progress rise on the straining backs of the poor and disenfranchised. Where the Folk, the otherworldly children of fairy tales and legends, have all but withdrawn. Caught in an act of deception by the implacable Mr Holmforth, Evvie is offered a stark choice: transportation to the colonies, or an education – and utter commitment to Her Majesty’s Service – at Miss Cairngrim’s harsh school for female spies. But on the decadent streets of Shanghai, where the Empire’s corruption is laid bare, Holmforth is about to make a devil’s bargain, and Eveline’s choices could change the future of two worlds…