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Issue:- 18 October  2012

Iain M Banks in Liverpool Town Hall

ON Friday, 12 October 2012, Iain M Banks, visited Liverpool Town Hall and was greeted by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Sharon Sullivan, who was very quickly made into an huge fan after hearing his very entertaining presentation. If you do not know who Iain M. Banks is, well his is one of the biggest selling science fiction novelists, and he is currently rated as the best seller within that genre. At present he is the author of 10 science fiction novels and 1 short fiction collection. His explained, at this event, how his science fiction novels grew. It was quite different kind of story to that which most writers would have given. He was very lively and highly entertaining, with a fantastic ability to paint a picture through verbal descriptions, of his thought processes and the environments that led to his work being published. With such a lot of humour, as the Lord Mayor pointed out, he could have easily been a comedian. What a refreshing and highly enlightening experience this was for all who attended. Tony Higginson from Formby Books, who had organised the event said:- "Iain M Banks  was fantastic, as are his books. It was a super night and a worthy way to celebrate the 25 years of 'Culture''... I have to say that the Lord Mayor of Liverpool was exceptionally accommodating and helpful to all our requests: Thank you. I have been told that she found this event great fun, as did the audience. A massive thank you must also go to the Town Hall staff, for helping me put this seriously cool Sci-Fi Special." If you want to buy a copy of his new book:- "Hydrogen Sonata", ISBN-10: 0356501507 - ISBN-13: 978-0356501505)  you can get it via:- A few video highlights will be added to our newspaper’s Facebook page very soon.

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