Cosmia Festival 2020

Cosmia Festival is a multi-arts event, based in Huddersfield, UK inspired by science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction. The theme for 2020 is “The End of the World as we know it” and will be exploring climate change and apocalyptic fiction. The title was chosen back in November 2019!

Award winning authors, prize-winning books, interviews and readings. It’s the end of the world with zombies, bees, a toothbrush, swans and tattoos.

Featuring advice on creative writing, tips on getting published, cleaning the environment, surviving an apocalypse and enduring trials of extinction.

Our library events will take place in cyberspace via our Facebook and Youtube channels. Streamed live and recorded for watching whenever.


View the full festival programme at:


Festival Launch:

An interview with Hanna Jameson

Friday, October 23, 7.00pm – 8.00pm @ Kirklees Libraries Online

Cosmia Festival 2020 kicks off with an interview with the author of The Last, Something You Are, Girl Seven. Hanna Jameson wrote her first book at the age of seventeen. Q Magazine described her as writing like ‘an angel on speed’. She travelled the USA, Japan and Europe for many years, developing a particular interest in the US, which led to her studying for a BA in American History. She wrote The Last, her first book for Penguin, during the fallout from the 2016 presidential election. She has the skillset of a wild west gunslinger and you would want her on your zombie apocalypse team.

Contains adult themes and is recommended for adults and older teens.


Bren MacDibble
Saturday, October 24, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm @ Kirklees Libraries Online

Hear from the award-winning Australian author of How to Bee, The Dog Runner and Across the Risen Sea. This session will look at climate change in an adventure story.  Bren was nominated for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal

Bren MacDibble
Bren was raised in a muddle of backwater villages, farms and towns in heartland New Zealand. When Bren was young, she’d only eat bread and honey, and that honey got deep into her bones and made her love bees. When she was a teenager, she’d spend hours tapping out stories on an old typewriter. The wonderful children’s and young adult books she read with her own kids inspired her back into writing. She has a special interest in science fiction and loves to write to explore the future.

M. G. Leonard

Monday, October 26 2020 11.00am-12.00pm @ Kirklees Libraries Online

M. G. Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling writer of children’s books. Her books have been translated into over forty languages and a TV series based on the Beetle Boy trilogy is currently in development. She is a vice president of charity Buglife and her beetles have appeared on Blue Peter, Springwatch Unsprung, Countryfile, Meet the Author with James Naughtie, Sky News, and featured in the BBC documentary, The Bug Couple. Her newest project is Adventures on Trains.

The Tale of a Toothbrush: A Story of Plastic in Our Oceans (Illustrated by Daniel Rieley) (Walker Books 2020)
Children use their toothbrush each morning and evening, and get new ones every few months. That’s billions of toothbrushes! What happens to them all when they’re no longer needed? And if toothbrushes never break down, what does that mean for our planet? With a fun cast of plastic characters, from the yellow toothbrush Sammy to pirate-ship bottles and dancing shampoos, The Tale of a Toothbrush is a positive and heart-warming story to help children explore the impact their choices have on our planet.
Recommended for families.

Catherine Fisher

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 11:00am – 12:00pm @ Kirklees Libraries Online

Catherine has won many awards and much critical acclaim for her work.

Her first novel, The Conjuror’s Game, was shortlisted for the Smarties Books prize and The Snow-Walker’s Son for the W.H.Smith Award. Equally acclaimed is her quartet The Book of the Crow, a classic of fantasy fiction.  Her futuristic novel Incarceron was published to widespread praise in 2007, winning the Mythopoeic Society of America’s Children’s Fiction Award and selected by The Times as its Children’s Book of the Year.

Catherine will be introducing us to the latest novel in her award winning Clockwork Crow series.  In The Midnight Swan, Seren might be facing her most dangerous adventure yet – with an invisible girl, a parliament of owls and a pen that writes by itself. Recommended for ages 10+

Catherine’s writing can be found at:

Alice Broadway

Wednesday, October 28, 4.00pm – 5:00pm @ Kirklees Libraries Online

Alice Broadway

A Bit About Me. I’m living my dream. I get to write stories as my job – I daydream and wonder and create new worlds. My first novel, INK was one of the bestselling UKYA novels of 2017. The second and third books in the trilogy: SPARK and SCAR are out now.

Recommended for Young Adults.  

Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola

Thursday, October 29, 11.00 am – 12.00pm at Kirklees Libraries Online

Join us to hear from the creators – author Nathan Bryon and illustrator Dapo Adeola – of Clean Up! an early years picture book about climate change and the environment.  Clean Up! is the sequel to Nathan and Dapo’s debut Look Up!

Join lovable, passionate Rocket as she sets off on a mission to save a Caribbean island from plastic pollution!

This is a heartwarming, timely and empowering picture book, showing how we ALL can make a difference.



Ben Oliver and Kesia Lupo

Friday, October 30, 7.00pm – 8.00pm @ Kirklees Libraries Online

Hear from the authors of The Loop and author of We Are Bound by Stars This is perfect for young people interested in creative writing and getting published.

Ben Oliver is a writer of YA, sci-fi and speculative fiction. He grew up in Scotland and began writing long before he could spell.  Ben’s futuristic YA trilogy The Loop will be published by Chicken House in 2020 and has been optioned for TV by Lime Pictures.

Kesia Lupo studied History at Oxford University and Creative Writing at Bath Spa. She lives in Bristol with her husband and works as a children’s book editor, writing in the mornings before work.  Her debut YA novel, We are Blood and Thunder, was published by Bloomsbury (April 2019).

Recommended for young adults and adults.



Nicky Singer

Saturday, October 31, 3.00pm – 4.00pm @ Kirklees Libraries Online

Nicky has written four novels for adults, two books of non-fiction but most of her recent work is for young people.  Her first children’s novel Feather Boy won the Blue Peter ‘Book of the Year’ Award, was adapted for TV (winning a BAFTA for Best Children’s Drama) and then commissioned by the National Theatre as a musical.

Her new novel The Survival Game is a migration road-movie about a girl with a bullet-less gun and what she’s prepared to risk – or sacrifice – to stay alive in a climate ravaged world. If you want to join the conversation about how to keep our planet beautiful and our future bright, check the #ChooseLovetoSurvive campaign.



Festival finale! S.M. Wilson

Sunday, November 1, 2020 7.00pm – 8.00pm @ Kirklees Libraries Online

The last event of the Festival is S.M. Wilson talking about The Extinction Trials series and The Infinity Files.

S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland. Her day job is as a nurse in public health – and her dream job is writing fiction. Her love of YA fiction started as a teenager and has never stopped. She wrote The Extinction Trials to try and infect her sons with the same love of reading that she has – watch out, she’s hoping it’s contagious!

The Extinction Trials

​Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival. Welcome to The Extinction Trials…

Her new novel The Survival Game is a migration road-movie about a girl with a bullet-less gun and what she’s prepared to risk – or sacrifice – to stay alive in a climate ravaged world. If you want to join the conversation about how to keep our planet beautiful and our future bright, check the #ChooseLovetoSurvive campaign.