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Hello there folks

Today is going to be another exciting release about ICON 2017 and the stall I have there.

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All about ICON 2017

Gallagher Estate – Hall 2 (Midrand)
Friday 16th June (public holiday) 9am to 6 pm
Saturday 17th June 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 18th June 9 am to 5 pm
Tickets: R120.00 – Day pass
R250.00 – Weekend pass


From what you know so far, Abi Godsell (which is me) is going to be manning her stall in Artists Alley at ICON 2017 doing a little of her usual: book sales of her titles (Relative Scale and Idea War 1), books sales of our favourite friendly publisher Sera Blue’s titles (Relative Scale, Crimson Skies and The Zebra Twins meet Ponkles) and launching a book (Idea War 2, not all that surprisingly, the sequel to Idea War 1 – check out everything you need to know about Idea War 1 here).

But I’m also going to be doing a little more than that.

First off, I’ve told you guys about David Horscroft’s Fletcher, who’ll be finding a point of sale at my stall, retailing at R200.00 stand alone or R180.00 with any other book.

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Next you heard about the super exciting partnership with the Fairee Factoree, who will be selling polymer clay artwork pieces, both related and unrelated to some of my writing.

Finally, you know about the Live Read and Q and A session that I will be giving on Friday the 16th at 14:00 pm on the workshop stage where you folks get to pelt me with questions.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL (And won’t be till, like Tuesday next week)

Today, I am very excited to announce that Abi Godsell (still me) will be hosting some wonderful titles from another local online bookstore and independent publishing service: Clockwork books



Clockwork Books has a online store dedicated to local works of fiction and non-fiction, and is an incredibly exciting retailer in this age of precarious brick-and-mortar bookshops. Here you can find an assortment of delights, some sourced from the local literary scene, others produced in house by the Clockwork books publishing team themselves. The face behind the magic machine, Sarah McGregor, is likely to be hanging around the stall for questions on Saturday, so feel free to come an introduce yourself and chat about books, writing and South African literary futures.

What I’m most excited about today though, are the clockwork books titles that are going to be available through the stall.


You’ll be able to get your hands on The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolkit for Kids by Jo Hamilton:


Which is described by clockwork books as:

20 tools to help children cope when faced with meanness or bullying, 20 proven strategies to teach assertiveness to even the most reticent child.

The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids is written in a friendly, easy-going tone that will appeal to kids, but even parents and other adults will find these tips useful. Jo highlights respectful, thoughtful responses to unkind words or deeds, helping the unsure child grow in confidence while tapping into their smarts.

Each tool is delivered with descriptions of situations in which it might be useful, as well as when a tool should perhaps not be used and things to watch out for.

Written by a school psychologist with teaching experience, The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids will be valuable to parents and teachers too.

The Toolkit retails from the stall at R220.00 stand alone, and R200.00 in combination with any other book from the stall.


You’ll also be able to get a hot-the-presses thriller featuring science gone wrong, arctic landscapes, and the kind of medical drama that I hope to never experience first-hand.


Fiona Snyckers The Spire was launched on June 1st this year, and is described by clockwork books as follows:

A box of mutated and cryogenically frozen viruses is brought under heavy guard to SPIRE, a remote research station in Antarctica. Within days, people are dying of diseases that haven’t been seen since the middle ages.

Surgeon and virologist, Dr Caroline Burchell, struggles to contain the outbreak as a vicious polar storm descends on SPIRE. The weather prevents any help from getting through to the loneliest outpost on earth.

Soon Caroline discovers that the only thing worse than being alone in this desolate place, is not being alone.

This compulsive thriller with its compassionate and resourceful heroine will keep you turning pages late into the night. SPIRE is a sequel to Fiona Snyckers’ suspense novel Now Following You, which was long-listed for the Sunday Times Literary Award.

Not only will the stall be able to sell you The Spire for R220.00 stand alone, or R200.00 in combination with any other book on the stall, but if you happen to be at ICON around lunchtime on Saturday the 17th, you might just be able to meet the author and ask for a signature!


Basically, there will be a lot to do at (how do I say this right? If I were a company like Clockwork Books, it would be The Clockwork Books stall, but The Abi Godsell stall sounds awful, Abi Godsell’s Stall means I’m talking in the third person again and the stall is unhelpful in its ambiguity)


Basically, there will be a lot to do at my stall: books and artworks to buy, authors and publishers to meet, the usual round-robin story contest to participate in (with a bit of a twist for this year, check out Friday’s post) and general entertainment to be had around writing in South Africa. It would be delightful to see you there, or just wandering around ICON 2017 at all.


All about ICON 2017

Gallagher Estate – Hall 2 (Midrand)
Friday 16th June (public holiday) 9am to 6 pm
Saturday 17th June 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 18th June 9 am to 5 pm
Tickets: R120.00 – Day pass
R250.00 – Weekend pass


Till Friday, folks!


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