One special week each year a small group of published writers of SF (speculative fiction of all stripes) get together in a secluded residential location in North Wales, to workshop ideas and discuss work in progress. It's the Milford SF Writers' Conference, just known as Milford for short.
It's been held in the UK annually for 40 years. It began in Milford Pennsylvania and then in 1972 it was brought to the UK by James Blish and his wife, Judy.
Milford is a very special event. Being there is like taking time-out from the real world. There are no leaders and no followers, just a group of peers working through a very intense week of reading, critting, discussing and socialising - all in a mutually supportive atmosphere. It's a great way for writers to recharge their creative batteries.
In this anthology you'll find seven of my short stories plus a selection of great stories by writers I've met and workshopped with at Milford since my first attendance in 1998.