#CYMERA2020: Scotland's SFFH Book Festival returns

by Ann Landmann in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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#Cymera2020 - like #Cymera19, but with added bits!

by Ann Landmann in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

More authors, more free tickets, more cups of tea for our volunteers. There might even be biscuits!

The Return of CYMERA: Scotland's Festival of Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing

5th to 7th June 2020, The Pleasance, Edinburgh

In June 2019 CYMERA took over The Pleasance in Edinburgh for a full weekend of talks, workshops, readings, chatting and a spot of dancing. Over 70 authors joined us, from international bestsellers like Ben Aaronovitch, Samantha Shannon and V.E. Schwab to local legends such as Ken MacLeod and James Oswald.  Plus 11 writing workshops, book groups, open mics and our Creator's Hall full of local talent. 

The response to our 2019 festival was amazing, and CYMERA hopes to continue to inspire you, bring people together and provide exciting and fun opportunities for those involved in the genre. 

We can't make this happen without your support!

Your donation, however big or small, will help us

      Pay a fee to every panelist appearing at the festival

      Bring speakers from all around the UK to Edinburgh

      Host our free social events where everyone is welcome

      Give free tickets to our talks to those who can’t afford them

      Feed and clothe our fantastic festival volunteers

So grab some exclusive CYMERA merchandise, a copy of the award-winning Shoreline to Infinity (CYMERA edition) and an early-bird weekend pass to enjoy unlimited access* to all the fun at the best price!

All merchandise, with the exception of the issue of Shoreline of Infinity, will be posted out in May 2020. The Shoreline issue is launching exclusively at CYMERA, so you can collect your copy in person at the festival, or we can post it out to you after the festival.

*The Weekend Pass

Grab a weekend pass to the whole festival at our early-bird price! This pass will guarantee you a front row seat for all the big talks. For smaller talks, we ask you to reserve a seat in advance once the programme is announced. Plays are included in the weekend pass, however writing workshops are not. More info to follow.


The brainchild of a merry band of genre readers and writers and book festival enthusiasts, CYMERA brings together readers and writers to celebrate Science-Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing, with the added fun of a convention. This means a curated programme of talks, debates and writing workshops, plus a quiz night where you can test your genre knowledge, open mics, a creator's hall, an evening cabaret courtesy of Event Horizon and a cosplay ceilidh. Yes, you read that right. 

Our venue is The Pleasance, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ, with fully wheelchair accessible spaces, lots of room, an on-site bar and café. The venue is within walking distance from Edinburgh's main train station and there are plenty of bus links. 

We will be announcing our full 2020 programme at the beginning of March 2020, and tickets will be available from our website from mid-March 2020.  Put it in your diary now!


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£5 or more

Wild Haggis

A big Thank You on our website and our eternal love.

£10 or more

Impish Bogle

A big Thank You on our website AND a shiny enamel badge with the CYMERA logo

£10 or more

8 of 100 claimed

Guards! Guards!

A ticket for Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! on a day of your choice - Friday 5th, Saturday 6th or Sunday 7th June. By choosing this reward, you are helping us pay towards costumes, props and the cast. (Note: Plays are included in the weekend pass.)

£15 or more

Curious Selkie

A big Thank you, a shiny enamel badge AND a CYMERA travel mug made from bamboo

£20 or more

Spirited Kelpie

A big Thank you, a shiny enamel badge, a CYMERA travel mug AND the 2020 double-sided tote bag with the names of all our speakers

£25 or more

Valiant Unicorn

A big Thank you, a shiny enamel badge, a CYMERA travel mug, the 2020 double-sided tote bag AND a copy of the award-winning Shoreline of Infinity magazine (CYMERA issue, June 2020)

£65 or more

Canny Nessie: Early-Bird Weekend Pass

Get your hands on an early-bird CYMERA Weekend Pass! Access to all our talks with guaranteed front row seats to all our big events, and priority ticket reservation for our smaller ones. Excludes writing workshops.

£90 or more

13 of 30 claimed

Ferocious Stoor Worm

A big Thank you, a shiny enamel badge, a CYMERA travel mug, the 2020 double-sided tote bag and a copy of the award-winning Shoreline of Infinity magazine (CYMERA issue, June 2020) PLUS our early-bird weekend pass

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