Opening a book and immediately seeing a map can only mean one thing: a great adventure lies ahead. Whether it’s a sprawling fantasy epic or a swashbuckling high-seas tale, maps can transport readers to faraway lands and display wondrous new worlds.

In this panel event, we’ll discuss maps in fiction, such as the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, as well the fascinating history of maps, both fictional and real. Panellists include author and academic Jerry Brotton, best-selling fantasy and science fiction author Adrian Tchaikovsky and fantasy cartographer Greg Shipp.

About The Speakers

Jerry Brotton

Jerry Brotton is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. He is a writer, broadcaster and curator, and has published extensively on maps, including the bestselling and award winning ‘A History of the World in Twelve Maps’. He is co-curator of the Bodleian Library’s ‘Talking Maps’ exhibition.


Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky is a science-fiction and fantasy author based in Leeds whose works include the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt and Echoes of the Fall series. Other major works include Dogs of War, Redemption’s Blade, Cage of Souls, He has won the Arthur C Clarke award for his novel Children of Time, and the BFA award for The Tiger and the Wolf.

Greg Shipp

Fantasy cartographer based in the South West.

About The Chair

David Barnett

David Barnett is an author and journalist based in West Yorkshire. His latest novel is Calling Major Tom, published by Trapeze. He writes mainly for the UK national press on books, culture and general topics, and is published regularly in the Guardian, Independent, and several magazines and online platforms.