And for those who are coming:
Remember that this timetable could change,
so you are advised to check your programmes
closer to the date.
- 1-2pm launch (no, not mine):
It begins for me when I wander along to Borders Bookshop, for the launch of “Baggage” edited by Gillian Pollack, published by Eneit Press. Borders South Wharf 20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf. This, I assume, is open to the general public. Everything else below, only open to members of the con.
- 5-6pm panel:
SF/F has long dealt with environmental concerns, imagining the future impacts of overpopulation, climate change, peak oil, and water shortages. Contemporary writers talk about the importance of ecological themes in their work.
Pure socialising. FB get-together: place as yet unknown.
- 1-1.30pm reading:
I’m giving a reading. Come along. I shall read from Stormlord’s Exile and possibly also the beginning of the next book, set in the Havenstar universe… Last time I gave a reading at a worldcon it was to an audience of two, one of whom was Kate Elliott (bless her), so I am keeping my fingers crossed there’ll be at least 3 this time.
- 4-5pm panel:
The trilogy seems synonymous with the fantasy story. Why is fantasy so closely tied in with the idea of the three-book story? Is it simply a marketing requirement, or are their structural advantages to the form that are not provided by the single novel. A look at the arguments for and against the trilogy, and whether it’s a tradition that’s here for good or due to be retired.
- 5-6pm panel:
Is fantasy the new vanguard of feminist politics in specfic? Fantasy authors discuss the role of gender issues in their work
- 11am signing books:
You know, the books of mine you’ll be bringing along or buying in the dealers room??*
- 12-1pm Kaffeeklatsch*:
Come and talk to me. Your chance to tell me exactly what you think of my books and ask me “Why the &@# did you do that???“… Over coffee. You’ll probably remember more than I do about my books though… It’s a roundtable discussion with a handful of readers and me – remember to book your place. You can try through Andrew email@example.com but I don’t know if they are accepting pre-bookings yet.
*Lit coffee-gossip. And it doesn’t have an ‘e’ on the end in the singular
- 3-4pm panel:
With so many fantasy novels based in a setting drawn from medieval Europe, it’s no surprise to see so many stories based around monarchies – kings and queens, princes and princesses, tyrannical emperors and long-lost heirs to the throne. How much of fantasy’s appeal is grounded in a monarchic setting, and how can this long-standing tradition of genre be updated or refreshed – or abandoned entirely?
- 10-11am panel:
It’s the age-old and widely derided question, and one more often than not dismissed or dodged by authors around the world. Despite this, the question actually deserves answering: where do authors get their ideas? A look at the hunt for inspiration, tricks and tools for stimulating creativity, and – perhaps – the ultimate answer to fiction’s oldest question.