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I love attending conventions, though I only started going in 2008, because I was under the impression that they were mostly media-driven events like the ones you see on TV, with everyone dressed as Klingons and queuing up for TV stars’ autographs. However there are lots of “literary” SFF conventions where professionals get together with fans and aspiring writers to talk about their favourite genre, network and generally hang out with friends. That’s the kind of convention I like :)

Future events

2014

3-6 July: CONvergence, Bloomington Minnesota

Two panels on Saturday night: Loki Can Rule Me Any Day and Science of Sex

8-10 August: Nine Worlds Geekfest, London

14-18 August: Loncon 3 (WorldCon), London

  • PanelsFantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You? (Friday 8pm) and Imagining London: History and Fantasy (Sunday 3pm)
  • Kaffeeklatsch (Saturday, 4pm)
  • Reading (Thursday 4pm)
  • Signing (Saturday, 11am)

5-7 Sept: FantasyCon, York

25 October: BristolCon, Bristol

 


Past events

2014

18-21 April: Satellite 4 (Eastercon), Glasgow

Two panels on Friday evening: Diverse styles of fantasy writing (moderator) and “In my day, television was called books”

2013

16-17 February: PicoCon, London

29 March – 1 April: Eight Squared (Eastercon 64), Bradford

Signing (7pm Friday)

Panels: Underground LondonThe Changing Portrayal of Gender and Sexuality in SF & Fantasy, and Selling Space

13 July: Edge-Lit, Derby

Panel: The Journey Continues: Where Next for Fantasy Fiction?

9-11 August: Nine Worlds, London

Signing: 5pm Friday, Forbidden Planet stall

Panel: 5pm Saturday – Is there life beyond Game of Thrones?

12 October: Wood Green Literary Festival, London

Reading and Q&A on the theme of “fantasy London”

26 October: BristolCon, Bristol

  • 10am – Panel: moderating Seriously Inventive Ways Of Killing People, with Sara Jayne Townsend, Janet Edwards, Doug Smith and Alex Shepherd
  • 10.5o am – Reading
  • 2pm – Signing in the bar
  • 5pm – PanelMagic in Fantasy, with Storm Constantine, Snorri Kristjansson, Paul Cornell and moderator Jonathan Wright
  • 7pm – Kaffeeklatsche (sign up to have a free chat with coffee & biscuits)

31 October: Forbidden Planet, London

Signing and launch of The Prince of Lies

31 October – 3 November: World Fantasy Convention, Brighton

2012

2-5 February: SFX Weekender, Prestatyn, Wales

Panel: How to get published

31 March: Waterstones Arndale, Manchester

Signing (1.30-3pm)

6-9 April: Eastercon, Heathrow

Reading and signing (1pm Saturday)

Panels: Fantasy in Shakespeare, How pseudo do you like your medieval? and Worldbuilding: how, when and how much?

14-15 April: AltFiction, Leicester

Panel: Diversity in fantasy

18-20 May: Discover, Coalville, Leics CANCELLED

14 July: Edge-Lit, Derby

Reading – a sneak preview of The Merchant of Dreams

10-12 August: Congenial, Cambridge

Panels: Does a background in gaming help or hinder writers? and Cities of the Mind

30 August – 3 September: Chicon 7 (WorldCon), Chicago

Reading and signing, plus 3 panels: Writing gender roles in science fiction; “To Be” or not “To Be”: Constructed languages in SF&F; and Why I love my editor

27-30 September: FantasyCon, Brighton

Reading (11am Saturday) – The Merchant of Dreams

20 October: BristolCon, Bristol

Reading (6.50pm), plus a panel: The Evolution and Future of Steampunk

17 November: Central Library, Sheffield

Reading and signing

 

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