I’ll be at a guest at Octocon again this weekend! In case you don’t know, Octocon is a SFF convention held in Dublin – and one of the very few I feel comfortable attending. It’s small, friendly, and very creative-oriented which means it features a wealth of in-depth, stimulating (and fun) conversations between panels of professional writers and artists every year. I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in reading/writing or viewing anything SFF oriented.
This year I’ll have a sales table (I don’t usually) As a tribute to my designers I’ll be selling those international editions of Moorehawke, Resonance and Into the Grey which feature my favourite covers and which aren’t usually available in Ireland.
I’ll also be selling Moorehawke, Resonance and Into the Grey related badges :D (see photo below)
OK, so below is my schedule for the weekend, if you feel like catching up with me specifically. You can also probably catch me in the sales room between panels. CLICK HERE for the full schedule and all the other fantastic guests
The Feels Panel: Punching People In The Heart
Friday 19:00 – 20:00, A. Tivoli/Yeats room (Camden Court Hotel)
Why do we like to be emotionally tortured by the fate of fictional characters? How do you break the frozen heart? Feels & How To Generate Them: a guide from the masters of making us cry.
Janet O’Sullivan (M), Diane Duane, Michael Carroll, Celine Kiernan
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, A. Tivoli/Yeats room (Camden Court Hotel)
From the Wee Free Men to Star Trek to Judge Dredd, what are the elements you have to protect and where can you get away with innovation beyond style when moving from one medium to another?
Michael Carroll, Rhianna Pratchett, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Celine Kiernan, Janet O’Sullivan (M)
The Arc of Women’s Fandom
Saturday 14:00 – 15:00, E. Wexford room (Camden Court Hotel)
On the spaces women have been carving out for each other in fandom, the fandoms women create, and how those spaces can get taken away and reclaimed. Who are the women who built these spaces? What makes these spaces worth fighting for when they no longer feel safe? What makes women-led fandom unique?
Ruth F. Long, Maura McHugh, Celine Kiernan, Fionnuala Murphy (M)
Writers vs. Animators
Saturday 17:00 – 18:00, A. Tivoli/Yeats room (Camden Court Hotel)
Creating animation is a complex and sometimes rewarding process. Explore the path of the creative energy that crackles from one side of the drawing board to the other.
John Vaughan (M), Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Celine Kiernan, Paul Bolger
Late Night Panel: LGBTQIA Representation In Genre Fiction
Saturday 19:00 – 20:00, C. Gaiety room (Camden Court Hotel)
We have gone from minor characters to major characters to being worried who represents us. From dying in the first act to being the lead. What works of fiction are moving LGBTQIA representation beyond being “those poor unfortunate souls”?
James Brophy (M), Dave Ferguson, Danielle Lavigne, Lora O’Brien, Ruth F. Long, Celine Kiernan