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Fri, 14 October 2016 Octocon 2016

It’s time for Octocon, in the Camden Court Hotel, again! It’s one of my favourite conventions in the calendar.
Here’s the schedule of events in which I’ll be participating this year:
Saturday, 15 October
Space X Time; Plot in Graphic Novels
Dave Ferguson, Maura McHugh, Anthea West, Leeann Hamilton, C.E. Murphy, Paul Bolger
11:00, A. Tivoli/Yeats
Development in a Static World
Maura [...]

Wed, 21 September 2016 FantasyCon 2016

This weekend I’ll be attending FantasyCon By the Sea, in Scarborough.
I’ll be involved in the following events during the convention:
Holding Out For a Hero
Is the Rise of the Superhero Medium Boosting Genre Fiction?
From 10:00 am – 11:00 am on Saturday, 24 September in the Palm Court Ballroom – The Grand, St Nicholas Cliff
Maura McHugh, [...]

Tue, 24 May 2016 The Image at Hay Festival, Kells

In 2013 the prestigious Hay Festival opened a chapter in the picturesque town of Kells, and the town has been hosting the event annually since then.
This year the Hay Festival, Kells is taking place from 23 – 26 June, and with technology journalist Karlin Lillington I’ve co-curated a stream of programming within the Festival [...]

Fri, 30 October 2015 World Fantasy Convention 2015

In a couple of days I’m flying to the USA with the main goal of attending the World Fantasy Convention 2015 in Saratoga Springs, NY. The lovely side-effect is getting to spend time with the amazingly talented Kate Laity before and during the convention.
I haven’t attended many WFCs – two in the UK so far. [...]

Wed, 30 September 2015 Octocon 2015

September is in its twilight now, which means the annual Irish science fiction convention, Octocon, which takes place in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin from 9-11 October, is almost upon us.
This year I’m one of the two co-Guests of Honour at the convention (along with Emma Newman), which is something I’m still humbled about.
As usual [...]

Thu, 10 September 2015 Return to Derry

I’m delighted to see the return of a comics-focused festival in Derry/Londonderry after the demise of the much-lamented 2D Comics Festival.
The ComicCity: Comics and Creative Arts Festival is happening this weekend, and features a huge array of talent from north and south of the border in Ireland, along with visitors from abroad. These special [...]

Sun, 23 November 2014 GoH at Octocon 2015

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been invited to be Guest of Honour at Octocon 2015, which is taking place in the Camden Court Hotel from 10 – 11 October 2015.
So far the other GoH who has been announced is young adult novelist Emma Newman.
I started attending Octocon as a fan, and then progressed to [...]

Wed, 24 September 2014 D.I.C.E. 2014

This weekend the third Dublin International Comics Expo (D.I.C.E) is taking place in Pembroke Square, Dundrum Town Centre, Co. Dublin, and I’m delighted to be attending as a guest.
It’s the first time I’ve been able to go to D.I.C.E – I was out of the country for both previous events – so I’m looking forward [...]

Thu, 04 September 2014 FantasyCon in York

I’ve just recovered from the double-header of Worldcon followed by Eurocon, and I’m off to York today, this time for FantasyCon – the annual convention of the British Fantasy Society.
I last visited York about 20 years ago during May, and have good memories of of the city. So, I’m looking forward to returning to the [...]

Thu, 21 August 2014 Shamrokon schedule

Tomorrow marks the start of Shamrokon in Dublin, the European science fiction convention (Eurocon) which is held in a different country each year.
After all the fun and frolics at Worldcon in London last weekend, I’m approaching this event with anticipation, tempered with a little fatigue.
Here’s my schedule:

Made In Ireland: Fantasy Classics By Irish Authors: [...]

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