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Mon, 02 October 2017 Octocon 2017

The National Irish Science Fiction Convention, Octocon 2017, is taking place this coming weekend.

Here’s my schedule for the convention:
FRIDAY 06 OCTOBER
08:00 PM
‘You Don’t Scare Me Anymore’ in the Salusa Secundus room
Paul Anthony Shortt, Maura McHugh, Frank E Whelan, Lynda E Rucker
SATURDAY 07 OCTOBER
06:00 PM
‘Plug In to Fear’ in the Salusa Secundus room
Esther MacCallum-Stewart, [...]

Wed, 20 September 2017 Fantasycon 2017

I’ve always found the British Fantasy Society’s annual convention, Fantasycon, to be a welcoming and friendly event, so I’m looking forward to another fun weekend of conversation and perhaps the occasional tipple at Fantasycon 2017 (29 Sept – 1 Oct).
Here’s my schedule for the event:
FRIDAY
Writers and Computer Games – 4 pm (Panel Room 1)
Maura McHugh (mod), Chris [...]

Tue, 01 August 2017 Guest of Honour Interview with Claire Wendling

I’m honoured that I’ll be interviewing Artist Guest of Honour, Claire Wendling, at WorldCon 75 in Helsinki.
It will be taking place at noon on Friday, 11 August in Messukeskus, Room 103.
Claire is a French comic book artist, illustrator, and video games concept designer, who started her career by winning the prestigious “Alph-Art avenir” (“future”/young talent) [...]

Thu, 20 July 2017 Worldcon 75

I’ll be attending the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland from 9-13 August 2017, which is the first time a WorldCon has taken place in a Nordic country.
It looks like it’s going to be a terrific event with a huge array of programming items. It will be my first time visiting Finland, and [...]

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 [...]

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