Posts Tagged "fantasy"

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 [...]

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: [...]

Thu, 08 May 2014 Bone Mother optioned

I’m delighted to announce that my short story ‘Bone Mother’ has been optioned by the National Film Board of Canada’s Animation Studio with the view to make a short stop-motion animated film, which will be adapted and directed by Sylvie Trouvé and Dale Hayward, and produced for the NFB by Jelena Popovic.
I’m going to cut [...]

Mon, 07 October 2013 Octocon 2013 schedule

It’s that time of the year again, which means I’ll be in The Camden Court Hotel in Dublin this weekend (12-13 October) attending one of my favourite conventions: Octocon.
There are two terrific guests of honour that I’m very excited about meeting: comic book writer Gail Simone, and author Richard K Morgan. Both of them have [...]

Wed, 10 July 2013 a whole new world…

I’m not new to the concept of Cosplay and multi-media conventions. Last year I attended MCM Expo in London, along with Rob Curley and Stephen Downey, because our comic Jennifer Wilde was nominated for an Eagle Award. It’s one of the biggest cons of this type in the UK, and they got about 60,000+ people [...]

Mon, 07 May 2012 British Fantasy Awards 2012 – nominees

The short-lists have been announced for the 2012 British Fantasy Awards:
Novel

11.22.63 by Stephen King (Scribner)
Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor Books)
Cyber Circus by Kim Lakin-Smith (NewCon Press)
A Dance with Dragons by George R R Martin (Bantam)
The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
The Ritual by Adam Nevill (Pan)

There will be two awards in the best Novel [...]

Sun, 17 July 2011 arts festival parade 2011

The annual Macnas parade during the Galway Arts Festival is always an event. Macnas is a street theatre company which has garnared an international reputation for its colourful and inventive parades.
This year it did not disappoint with an extravaganza called This Fierce Beauty.

One of the things I like about the parade is the typical relaxed [...]

Wed, 13 October 2010 Octocon 2010

This weekend I’ll be a guest at the 2010 Octocon convention in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin. The Guest of Honour is George R.R. Martin, best known as the author of the A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels.
The first novel in the series, Game of Thrones, is currently being filmed in Northern [...]

Thu, 30 September 2010 role reversal

The above photograph of a sea horse was taken in July, when I visited the Galway Aquarium with a good friend who was staying with me on vacation.
I’d been to the Aquarium once before and had been surprised at how much I’d enjoyed the excursion. The Galway Aquarium is tiny by international standards, but [...]

Thu, 27 May 2010 cresting the big wave

I’ve been working on the web site redevelopment of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild for a long time. I do a lot of web-related work for the Guild, including managing all of its social media outlets, which every organisation needs to maintain these days. A big job like a web site overhaul requires large [...]

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