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. [...]
Mon, 11 August 2014 Loncon 3 schedule
I’m heading over to London on Wednesday evening for the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention (Loncon 3), which is taking place in the ExCel, London Dockland from 14 – 18 August.
Here’s my schedule of events during the weekend:
12pm Friday, August 15
What Do You Mean You Don’t Watch … Orphan Black, Grimm or The Returned
Capital Suite [...]
Thu, 30 May 2013 2D Bound
Later today I’m starting my journey to Derry, including an overnight stop, for the annual 2D Comic Book Festival. It’s a long way to Derry from Galway, so I’m taking it in stages. The first year I went I did it by bus – never again! With traffic it ended up being over a six [...]
Wed, 27 March 2013 alone moments
I often travel or eat on my own. I don’t say this to elicit sympathy, it’s a side-effect of attending events away from home, which I often have to do.
It’s also something I’ve always done throughout my life, when I was single or in a relationship. I’ve never minded going to the cinema on my [...]
Mon, 16 January 2012 Highland fling
Since starting to write comics I’ve been fortunate to meet many new people and come to call them friends. Two such gems are Vicky Stonebridge and Richmond Clements, who run Hi-Ex: the Highlands International Comic Expo.
Not only are they warm and generous people they are also talented creators in the comic book industry, and run [...]
Wed, 09 November 2011 easter egg window
I took this picture while I was in Stockholm, Sweden over Easter.
I’m always interested in the differences in detail from country to country. This is an image I could not have shot in Ireland. We don’t have that style of window combined with that wrought iron, and I’ve never seen an Easter decoration like that [...]
Thu, 03 November 2011 terminator games
I took this picture at the arcade in Brighton Pier last month when I was attending the British FantasyCon.
All those robotic red eyes daring you to chance your money and skill against their programmed reflexes.
How can you resist?
Thu, 13 October 2011 Octocon 2011
One of my favourite Irish conventions of the calendar has rolled around again: Octocon.
It’s taking place in the Cameden Court Hotel in Dublin, and features Guest of Honour John Higgins as well as a plethora of guests (including me).
Here’s my schedule for the weekend:
12:00 Essentials of Horor Fiction
15:00 “Women in Sci-Fi/fantasy/comics panels” [...]
Fri, 30 September 2011 back to Brighton
I’m on my way to Brighton, England today to attend the British Fantasy Society’s annual conference, Fantasycon.
It’s my first time attending a British Fantasycon, but the guests, the programme and the location made it too tempting to resist this year. I was in Brighton last year for the World Horror Convention, and it’s a wonderful [...]
Wed, 10 August 2011 look up
This is a picture of the Millennium Bridge in London during a recent trip, from the vantage point of a tour cruise on the River Thames. I visit London often, but rarely do the touristy stuff. This time I was showing relatives around who wanted the highlights, and as a result I saw more of [...]