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” – Are they still needed?
- 17:00 Atomic Diner – Are Irish comics viable?
- 18:00 If at first you don’t succeed
- 11:00 What fresh hell is this?
- 12:00 Reading
- 14:00 Golden Blasters
- 17:00 Awards Ceremony
I’m very much looking forward to the Golden Blasters Awards – which is the screening of five short genre films, which will then be up for two awards: The Silver Blaster voted on by the public, and The Golden Blaster, voted on by the Jury (of which I’m a member). As usual this has been organised by the formidable Cork film director, John Vaughan.
It should be a lot of fun!