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’…

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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…

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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,…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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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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…

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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…

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