• ArcadeCon 2014

    ArcadeCon is taking place in the Ballsbridge Hotel this weekend, and I’ll be dropping by for a couple of panels and to chat to people. I was a special guest at ArcadeCon last year, and it was one of the friendliest conventions I’ve ever attended in Ireland – chock-full of fantastic cosplayers and fans who are passionate about genre media. Here are the two panels I’m on: 3pm on Saturday, Ballroom: Representing Geeks: Prejudice, Privilege, Power 4pm on Sunday, Ballroom: We Are Irish Comics It should be a fun weekend!

  • never enough time

    This was taken on the metro in Stockholm, Sweden when I visited in April. It was night-time and we were heading back from the pub. This summarises for me the rather hectic pace of our life these days. We are always rushing somewhere, our minds on the clock, agendas and errands. It’s hard to leave that behind you on holiday. You’ve got to stuff those concerns into a left-baggage locker at a station, hop on a train and allow it to carry you far away from schedules, into the potential of night.

  • snowy WexWorlds

    The drive down to Wexford yesterday was good, if somewhat tiring, and on a couple of occasions made frustrating by a lack of signage – an old problem on roads in Ireland. We went to the opening of WexWorlds – the Mayor of Wexford showed up – met friends, and had food. This morning we were greeted by a winter wonderland. Unfortunately, it’s meant that some of the guests of the convention have not been able to get to Wexford. My two panels thus far have been very enjoyable, even though the numbers were smaller as a result of the weather. So far everyone seems to be having a great…

  • Octocon 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 Ireland as a HBO mini-series. Its tone has been described as ‘Sopranos with Swords’, and since HBO rarely does anything badly, this could be the fantasy television series of a generation. Here’s the teaser trailer that HBO has released: It’s a considerable coup for an Irish convention to have such an established author as a…

  • Easter in Bronte Country

    This is a quick blog post as I’ll be busy during the coming two weeks. I’m off to the city of Bradford in Leeds, UK on Thursday. It’s not a city I ever thought I’d visit, but for this coming long weekend it will be the home of the 60th British National Science Fiction Convention Eastercon LX. I had a splendid time at last year’s Eastercon so I’m looking forward to spending time with friends and fellow sf fans. Here’s my schedule: The author and their work Sat 10:00 Can you still enjoy books by an author whose views you disagree with? Is this harder to manage in the age…

  • a Dublin weekend

    I’m travelling to Dublin today. I’ll be interviewing Kim Newman on the subject of “Writing Horror” for members of the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild later in the evening. I’ve been prepping for it this week, but since Kim is an authority on the genre I expect I’ll only have to nudge him with the occasional question. There’s been strong interest in the talk, and I expect the room will be full. Yet, I haven’t forgotten it’s Thursday, so here’s my weekly piece of fiction in under 140 characters: We nibbled crumbs of data first – a byte filled us – then chomped and gobbled mega. Now, we swallow banquets…