On Friday 23rd at 8pm I’ll be reading from The Lost Girls of Foxfield Hall and doing a Q&A online with Octocon. The details are all here. Hope to see you all there.
This weekend is Octocon weekend and of course because this year is a hell year things are different. But far from cancelling (how could they have cancelled???)
No, THIS YEAR it’s ONLINE.
And there’s even more good news. It’s FREE!
You can access it through the miracles of technology and all the details can be found on the Octocon site here
The full programme is here. And this is what I’m up to…
Hope to see you there!
I’m absolutely delighted to be a guest, especially as the theme is fairies! And I’m also there as Jessica Thorne so looking forward to talking about Sci-Fi Romance as well. You can find out what I’m up to here and the details are below. It’s an amazing line up. I hope to see many of you there. Come and say hello.
On one hand we have the dangerous creatures of Irish mythology and Terry Pratchett’s malicious Lords and Ladies; on the other, sexy elf-lords and twee little creatures with their homes in trees. How have our perceptions and cultural understanding of the Fae been altered, influenced or completely disregarded by modern fantasy novels, Hollywood, and TV shows like Carnival Row and Charmed?
Many SFF stories involve romance – it’s part of human nature, after all. SFF romance as a subgenre is as varied and creative as the genre as a whole but has often been .dismissed and undervalued. But why should lovers (of romance) settle for it being considered second-best to dragons and rocket ships?
Once gruesome cautionary tales of warning, fairy tales somehow became cute children’s stories instead. Is it time for a return to the horror stories of old or do they need to evolve to remain alive? Are any of them no longer suitable for modern audiences, and is there room for both Disney sweetness and the grimmest of Grimm for children and adults alike?
It’s that time of year again! Octocon is almost upon us and I have my schedule for the weekend.
Of course, I’m going to be around for much of the weekend as well. You can see the full programme here. There are so many things I’m looking forward to! And that YA Panel on Friday night? Look who’s on it! YA PANEL OF JOY!
It’s that time of year again and this weekend it’ll be Octocon, in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin. Here are the panels I’ll be taking part in over the weekend. I’ll have copies of my books on sale in the tradehall as well and I’ll be happy to sign them for you. I’ll also be hanging out and going to some of the amazing other panels. Really looking forward to it. The full schedule is available here.
On Writing.ie today, there’s an article from myself and E. R. Murray where we talk about writing Urban Fantasy set in Dublin and discuss writing techniques and ideas – Writing Fantastical Worlds
Just to remind everyone that Octocon is on this weekend. If you’re coming along be sure to say hello. If you aren’t, why not? The fabulous guests of honour are Emma Newman and Maura McHugh.
It also means I might be a bit scarce. Then again, hotel wifi permitting, I might not.
Before that I have to get my act together as I’m visiting a school on Friday morning, a Library next week and then I have the Hodges Figgis YA panel. It’s all go here!
So, #YAieDay is on Twitter tomorrow, a day when we celebrate all things YA in Ireland, and I’m going to be on from 1.10-1.50 swearing… sorry “talking” about swearing with Kim Hood and Sally Nicholls. Follow the #YAieDay hashtag on Twitter and the full (amazing) lineup and programme is here. Thanks to the marvellous Michelle Moloney King for putting this together.
And then, next week it’s Octocon. And the programme is now up online too. Another brilliant line up of people and lots of YA here.
So this is what I’ll be up to.
Busy busy busy…
- Friday, October 9
Ireland as a location
A. Tivoli/Yeats, 7pm – 8pm
- Saturday, October 10
As the creator Intended?
C. Gaiety, 1pm – 2pm
B. Abbey, 3pm – 4pm
Late Night Panel: Sex In Fiction/Erotica
B. Abbey, 7pm – 8pm
- Sunday, October 11
A Fantasy of My Own
A. Tivoli/Yeats, 2pm – 3pm
Irish Mythology And Its International Spread
A. Tivoli/Yeats, 3pm – 4pm
Readings from our Authors featuring Planetfall by Emma Newman
B. Abbey, 4pm – 5pm
Practical Magic: Perspectives of Pagans, Gamers, and Fantasy Authors
B. Abbey, 5pm – 6pm
The whole programme can be found here. Come along and say hello! I will probably be the person rushing between panels but say hello anyway! 😀
So, a little while ago, I was part of the Worlds Beyond on PhoenixFM 92.5FM, sponsored by Octocon, and I ramble quite a lot about all sorts of things writing and fandom. It’s an hourlong show, hosted by the wonderful Janet O’Sullivan and I’m there from about the 30min mark. You’ll also hear Janet and John Vaughan discussing the Golden Blasters.
*rambliness just applies to me, naturally. Everyone else is very to the point and fascinating. 😀
Octocon is coming (11th to the 13th October), in the Camden Court Hotel in Dublin. This year they have a very cool app to keep everyone up to date on what’s on where and who will be there.
These are my panels but I’ll be around both days. Makes sure to say hello if you’re there. And if you aren’t there, you really should be!