I’m just back from a week away, and I’m currently dealing with the post-holiday admin pile up. While I do that, here’s what I’ll be doing in Dublin and when. It’s going to be a lot of fun!
Fantastical travel guide
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 15:00 – 15:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)
Do you fancy a trip to a fantasy realm? Want to avoid stumbling into Moria or falling off the edge of the Discworld? Our panel of authors are here to help you by roleplaying as one of their characters and trying to persuade you to travel to their fantasy worlds.
Autographs: Friday at 11:00
16 Aug 2019, Friday 11:00 – 11:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)
Is epic fantasy conservative?
16 Aug 2019, Friday 13:00 – 13:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)
Back in 2013, Gollancz’s Twitter account made the claim that: ‘Epic Fantasy is, by and large, crushingly conservative in its delivery, its politics and its morality’. The question sparked a discussion that is still relevant and ongoing. Is epic fantasy politically conservative and, if so, what does this tell us about the genre?
The lack of technological progress in fantasy
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)
From the cotton gin to the printing press, technology doesn’t seem to advance in many fantasy worlds – despite hundreds of years of history in which an industrial revolution could happen. Why doesn’t it? Does magic replace the need for technology? What about the growth of magic-powered technology within a fantasy world? What does it take to get a little scientific progress?
These islands: exploring Irish and British fandom
19 Aug 2019, Monday 11:00 – 11:50, Liffey Room-1 (CCD)
For decades fans from Britain and Ireland have participated in and even run each other’s cons. Has this created a shared British and Irish con culture, or does each country have its unique traditions? And have modern social media and travel options diminished or enhanced our close ties?
Reading: Juliet E. McKenna
19 Aug 2019, Monday 13:00 – 13:20, Wicklow Room-5 (Workshops) (CCD)
And yes, in case you were wondering, I will be reading from The Green Man’s Foe.
Speaking of which, one of my admin tasks this morning was picking up a box of books. Don’t these look good together?