My Dublin WorldCon Schedule

I’m very excited to share my schedule! I hope that some friendly faces will be in the audience for some of these- WorldCon is so busy and there is always so much wonderful stuff to do.

‘The Countryside in Children’s Fantasy Fiction’

Format: Paper

In 1932, a mass trespass organised by working class people on Kinder Scout, Derbyshire, led to limited changes in the law allowing access to parts of the countryside in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. In the years following this change, there was a growth in family adventure stories that featured urban children on holiday in the countryside – camping, cycling, and engaging in other pursuits largely without adult intervention. The countryside and the people within it were largely portrayed as benign, and children who behaved responsibly were uninjured by it. 

This paper will seek to outline the supernatural countryside in the children’s fantasy fiction of Elizabeth Goudge, Alan Garner, and Peadar Ó Guilín. It will seek to consider the gender and social class of the protagonists, and their relationships to the countryside and to the supernatural. It will draw on the work of John Clute, Farah Mendlesohn, and Victor Watson to consider elements of fantasy in children’s literature.part of: YA

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 10:30 – 11:20, Odeon 6 (Academic) (Point Square Dublin)

YA book to film adaptation

Format: Panel

16 Aug 2019, Friday 10:00 – 10:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)

We all know text to visual screen adaptions are hard. What unique difficulties does the YA genre present in the translation from print to screen?

This panel will be chaired by Megan Leigh of one of my favourite podcasts, Breaking the Glass Slipper, and fellow panellists are Eoin Colfer and Ed Fortune! It’s sure to be very entertaining.

The story of the concept album

Format: Panel

16 Aug 2019, Friday 12:00 – 12:50, Wicklow Room-3 (CCD)

Concept albums and science fiction have been intertwined for half a century. Join our panellists for a trip down memory lane as they discuss mainstream classics of the genre like David Bowie’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, their favourite obscure gems, and where modern performers like Janelle Monáe are taking the genre.

Riverdale and Sabrina: Small Town Gothic

Format: Panel

16 Aug 2019, Friday 16:30 – 17:20, Odeon 5 (Point Square Dublin)

The Archie Cinematic Universe? Really?  That’s what we’re starting to get, and it has a distinctly Gothic tone. We discuss how the two shows blend the familiar and the new to create an American Gothic for 2019. What reference points are they drawing from? What are their most striking innovations? How might this fledgling universe develop?

Send in the crones: older women in SFF

Format: Panel

17 Aug 2019, Saturday 21:00 – 21:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)

Very often SFF stories centre on young women, with older female characters being consigned to background dressing at best and cliched depictions of elders and antagonists at worst. Is anyone writing stories that focus on older women? Where are the middle-aged heroines?

Academics and acolytes: learning in SFF worlds

Format: Panel

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 12:30 – 13:20, Odeon 4 (Point Square Dublin)

Whether they’re apprenticed to an assassin, a grunt in basic training, downloading knowledge from an online academy, or learning spells from wizardly professors, characters often need to gain skills and qualifications of some kind. How and when they do this is an important element of worldbuilding and there are endless options. What does it tell us about the Discworld that wizards attend university and witches are apprentices? How does Starfleet Academy differ from the Imperial Academy? From Hogwarts to Brakebills to the Oha Coven, how does magical instruction differ?

This is chaired by Shaun Duke from another of my favourite podcasts, The Skiffy and Fanty show!

I am always very happy to chat to new people at cons- there’s no ice breakers needed! We like the same stuff! So please feel free to come and chat.

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