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2015 – Programme Room 2

Programme Room 1The SnugOther

These programme items will take place in the second programme room (“Summit Suite”) which is located at the far end of the corridor that runs between the Art Show and Dealers rooms.

Time Description
09:50 – 09:55 Welcome – Cheryl Morgan
10:00 – 10:45 Crossing the Genre Borders

They’re here, they’re respectable, and they’re taking our awards. These days more and more LitFic writers are dabbling in SF&F. This year’s Clarke Award shortlist contained several books marketed as mainstream fiction, rather than genre. Should we welcome these genre-crashers with open arms, or view them with suspicion?

with Alex Davis (Mod), Adrian Faulkner, Cheryl Morgan, Dan Pawley and Sophie Sparham

10:50 – 10:55 Reading: Adrian Faulkner
11:00 – 11:45 Libraries – Past, Present, Future

The panelists discuss their formative experiences with libraries, and their favourite libraries, both on fiction and real life. What can we do to bring the library into the 30th century?

with Sophie E Tallis (Mod), Ellen Crosháin, Jonathan L. Howard, Myfanwy Rodman and Robert Harkess

11:50- 11:55 Reading: Ellen Crosháin
12:00 – 12:45 What Makes a Good Dystopia?

If that isn’t a contradiction in terms, which it might well be… How do authors create their dystopias, and how do you walk that fine line between making things too gritty, or not gritty enough?

with Janet Edwards (Mod), Dave Hutchinson, John Baverstock, Desiree Fischer and Terry Jackman

12:50 – 12:55 Reading: Terry Jackman
13:00 – 13:45 Censorship in the Global Village

Following the recent and hotly discussed Clean Reader row, the panel talk about censorship in the global village. When we write, should we censor ourselves according to a perceived audience? What happens when your work is sold to a country that has different cultural standards? Would you like your mother to read what you write?:

with Ian Millsted (Mod), Dev Agarwal, Joanne Hall, Juliet E McKenna and Tony Cooper

13:50 – 13:55 Reading: Danie Ware
14:00 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 15:45 How Green is your Future?

As Bristol is Green Capital of Europe in 2015, it seems appropriate to look at environmental issues in Fantasy and SF. What’s the environmental impact of mass dragon attacks, and what is our future on a hotter, or colder, planet?

with Misa Buckley (Mod), Janet Edwards, Jasper Fforde, Kevlin Henney and Sophie E Tallis

15:50 – 15:55 Reading: Kevlin Henney
16:00 – 16:45 Fantastic Felonies & Criminal Crossovers

Crime is booming on the bookshelves at the moment. Are spec fic writers tapping into this trend and if so, who? When crime writing meets F&SF, is it Murder Most Magical?

with Adrian Faulkner (Mod), Emma Newman, Kate Coe, Lor Graham and Paul Cornell

16:50 – 16:55 Reading: Paul Cornell
17:00 – 17:45 Radically Alternate History

Traditionally, alternate history stories make a small but significant change and explore its effects, but some authors throw out almost the whole of world history and create something radically different. What books of this type do the panel recommend, and what radical changes to Earth’s history would they like to see as the basis for a story?

with Dev Agarwal (Mod), Janet Edwards, Juliet E. McKenna, Justin Newland and Philip Purser-Hallard

17:50 – 17:55 Reading: Roz Clarke
18:00 – 18:45 The Secret Life of an Editor

Editors stare out of the window and drink gin all day… or do they? What do editors actually do? Why do you need an editor? What can they do for you, and what can you do to help them get the best out of your work?

with Cheryl Morgan (Mod), Alex Davis, Jaine Fenn, Jen Williams and Richard Bendall

18:50 – 18:55 Reading: Cheryl Morgan
19:00 – 19:45 Reboots

There has been a recent surge in TV and film reboots, including Thunderbirds, The Man from UNCLE and The Prisoner. Do modern reboots ever live up to your childhood memories, or is it the first time around for you? And if so, are you tempted to see the originals? What would you like to see rebooted?

with Amanda Kear (Dr Bob) (Mod), Cavan Scott, Claire M Hutt, Ian Millsted and Pippa Jay

19:50 – 19:55 Reading: Jonathan L. Howard