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2016 – Programme Room 1

Programme Room 2The SnugOther Programming

These programme items will take place in the main programme room (“Park Avenue”) immediately off the central concourse.

Do you have a burning question you’d like put to one of our Guests of Honour? Pop it in the comments here, tweet us @Bristolcon or email programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org, and we’ll make sure it’s passed on to the relevant interviewer.

Time Description
09:50 – 9:55 Welcome – Joanne Hall
10:00 – 10:45 Not Just Hocus Pocus

We all know the appeal of wand and incantation systems of magic in fantasy fiction, exemplified by Harry Potter (Wingardium Leviosa!), but what about more subtle and deeper kinds of magic, the kind you maybe can’t learn in Wizard School? We consider the forms such magic might take and has taken in literature.

with Lucy Hounsom (Mod), Philip Purser-Hallard, Paul Cornell, Ellen Crosháin, Sarah Ash

10:50 – 10:55 Reading: Philip Purser-Hallard
11:00 – 11:45 Guest of Honour Interview

Ken MacLeod is interviewed by Jaine Fenn

11:50 – 11:55 Reading: Ken MacLeod
12:00 – 12:45 Beyond Evil

A good villain is often the key to an exciting story, but it can be hard to create a complex and interesting baddie. What are the pitfalls and possibilities of writing really compelling villains and how can you avoid resorting to tropes?

with Dev Agarwal (Mod), Sarah Pinborough, Steven Poore, Sophie E. Tallis, Ben Jeapes

12:50 – 12:55 Reading: Sophie E. Tallis
13:00 – 13:45 Guest of Honour Presentation

By Fangorn (Chris Baker)

13:50 – 13:55 Break
14:00 – 14:45 Book Launch followed by Mass Signing

Kristell Ink cordially invite you to the launch of Rob Harkess’s steampunk novel Amunet.

Followed by signings from the convention’s participating authors.

14:50 – 14:55 Break
15:00 – 15:45 Murderous Women

It appears to be accepted wisdom in the SF&F community that female readers don’t like grim and gritty fiction in which lots of people die horribly. Grimdark, allegedly, is by boys for boys, yet many women are successful horror writers. In crime women are encouraged to write hard-edged and brutal novels, so much so that a male writer can adopt a female pen name and be more successful than before. Why are attitudes to “what women want” so different in different genres?

with Amanda Kear (Mod), Anna Smith-Spark, Jonathan L. Howard, David Gullen, Dolly Garland

15:50 – 15:55 Reading: Joel Cornah
16:00 – 16:45 Guest of Honour Interview

Sarah Pinborough is interviewed by Edward Cox

16:50 – 16:55 Reading: Sarah Pinborough
17:00 – 17:45 It Takes A Village

From first draft to a table in Waterstones (we wish!) there can be a lot of people involved in producing a book. With representatives from all along the production line, we follow the journey of a book as it passes from one pair of hands to another, taking a close look at the roles of everyone involved and their working relationships.

Cheryl Morgan (Mod), Sammy Smith, Roz Clarke, Edward Cox, Nick Hembery

17:50 – 17:55 Reading: Sammy Smith
18:00 – 18:45 (Have Fun) Storming The Castle

The panellists are the staunch defenders of Castle BristolCon, with its ramparts, crenellations, moat-with-spikes and traps for the unwary conventioneer – can the audience come up with an effective plan for taking the castle?

John Baverstock (Mod), Ade Couper, Jacey Bedford, Mhairi Simpson, Dom Dulley

18:50 – 18:55 Reading: Steven Poore
19:00 – 19:45 Through a Glass, Darkly

If speculative fiction holds up a mirror to society, how has this changed over time, and what does it tell us about our current concerns? What are we going to be worried about over the coming years?

Adrian Faulkner (Mod), Sarah Pinborough, Robert Harkess, Justin Newland, Terry Jackman

19:50 – 19:55 Reading: Justin Newland