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2014 – Programme Room 1

Programme Room 2The SnugOther

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

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Time Description
09:50 – 9:55 Welcome – Joanne Hall
10:00 – 10:45 Discoverability & Representation:How do we, as fans, overcome the Amazon effect, and the narrow selection available on booksellers’ SF&F tables, and support new writers and artists breaking through? – We know the booksellers are working on it but what can we do, both as individuals and as a collective of genre fans, writers and industry professionals?with Jessica Rydill (Mod), Joanne Hall, Rob Haines, Del Lakin-Smith, Emma Newman
10:50 – 10:55 Reading: Joanne Hall
11:00 – 11:45 Modelling the Climate of Tolkien’s Middle Earth (and our Earth):Ever wondered what the weather and climate was like in Middle Earth, the land of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings? Last year, climate scientists from the University of Bristol used a climate model to investigate this fascinating subject! Dan Lunt presents on why the Shire was so different to Mordor and why the Grey Havens were the ideal place to set sail for the West, and on how climate predictions for our own Earth are carried out, and their implications.Presentation by Professor Dan Lunt
11:50 – 11:55 Reading: Huw Powell
12:00 – 12:45 Guest of Honour: Julian Quaye interviewed by Dev Agarwal
12:50 – 12:55 Reading: Mike Shevdon
13:00 – 13:45 Writing Historical Fantasy:If you want to write historical fantasy, you need to do a lot of research, and it can seem daunting. Where do you start, and when can you deviate into the realms of alternate history? What do you gain from basing your fantasy story in the real-world past?with Pete Sutton (Mod), Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Sarah Ash, Jacey Bedford, Mike Shevdon
13:50 – 13:55 Break
14:00 – 14:45 Book Launch & Signings: NewCon Press book launch (details tba)
14:50 – 14:55 Break
15:00 – 15:45 Guest of Honour: Jon Courtenay Grimwood interviewed by Jonathan Wright
15:50 – 15:55 Reading: Jon Courtenay Grimwood
16:00 – 16:45 Sex or Death?From chopping off heads to…well, this is a family convention… Which is more fun to write? And more challenging? Are we more squeamish about sex or death in our fiction?with Jaine Fenn (Mod), Paul Cornell, Kevlin Henney, Stark Holborn, Jonathan L. Howard
16:50 – 16:55 Reading: Stark Holborn
17:00 – 17:45 Guest of Honour: Emma Newman interviewed by Gareth L. Powell
17:50 – 17:55 Reading: Emma Newman
18:00 – 18:45 Writing Non-Human Characters:What are the challenges in writing aliens, robots, fairies and other non-human characters in F&SF? How do you get inside their heads and make them convincing?with Peter Newman (Mod), Cavan Scott, Pete Sutton, Amanda Kear (Dr Bob), Kim Lakin-Smith
18:50 – 18:55 Reading: Pete Sutton
19:00 – 19:45 Rogues and Ruffians, Pirates and Thieves:From Han Solo to Loki to Locke Lamora, the scoundrel has enduring appeal in SF and fantasy. What is it we all like about a bad boy (or girl?) Who are the best SFF rogues, are pirates better than thieves, and how do you write a good bad good guy without getting completely confused?with Anne Lyle (Mod), Huw Powell, Ben Jeapes, Gaie Sebold, Lor/Rudie
19:50 – 19:55 Reading: Gaie Sebold