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2014 – 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 Music in my Writing:Music might be even harder to write about than Sex or Death, and yet it’s a really important part of the process for most writers. Many authors write to music or put together soundtracks of their own books. How does music seep into and influence our work?with Cheryl Morgan (Mod), Gunnar Roxen, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Kim Lakin-Smith, Sarah Ash
10:50 – 10:55 Reading: Kim Lakin-Smith
11:00 – 11:45 Common Writing Problems Q&A:When the wheels come flying off your story and it dives over a cliff in flames, how do you get it back on the road again? Editors see the same problems in fiction over and over again – we talk about YOUR problems, and give you suggestions to help you overcome them.with Robert Harkess (Mod), Gareth L. Powell, Terry Jackman, Anne Lyle, Snorri Kristjansson
11:50- 11:55 Reading: Snorri Kristjansson
12:00 – 12:45 Interactions:Conventions like Bristolcon are a great place to meet and chat with people you might previously have only been fans of, but sometimes that can be nerve-racking. Our panellists are here to convince you that writers are (often shy) people too, and we’re all fans of somebody!with John Baverstock (Mod), Claire M Hutt, Jaine Fenn, Peter Newman, David Gullen
12:50 – 12:55 Reading: Peter Newman
13:00 – 13:45 Influences on Authors:Panelists talk about the things and people who’ve been the greatest influences on their work.with Paul Cornell (Mod), Joanne Hall, John Baverstock, Piotr Świetlik, Jessica Rydill
13:50 – 13:55 Reading: Myfanwy Rodman
14:00 – 15:00 Break (Newcon Press launch in P1 and author signings in the con bar)
15:00 – 15:45 The Fragmentation of Fandom?The way we watch and read has changed – we can scoff a whole box set in one sitting, or snack on youtube videos. How does this affect the experience of consuming media and the act of creation? Does more complex and diverse sff come at the expense of shared conversation?with Stark Holborn (Mod), Myfanwy Rodman, Ian Millsted, Jasper Fforde, Karoliina Leikomaa
15:50 – 15:55 Reading: Jasper Fforde
16:00 – 16:45 More Weird Sex:When a mummy alien and a daddy alien who love each other very much… Mother nature and science fiction seem to be having some sort of competition to see who can produce the weirdest way of mating and producing offspring. A guided tour of some of the stranger outcomes, the science of why and when they will or won’t be a success.Lecture from Amanda Kear (Dr Bob)
16:50 – 16:55 Reading: Robert Harkess
17:00 – 17:45 Past Lives, Future Visions:What can SF writers learn from history? What events lurk in the past that we don’t realise have happened or don’t think about – are we recreating the past when we envision the future?with Ben Jeapes (Mod), Janet Edwards, Dev Agarwal, Jessica Rydill, Justin Newland
17:50 – 17:55 Reading: Adrian Tchaikovsky
18:00 – 18:45 It’s the End of the World as we Know It:Post-apocalyptic stories have been a staple of what we now call YA for decades. We are all fascinated by the end of the world, but what is the particular enduring draw for teen readers? Does it go beyond “Slaughtering all the grown ups!” and creating a clean slate? Is the end of the world symbolic of freedom for young readers?with Terry Jackman (Mod), Ceri Lowe, Tom Pollock, Jaine Fenn, Mike Dollin
18:50 – 18:55 Reading: Jaine Fenn
19:00 – 19:45 Steampunk and the Class System:Does steampunk ignore what goes on below stairs? Is it all top hats and parasols, or should we be looking more at the dark underbelly of industrialisation and Empire?with Cheryl Morgan (Mod), Robert Harkess, Scott Lewis, Roz Clarke, Adrian Tchaikovsky
19:50 – 19:55 Reading: Roz Clarke

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