Worldcon Schedule

All the cool kids are posting theirs, so here’s mine. In addition, I’ll be at the Games room for some of the con – and also probably wandering off doing kid-friendly stuff at the con or elsewhere, as the whole family’s coming along.

Working as a writer in Ireland

Format: Panel
16 Aug 2019, Friday 14:00 – 14:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)

There is a rich and prolific community of writers who are living and writing in Ireland. In a country that is so friendly to creators, what are some of the benefits available to writers and any obstacles to know about? What resources are available and where does the writing community gather, learn, create, and publish their work locally?

Ian McDonald, Diane Duane (The Owl Springs Partnership), Gareth Hanrahan (M), Jo Zebedee

Tabletop RPG as inspiration for creative writing

Format: Panel
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Wicklow Room-3 (CCD)

Tabletop roleplaying games (RPGs) take us to fantastical new worlds and allow us to explore these places with others; it’s no wonder that they inspire us far beyond the table. In this panel, authors will discuss how games they have run or played in provided inspiration or source material for future creative endeavours.

Steven Erikson, Christian (Miles) Cameron (Gollancz) Gareth Hanrahan (M), Mur Lafferty, Kieron Gillen

Fantasies of modern Ireland

Format: Panel
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 17:00 – 17:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)

It is obvious to even the most casual reader of fantasy that Ireland and Irish culture has influenced the genre, but what are Irish fantasy writers writing about today? Are they drawing from their roots, or deliberately distancing themselves from them? The panel will discuss current fantasy from Ireland, addressing its themes, tropes, and place in the fantasy genre as a whole.

Deirdre Thornton (Dublin City Libraries) (M), Rachel Scanlon (Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford), Daniel Kelly, Gareth Hanrahan

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