Next weekend I’ll be at Australia’s national SFF convention, which this year is Continuum in Melbourne. In its own words, Continuum ‘celebrates creativity across genres and media. Our aim each year is to provide a regional convention where writers, artists, readers and film/TV buffs of all kinds can get together for a weekend of panel discussions, entertainment, and social fun.’ You can find out all the full details at http://www.continuum.org.au/ but in short:
- Guests of Honour are amazing Hugo winning Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant and brilliant artist Likhain
- Panels! Workshops! All things writery and geeky!
- Book signings/readings/launches
- the annual Ditmar award ceremony, which is the fan-voted national awards for SFF.
This will be my first Continuum and I’m really looking forward to it. If you want to say hi, I will be there all weeknd and I’ll be on a couple of panels if you’d like to hear my post-tonsillectomy croaking voice rambling about either of the following topics.
The Art and Science of Publishing – 9 am Saturday
I’ll be on a panel with Tehani Croft, Donna Maree Hanson, Devin Madson, & Robert New to talk Indie, small press or the big four? How do you choose? How do you succeed? What happens if you fail?
Forgotten Mothers of Fantasy 9.30 am Monday
Here I’ll be with Jodi McAlister, Seanan McGuire, Tansy Rayner Roberts & Cat Sparks to talk about the rich and huge back catalog of SFF written by women who seem invisible when best-of lists, history of the genre and influence are discussed, in favour of their male counterparts.
I’ve never been on a convention panel before so feel free to pop by and give moral support and some lowball questions if I look panicked!
Hope to see some of you there.