The final schedules for both Nine Worlds and Loncon are in and I’m delighted to say that there are some additions!
At Nine Worlds I am now looking after newbies and at Loncon I also have a kaffeklatsch, a reading and a signing session, as well as all the other things – blimey! I’m working on my tea schedule for those of you who would like to have a cuppa with me and I’ll be in touch soon.
A couple of notes for people going to Loncon:
I am planning to combine my kaffeklatsch with an informal Tea and Jeopardy meet up, so if you’re a fan of the show, it’s probably the easiest way to have tea and cake with myself and Latimer (who is really Peter Newman and will be there with me).
If you’re a Split Worlds fan, come to my reading on Sunday at Loncon if you can, as I will be making a special announcement there.
Nine Worlds Geekfest 8-10th August, London https://nineworlds.co.uk/
Nine Worlds Newbies Meetup
11.30am – 1.00pm, Bijou Bar, Friday and Saturday
New to Nine Worlds? New to the convention world in general? Some folks find that meeting some friendly faces can help them a whole lot in feeling secure and settled in. Join experienced con-goer and anxiety-wrangler Emma Newman for a relaxed cuppa and a chat with other nervous newbies. All are very welcome!
Finding Your Voice
Friday 10.00am – 11.15am, Royal A
Whether you want to find out more about podcasting in general, or you’re thinking of starting your own podcast and want to peel back the skin and see what lies beneath, then this panel will be a great place to start. Join both seasoned and new podcasters as they discuss topics such as how to decide what your podcast will be about, who will be your audience, and how do you find, grow and, most importantly, keep that audience?
Speakers: Dave Probert, Emma Newman, Michaela Gray, AL Johnson
The Power of New Media
Sunday 11.45am – 1.00pm
This interactive roundtable panel follows on from Saturday’s talk about new media. Four podcasters will discuss and explore with the audience the growing power of new media and the rise of the everyman journalist.
Speakers: Barry Nugent, Emma Newman, Stephen Aryan, Scott Grandison
Loncon 3, 14th-18th August, London (Worldcon) http://www.loncon3.org/
Thursday 14:00 – 15:00, London Suite 5 (ExCeL)
I’m given to understand that this is a chance to have a nice cup of tea/coffee with someone. I am going to bring cake too, because it would be rude not to, quite frankly. This will also be an informal Tea and Jeopardy meet-up as Pete Newman (who plays Latimer and co-writes it with me) will also be there.
I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue
Thursday 22:00 – 23:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)
The antidote to panel-games.
Two teams of fans/authors enjoy a battle of wits, and are given silly things to do by their chairman, Lee Harris.
Games include: One Song to the Tune of Another, Sound Charades and Mornington Crescent.
Lee Harris (M), Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Emma Newman
Social Media and New Authors
Friday 11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)
In an age when publishers increasingly expect authors to market themselves online and at a time when Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook make the interaction between creators and readers much easier and faster, what should new (and old) authors learn about the emerging rules of engagement? How can you market yourself without becoming notorious for the wrong reasons? Is it ever a good idea to respond to a review? What conversations should you never, ever get into?
Wesley Chu (M), Julie Crisp, Max Gladstone, Emma Newman, Danie Ware
Medieval Languages and Distant Vistas: Using The Past in Games
Friday 20:00 – 21:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
Although we might not notice it, history plays a huge part in modern gaming. Not only historical games such as Medieval War, but worlds created using our perspective of ‘historical times’, fantasy landscapes where the people speak with odd, archaic accents or cast spells created in ancient tongues. Why is history so important to games, and how is it used? Should we take more historical care in the way we present these people, places and tongues, and what sort of potential does the recreation of the past have for gaming worlds?
Michael J. Martinez (M), Emma Newman, Ada Palmer, Mel Phillips, Lauren M. Roy, James Swallow
Friday 21:00 – 23:00, Fanac Tent (ExCeL)
If this is your first convention, or you’re just a bit worried about coming to such a big event, come along to our introductory mixer, where our hosts will find out what you want from Loncon and what your genre favourites are, answer your questions, and introduce you to fellow newbies. Come and start your convention here, and make some new friends.
Paul Cornell (M), Adam Christopher, Emma Newman, Gareth L Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Fear and Writing workshop led by Emma Newman
Saturday 11:00 – 12:00, South Gallery Pgm Room (ExCeL)
Are you struggling to write the first draft of your novel? Are you researching endlessly but not actually writing the book? Have you had a book in your head for years but been unable to start it? Do you have a drawer full of unfinished stories and manuscripts?
If so, I might be able to help. I’m running a workshop designed to help you explore the reasons why you’re not getting that book written with practical tasks designed to help you start and finish that manuscript lurking at the back of your mind.
Saturday 13:30 – 15:00, Autographing Space (ExCeL)
If you would like me to deface copies of the Split Worlds novels, this is the best time to do it – I’ll have a pen and somewhere to sit and everything.
So You Want To Be a Podcaster
Saturday 16:30 – 18:00, Capital Suite 8+11 (ExCeL)
Everything you need to know about podcasting in one panel! What sort of microphone do you need? Which editing software is best? How should you plan and structure your show? How do you develop an audience? What are the differences between reading and podcasting fiction and non-fiction? Come, listen, learn — and then create.
Alasdair Stuart Mr (M), Elías Combarro, Gabrielle de Cuir, Emma Newman, Mur Lafferty
Sunday 11:00 – 11:30, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)
I will do my best to entertain you. There will also be a major Split Worlds announcement, so if you’re a fan, be there if you can!
Writing Roleplaying Games
Sunday 12:00 – 13:30, Capital Suite 10 (ExCeL)
Panel – how to design an engaging TRPG.
Melinda Snodgrass (M), Colin Harvey, Helena Nash, Emma Newman, Marcus Rowland, Lauren M. Roy
Right, I’m off to carry on making my outfit for the Hugos (zomg I am so nervous!). Don’t forget to vote!