Tomorrow I'm off to EightSquaredCon (this year's name for Eastercon, which has been running since the 1940s!), the annual British fantasy, sci-fi and speculative fiction convention - which is happily being held in the Grim North of England this year, yay!
There are tickets at the door if you want to come along!
Here's the timetable and the programme description.
It looks really good! There are loads of panels I'm interested in seeing, from"The Magical British Countryside" to "The Changing Portrayal of Gender and Sexuality in SF and Fantasy" to "E Nesbit v. C S Lewis: a FIGHT TO THE DEATH". Ahem.
Of course we will ALL stop on Saturday night to watch the new Doctor Who!
I have four working stints:
- On Saturday at 10 a.m I'm taking part in the panel on Editing and Being Edited
- And at 12 Noon I will have a little table in the book signing hall, for an hour of people wondering who the hell I am.
- On Sunday at 6pm I'm part of the Head to Head: H P Lovecraft and Robert E Howard panel.
- On Monday at 12 Noon I will be reading from my work, and I'm totally proud to be paired up with Trans activist and founding member of Feminists Against Censorship, Roz Kaveney
I've never been on a convention panel before. I'm never had a formal signing session. Eeeeeeeek! And I'm not sure how they will take to an erotica author. I'm a niche genre within a niche genre ... Hell, I'm niche within erotica - compare to all the 50ShadesofVirginSeducedbyaRichBastardBDSM-alikes out there...
But I'm hugely looking forward to the Lovecraft panel. He's my favourite racist hypochondriac recluse of all time :-)
Anyway, it's a chance to pop my head above the parapet.
And spread the word...