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Octocon 2015 – Where I'll be

I’m delighted to say I’m going to Octocon this year. I'm also delighted to say that Emma is one of the Guests of Honour!

If you’re going and want to say hello, read on to find out where I’ll be and how you can win a copy of The Vagrant.

Saturday 10th October

12pm Writing RPGs – Roll 20 for Intrigue (With: Gareth Kavanagh, Matty Mc Mahon, Ian Paul Power, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Emma Newman, Peter Newman)

We have gathered various kinds of game writers to talk about the challenges of having an audience inside the story as you are writing it.

1pm Getting Unstuck (Workshop)

A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.

3pm Has Storytelling in Computer Games Stagnated? (With: Leeann Hamilton, Gerry McEvoy, Rob  McGregor, Peter Newman, Maura McHugh)

With the video game markets dominated by perennial releases are we looking into a bleak future for storytelling in video games?

4pm Aural Fiction (With: Peadar Ó Guilín, Dave Ferguson, Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Roger Gregg)

We have seen a return to listening to stories, having a story told to you is a delight which stretches back to when we first huddled together by the fire. We are now in a world where audio books are released the same day as ebooks and physical copies.

6pm Tea and Jeopardy Live Show!

C.E. Murphy comes to visit Emma in the Tea Lair. Expect tea, cake and mild peril!

Sunday 11th October

4pm Readings (With: Emma Newman, Peter Newman, Ruth F. Long)

Competition time!

If you’re going to Octocon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*

*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of one of my panels.

Bristolcon 2015 – Where I'll be

It’s that time again! Read on for my schedule and the chance to win a copy of The Vagrant.

This is going to be my third Bristolcon and, for those of you who don’t know, it’s a small but perfectly formed convention where you can get from panel to bar and back again within sixty seconds.

Here’s where I’ll be:

Breakout Room

9:15 – Open Arms Session – An introduction to the Convention

If this is your first convention or even if you’re just new to BristolCon, come along to a friendly meet and greet and share a hot beverage with some of the staff, panellists and other punters.

Programme Room 1

10:50-10:55 – Reading

17:00 – 17:45 – Bad-ass with a Baby Lor Graham (Mod), Amanda Kear (Doctor Bob), Jasper Fforde, Peter Newman and Stephanie Saulter

It’s still fairly rare to see depictions of parenting in SF&F. If a character has a child, does that mean they’re no longer allowed to be a bad-ass? And how difficult is it to juggle childcare and saving the universe?

The Snug

18:00 – 18:45 – Getting Unstuck (Workshop)

A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.

You can sign up in advance for this one and if they run out of slots, don’t worry! Bristolcon keeps back five spaces for the day.

Competition time!

If you’re going to Bristolcon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*

*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of my panel.

Pete's BristolCon 2014 Schedule

If you’d like to come see me during BristolCon (or if you want to know where to avoid) this is where I’ll be:

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! (Programme Room 2)

with John Baverstock (Mod), Claire M Hutt, Jaine Fenn, Peter Newman, David Gullen

12.50 – 12.55: Reading (Programme Room 2)

16.00 – 16.45: Getting Unstuck. A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or established, at chapter 1 or 100: so long as you have a project you can bring to the group, we can try to help you move forward with it. (Summit 1)

I’m particularly excited about this one but be warned it’s limited to 9 people. 5 places can be booked in advance by emailing programme [at] bristolcon.org. The other 4 are booked on the day. First come, first served!

18.00 – Writing Non-Human Characters. What are the challenges in writing aliens, robots, fairies and other non-human characters in F&SF? How do you get inside their heads and make them convincing? (Programme Room 1)

with Peter Newman (Mod), Cavan Scott, Pete Sutton, Amanda Kear (Dr Bob), Kim Lakin-Smith

Edge Lit 2

This weekend I went to Edge Lit 2 in Derby*. It was my first convention. I must admit I was quite excited about going and a little nervous. I’d heard good things but you never know if you’re going to fit in or not with new groups.

First off there were loads of lovely people. Everyone was friendly and it was nice to be in a crowd where it was people who hadn’t played D&D that were in the minority.

There were lots of panels to watch, workshops to attend, a dealers room, a quiz and the most edgy raffle I’ve ever seen.

It was great meeting twitter folk in the flesh and  getting to chat with writers whose books I’d read and enjoyed** as well as discover new ones*** who I’ll be adding to the reading list.

And of course I got to see Em do her thing (being awesome). Which was lovely.

A good time seemed to be had by all and now I’m even more excited about going to Nine Worlds in August. Hurrah!

 

*I also went and saw Pacific Rim but it’s way too soon for another rant.

**Anne Lyle! Adam Christopher! Jennifer Williams!

***Mike Carey! Adrian Tchaikovsky! Lou Morgan! Gav Thorpe!