In this episode, the incomparable Philip Reeve comes to the Tea Lair to talk pugs, hats and intergalactic trains.
I’m going to pause to squee for a moment because: PHILIP REEVE! The guy is amazing. And what a writer! It’s a great interview too and one of my favourite T&J’s so far. (Also spare a moment to think of Em because there was a lot of sound engineering in this one.)
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I’ve wanted to go to Bristolcon for a while now but have been cruelly denied by work for the last two years. So it was a real delight to be able to go to the 2013’s event.
There was a full programme and I was impressed with how tightly organised the whole thing was. All the panels seemed to run to time and the staff were both efficient and approachable throughout. I’m gradually starting to understand how much time, love and effort goes into these things so a big thank you to everyone who helped make it work.
Some quick highlights:
-Listening to readings by Philip Reeve*, Mary Robinette Kowal** and Ian Whates***
-Fanboying at Philip and Mary
-Getting to meet Gareth (and Becky) Powell in a non-digital format
-Chatting quite a lot about roleplaying with David Roger and hearing about the legendary ‘day of meat’. (Apologies to our third musketeer, I didn’t log your name but did appreciate your love of Zelazny!)
-Listening to Mark Buckingham spectacularly fail to list all of his current projects in 30 seconds (he has a lot on!)
-The spontaneous cheer when Emma was announced as one of next year’s guests of honour
All in all it was a lovely event and I will definitely be going back.
*Who is a thoroughly lovely chap. I’d happily take him home for tea.
**Who is just as cool on panels as she is on podcasts. I’d happily have her over for tea too.
***Who remains one of the nicest men in the world. What the hell, I’d have him over for tea as well!