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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.

Lovely BristolCon 2014

Some people have watched too much Monty Python. (Photo by Annie Catling)

Some people have watched too much Monty Python. (Photo by Annie Catling)

 

Ah, lovely BristolCon. People often comment that it’s small but perfectly formed (which is true) but it should be pointed out that it’s also very well run. And let’s not forget that there’s free tea, coffee and water for everyone ALL DAY. How civilised is that!

 

I did my first BristolCon last year and remember that at the time I had just gone out on submission so it was really striking to actually be involved in the programme this year.

My first ever workshop on Getting Unstuck (for writers) was fully booked and went really well. Thanks to all those who turned up* and best of luck with your projects!

Not everyone who came to my reading was as well dressed as the person on the left.(Photo by Dave Bradley)

Not everyone who came to my reading was as well dressed as the person on the left.(Photo by Dave Bradley)

Was also lovely to see so many newcomers at the con. I hope they all enjoyed their day. It was particularly gratifying to see people who had come to our panel on Interactions being brave later in the day.

I’m often proud of Emma but it was especially brilliant to see her being guest of honour (and kudos to Gareth Powell for running such a good interview).

Good to see old friends too. Massive thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make the convention a success. I’ll be definitely going back next year, hope to see you there!

 

Zen and the art of chips with Anne Lyle. (Photo by Annie Catling)

Zen and the art of chips with Anne Lyle. (Photo by Annie Catling)

 

*I'd love to know if you were able to move forward with your WIP's. Come find me on twitter and let me know. I'm runpetewrite there.

 

 

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!