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Fantasy Con: the Rebellion timetable

Team Rebellion is heading to Nottingham for Fantasy Con this weekend, and we are mightily excited.

We’ve got authors on a whole world of panels, as well as signings, book launches and, of course, Abaddonoke on Friday night for anyone who fancies a bit of a sing-song.

Our David is moderating a panel that includes none other than Brandon Sanderson on Friday, which is certainly one to catch, whilst Jon will be moderating his own Monster Mash-Up panel on Saturday morning, another must-see.

So, read on for our full schedule, and we’ll see you there!


Room: Suite 2
4.00pm Workshop: Fear & Writing led by Emma Newman

4:20 Scott Andrews reading

Room: Conference Theatre
5.00pm Someone Else’s World: Writing in a Franchise
Moderator: David Thomas Moore
Panellists: Paul Kane, Mark Latham, Rebecca Levene, Mark Morris, Brandon Sanderson

Room: Suite 1
5.00pm Chills, Shocks & Empty Bladders: Writing ‘The Fear’
Moderator: Emma Audsley
Panellists: Simon Bestwick, Neil John Buchanan, Ramsey Campbell, Lynda Rucker, Sara Jayne Townsend

Room: Suite 2
5.00pm Stealing from the Past: Fantasy in History
Moderator: Susan Bartholomew
Panellists: Jacey Bedford, Susan Boulton, Anne Lyle, Juliet E McKenna, Toby Venables

Room: Suite 1
6.00pm Fae-Fi, Folk-Fum: Faerie & Folktale
Moderator: Alison Littlewood
Panellists: Charlotte Bond, Charles Christian, Victoria Leslie, Emma Newman, Mike Shevdon

Room: Suite 2
7.00pm Wanted, Dead or Alive: The Weird Western
Moderator: Anne Perry
Panellists: Guy Adams, Ben Galley, Stark Holborn, Benedict J Jones, Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson

7:40 Gareth L Powell reading

Room: Conference Theatre
8.00pm Doing ‘It’ Right: Love, Romance & Sexy Times
Moderator: Den Patrick
Panellists: Hal Duncan, Cassandra Khaw, Kim Lakin-Smith, Foz Meadows

Room: Atrium Bar
8.00pm Karaoke hosted by Rebellion Publishing
till midnight The X-Factor comes to FantasyCon but without the judges, public voting or lucrative recording contracts…some of it may even sound like singing…

Room: Conference Theatre
9.00pm The Atrocity Exhibition
Panellists: Kim Lakin-Smith, Emma Newman, Gareth L. Powell and Mark West
11pm Simon Bestwick reading


Room: Conference Theatre
10.00am Blades, Wands & Lasers: Fighting the Good Fight-Scene
Moderator: James Barclay
Panellists: Clifford Beal, Juliet E. McKenna, Kevin Andrew Murphy, Jo Thomas, Danie Ware

Room: Suite 1
10.00am Is Doctor Who the Single Greatest Idea for a TV Show Anybody Has Ever Had? Discuss!
Moderator: Mark Morris
Panellists: Ali Baker, James Goss, L M Myles, Kit Power, Rob Shearman

Room: Suite 2
10.00am Welcome to my Place: Making Your World Better
Moderator: Martin Owton
Panellists: James Brogden, Adrian Faulkner, Megan Kerr, Sophia McDougall, Arianne ‘Tex’ Thompson

Room: Conference Theatre
11.00am Is It Legit? Crime in Fantasy, Horror and SF
Moderator: David Tallerman
Panellists: Alexandra Benedict, Debbie Bennett, Matthew Blakstad,John Connolly, Guy Haley

Room: Suite 1
11.00am Monster Mash-Up: Were-vamp-zomb-zilla…With Wings!
Moderator: Jon Oliver
Panellists: Carrie Buchanan, Cassandra Khaw, Tim Lebbon, Will Macmillan Jones, Adele Wearing

11:40 Paul Kane reading

Room: Suite 1
2.00pm Guest of Honour interview: Brandon Sanderson in Conversation with Juliet E. McKenna
Bestselling epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson talks about his writing, career, inspirations & influences

3pm Book Launch
The Night Clock – Paul Meloy
The Guns Of Ivrea by Clifford Beal

3:20: Tex Thompson reading

Room: Suite 2
5.00pm Robots, Beasts & Humanimals: Writing Non-Human Characters
Moderator: Guy Haley
Panellists: Janet Edwards, Deborah Install, Gareth L Powell, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ren Warom

Room: Conference Theatre
6.00pm Tea & Jeopardy
Live edition of the Hugo Award-winning podcast, presented by Emma Newman, assisted by Latimer the Butler. Featuring special guest Brandon Sanderson

Room: Conference Theatre
7.00pm Just a Minute
Moderator: Gillian Redfearn
Panellists: John Connolly, Jo Fletcher, Juliet Mushens, Gareth L Powell

Room: Conference Theatre
9.00pm FantasyCon 2015 DISCO
till 1am The traditional FantsayCon disco returns, featuring banging beats and cheesy tunes, brought to you by DJs Marc Gascoigne and Guy Adams. Dancing trousers optional.

Room: Suite 1
9.00pm Performed Reading: One for the Road
Join us for a rehearsed reading of a comic short story by Paul Kane. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse meet up for a pint before getting down to business. . .
Featuring Guy Adams, James Barclay, Lee Harris, Phil Lunt


Room: Suite 1
10.00am By the Gods! Religion & Beliefs in Fantasy
Moderator: Juliet E McKenna
Panellists: John Connolly, Adam Dalton, Iain Grant, Jasper Kent, Susan Murray

Room: Suite 2
10.00am Sounds Like A Great Story: the Science and Psychology of Audio Fiction
Moderator: Alasdair Stuart
Panellists: Chris Barnes, James Goss, Marguerite Kenner, Del Lakin-Smith, Emma Newman

Room: Dealer Room
12.00pm Mass Signing
Over 30 authors will be available to sign your books, etc. Books can be bought from one of the many fine dealers in the same room – how convenient!

Room: Banqueting Suite
2.30pm The British Fantasy Awards Ceremony
Join your host Juliet McKenna as we hand out the British Fantasy Awards 2015. You do not have to attend the banquet to attend the awards ceremony.

For more information, visit the official FantasyCon website.

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Amanda Downum at Armadillocon

Are you heading to Austin’s premier SFF convention, the brilliantly names Armadillocon, this year?

Amanda Downum, the author of the stunning Dreams Of Shreds & Tatters, is going to be there taking part in all manner of con-based goodness, and you’d be mad to miss out.

So don’t! Check out all Amanda’s schedule times below, and check out the Armadillocon website for more information.

Friday, July 24

Reading 8:30 PM-9:00 PM Southpark B

Badass, Babe, or None of the Above: How is Gender Evolving (or Not) in SF Literature? Fri 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Ballroom D
How have female characters been written in SF/F literature historically? Have these roles changed, and are new tropes emerging?

Saturday, July 25

The Work and Influence of H. P. Lovecraft Sat 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Ballroom D How has this master of the macabre impacted the field?

Autographing Sat 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Dealers’ Room

Sunday, July 26

New Feminist SF Sun 11:00 AM-Noon Ballroom D
Who’s leading the way in current feminist SF? What trends are happening now?

For more information follow Amanda on Twitter, or check out the official Amanda Downum website.

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