Schedule for Dublin WorldCon (come and meet me!)

I’ll be at Dublin WorldCon between 14th August and the 19th. I’ll be on a number of panels, so please do come and say hi! You’ll warm a cantankerous author’s wizened heart.

Schedule below:


Writing from non-western cultures

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 11:00 – 11:50, Wicklow Hall-1 (CCD)

The number of non-western novels and stories in SFF has increased over the last 20 years, as has visibility of existing fiction. Our panel looks at some of these novels, discussing favourites and sharing recommendations. We’ll take a look at how the novels are written, as well as the differences in story patterns, characters, and narrative styles. Let’s celebrate these novels and look at ways to further expand the publishing of non-western cultures within SFF literature.

Yasser Bahjatt (M), Tasha Suri, Rafeeat Aliyu, Vida Cruz

A portable kind of magic: why we love books-about-books

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 14:00 – 14:50, Liffey Room-1 (CCD)

Whether it’s a library of every book ever written, a compendium of magical creatures, or a hitchhiker’s guide to the universe, we’ve always loved a good story-about-a-story. What is behind our fascination with books and libraries, and why does it translate so well to SFF? How does the history of book-making connect to our myths and legends, and what shape will our meta-stories take in the future?

Genevieve Cogman (M), A.J. Hackwith, Tasha Suri, Miriam Weinberg

Autographs: Thursday at 17:00

15 Aug 2019, Thursday 17:00 – 17:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)

Autographs! If you don’t want mine (understandable, my signature is atrocious) you can come and meet Amy McCulloch, Linda Antonsson, Melissa Caruso, Elio García Jr., or Karl Schroeder!


Guiding star: discussing the Lodestar Award shortlist

16 Aug 2019, Friday 12:30 – 13:20, Odeon 4 (Point Square Dublin)

Let’s gush about this year’s amazing list of Lodestar Award finalists! What do we love about these books? Who will win, who else would we have loved to see on the list, and what else are we looking forward to seeing from this fantastic group of authors?

  • The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • The Invasion by Peadar Ó Guilín
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

Charlie Jane Anders (M), D.A Lascelles, Dr Mary Watson, Nicole Givens Kurtz, Tasha Suri

Kick-ass women on SF TV

16 Aug 2019, Friday 15:30 – 16:20, Odeon 1 (Point Square Dublin)

It’s great to see active, powerful women on screen! But what new stereotypes and tropes are coming out of this? Which ones are worth keeping and which ones need to be binned before they take insidious hold?

Donna Maree Hanson (M), Claudia Fusco, Tasha Suri, Mari Kotani


Fantasy: beyond Europe

18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Liffey Hall-2 (CCD)

Increasingly, fantasy literature that reflects a world outside the ‘traditional’ Western European-based mould is being published, promoted, and celebrated. How does fantasy include different cultures and narratives? Who gets to tell these stories? How does it change our tropes and types? And what will the future of fantasy bring?

Nicole Givens Kurtz (M), Zen Cho, Fonda Lee, Tasha Suri, Arthur Maia

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