One of the highlights of the SFF calendar in the UK is Eastercon, an annual convention with a literary focus and solid aattendance. I’ve been going for a few years now, and even when the panels haven’t personally interested me, it’s been great to catch up with friends.
This year is a little different in that it’s my first year as a panelist at the event and I’m equal measures of scared and excited.

I’ll be on four panels at this year’s Eastercon on a number of different subjects and I’m hoping that those of you who are attending will come along and support me. Luckily all my panels are on Friday and Saturday meaning that wherever I decide to eat on Saturday at 2pm, there will a large beer involved. And possibly a couple afterwards as well.
Friday 29th March 2013 – 5pm (Rowan)
Games in Fiction
Whether it’s role-playing games, chess, or virtual realities, games are a popular element of SF and fantasy stories. Why are they so useful to authors? Or are they just fun? Lee Harris moderates Chris Hill, Adrian Faulkner, Sarah Newton and Walter Jon Williams.
Friday 29th March 2013 – 6pm (Rowan)
Debut Author’s Panel
New authors talk about starting out: how to get published, and what happens when you do.
Saturday 30th March 2013 – 12pm (Boardroom)
On Twitter, Everyone can hear you scream
How do we handle communication in the age of the internet? Are our monkey brains unable to cope with the breadth of the conversation on Twitter? (Lord MacAlpine gave a lot of people a nasty shock recently.) Can we have privacy, and can we keep our online identities separate from our normal lives – or is that a troll’s charter? Do we all work for Facebook now? Including Daisee Chain, Adrian Faulkner and Farah Mendlesohn.
Saturday 30th March 2013 – 1pm (Boardroom)
Reinventing Urban Fantasy
There’s a lot more to urban fantasy than tattooed women hunting supernatural beings in the USA. Our panel explore the boundaries of the genre, and its metaphors.
Be sure to come along as I think each of them will be really interesting in their own way and worthy of an hour of your time. And if you are going to be on a panel, feel free to pimp it in the comments.
I hope to see some of you there. Feel free to come up and say hello if you see me. You’ll probably find me in the bar but I’ll be on soft drinks until Saturday lunchtime.