[update: please note the addition of the panel on Friday at 11 a.m.]
My schedule is ready for WorldCon in Dublin next month and I’m so excited. Dublin is very possibly my favourite city in the world. Just the prospect of being there on the Liffey brings me joy, and my schedule for WorldCon is excellent too. I have a reading on Thursday, a “stroll with the stars” (basically, come for a West-Wing-style walk-and-talk in Dublin with me and a bunch of other writers) and a panel on Friday, another panel on Saturday, and a book signing on Sunday. I’ll bring some swag like (shiny new!) bookplates and bookmarks for the signing and I think you’ll be able to buy my books in the dealers’ room (or bring one you already own, or a program book, or whatever you like.)
I don’t make it to WorldCon often, so I want to make the most of this one and pack as many conversations in as I can. Sleep be damned. If you see me, please do come say hi.
Reading: Kate Heartfield
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 20:00 – 20:20, Liffey Room-3 (Readings) (CCD)
Stroll with the stars: Friday
16 Aug 2019, Friday 09:00 – 09:50, Ground Floor Foyer (CCD)
Problematic favourites and the death of the author
Friday at 11:00 – 11:50, CCD Wicklow Hall-1
How should we react if we discover that our favourite novels were
written by a monster or rife with colonialism and racist ideologies?
With examples like J. K. Rowling’s post-publication announcements on the
ethnicity and sexuality of her characters, should we consider authorial
intention? The panel will discuss some of their problematic favourites
and whether we can separate the author from the work.
All the universe’s a stage…
16 Aug 2019, Friday 14:00 – 14:50, Liffey Room-1 (CCD)
…and all the men and women (and robots, and wizards) merely players. William Shakespeare was a Jedi master at creating characters and building tension on stage. What can he teach us about how to craft a compelling genre character, and how to make completely unrealistic situations and people feel real, given the limitations of whatever medium we choose?
Time travel novellas after the end of history
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Liffey Room-1 (CCD)
Time travel is as fascinating to writers now as it has always been, but its portrayal has evolved in recent years. How do the preoccupations of time travel writers today differ from those of the past? Do they see new futures, and how do they reimagine the past? How have changes in the publishing landscape encouraged these new time travel plots and experiments?
Autographs: Sunday at 11:00
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 11:00 – 11:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)
See you there!