Author Archives: Cheryl

Book Review – Uprooted

I’m still traveling around Finland and trying to catch up after several days of Archipelacon. So that you don’t get too bored, here’s one I prepared earlier. It is a review of Naomi Novik’s latest novel, Uprooted, which is a … Continue reading

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Archipelacon – Day 4

Well, that was fairly full-on. First up on Sunday was my LGBT Superheroes talk. Ten minutes before I was due to start the room was already full to overflowing. Program Ops made inquiries, and we were moved to a much … Continue reading

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Archipelacon – Day 3

I think I need to check the convention program book so I can remember all of the things I did today. I was up early because I had to be at the Other Hotel for 10:00am to record an episode … Continue reading

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Finncon 2016 News

I’ve just seen an update on Facebook about Finncon 2016, which will take place in Tampere. The Guests of Honour will include the very wonderful Finnish writer, Anne Leinonen, and the equally wonderful Jasper Fforde. Jasper mate, clearly we need … Continue reading

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Queering Archipelacon

I’ll leave Suzanne to talk about her YA panel as she can do so far more authoritatively than I can. The LGBT panel was packed out again. There were a few vacant seats, but there were also people sitting on … Continue reading

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Archipelacon – Day 2

As I predicted, I spent most of the morning in my hotel room doing panel prep of various sorts. I think my academic paper is now more or less done. I have one panel still to prepare for, which I’ll … Continue reading

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Archipelacon – Day 1

As you may have guessed, life has been a bit hectic. There has been a lot of travel. There has also been a lot of day job, though you won’t have seen that. But because of it there is now … Continue reading

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Travel Day

If it is Tuesday evening I must be in Helsinki. Goodness only knows where my brain is. I had to get up at 5:30 this morning in order to get to Heathrow on time. This is not good for me. … Continue reading

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Book Review – Shadow Scale

I’m heading off for London today, and will be flying to Helsinki tomorrow. I’ll be offline much of the same, save for Twitter, so to keep you folks amused I have written the promised review of Rachel Hartman’s Shadow Scale. … Continue reading

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WSFS is not FIFA

One of the plus points of Puppygate is that we’ve had a brief respite from people yelling about how the Evil Right Wing Hugo Committee is fixing the awards to favor right-wing authors. Thankfully people have realized that VD does … Continue reading

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Gender and Spirituality Workshop

I spent Friday in Exeter at an event billed as a Variant Sex and Gender, Religion and Wellbeing Workshop. It was run primarily by academics who study intersex people, but there was plenty of trans involvement as well. The event … Continue reading

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Sense8 – Final Thoughts

I have now watched all 12 episodes of Sense8, and overall it is getting a strong thumbs up from me. Of course I am very much part of the target audience. So let’s try to break things down a bit. … Continue reading

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Archipelacon Program

The full program for Archipelacon is now available online. Here’s what I’ll be doing. Thursday 17:00 – Fear and Loathing in Hugoland This year’s Hugo Awards received an unprecedented amount of coverage in mainstream media. Sadly not about the quality … Continue reading

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50 Voices for Malcolm X : Movement for Change

Giving it the full title here, 50 Voices for Malcolm X : Movement for Change was a civil rights event staged over three nights in the Studio at Bristol Old Vic. The show was staged by Ujima Radio to commemorate … Continue reading

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Intersectionality At Work

I’ll do a proper post about the 50 Voices event tomorrow. For now I want to talk a bit about why I was so pleased to be able to take part. An event put on by Ujima Radio in memory … Continue reading

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Trans Studies Now – The Conference

The purpose of my trip to Brighton was to attend an academic conference at the University of Sussex. The title of the conference was Trans Studies Now, and the objective, fairly obviously, was to present the very latest in trans … Continue reading

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Having A Word

I arrived in Brighton on Thursday afternoon. It was the first warm day I have experienced thus far this year (that is, the first day with sunshine and temperatures over 20C — the English call this a “heat wave”), and … Continue reading

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On the Road, Off the Net

I’ll be offline for much of the next three days. Today I’m traveling to Brighton, where I’m doing the Have A Word event tonight and the Trans Studies Now conference tomorrow. I’ll be back home late on Friday, and Saturday … Continue reading

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Tomorrow, In Brighton

Tomorrow I am off to Brighton, primarily to talk about science fiction at an academic conference. However, I have discovered that there is a spoken word event on at the Jubilee Library tomorrow evening. As you can see, there’s a … Continue reading

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Fury Road – Brief Thoughts

Wow. Two whole hours of solid stupid. As I said on Twitter last night, let no one now dare tell me that the plot of Jupiter Ascending makes no sense. And this, remember, is someone who is a life-long fan … Continue reading

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