Category Archives: Conventions

Queer Romans in London

I have had a number of conference acceptances over the last week. One is in Bologna, so probably out of reach of most of you, and one is more about the work of OutStories Bristol than about trans history. However, … Continue reading

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Chairman Standlee Speaks – Naming the WSFS YA Award

As many of you will know, Kevin will be chairing the WSFS Business Meeting at Worldcon in Helsinki this year. One of the items that will come up is the naming of the proposed YA Award. Last year a motion … Continue reading

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Two Days in Assyria

I have been rather quiet here for a few days, though busy on Twitter. That’s because I have been in Oxford for a conference on Assyriology. I got to catch up with some of the great people I met in … Continue reading

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GUFF Deadline Approaches

I’ve not had a lot of time to think about things like fan funds of late, but I did get a few hours off last weekend and I used some of that to catch up on episodes of Galactic Suburbia. … Continue reading

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Sexing The Past

Don’t blame me for that title, it is what the conference I spent the weekend at was called. It was, of course, the annual LGBT History academic conference. This year it took place in Liverpool. I had a great time, … Continue reading

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Some WSFS Issues

A couple of things to do with Worldcon have cropped up over the past week or so that I’d like to address. Firstly people have been asking if WSFS will move the 2018 Worldcon out of the USA because of … Continue reading

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That Was LaDIYfest

I spent all of Saturday in Bristol at LaDIYfest, a one-day feminist conference. Most of the day was taken up with workshops at Cafe Connect. In the evening there was a gig at Roll for the Soul, the bicycle cafe. … Continue reading

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WEP Conference – Party Business

This is the last part of my report on the WEP Conference, and it covers the actual policy debates. I’m not going to go through all 20 items of business in detail. What I want to do is concentrate on … Continue reading

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WEP Conference – Day 3

Sunday was all about party business. We got an incredible amount done, including adopting a new constitution and dealing with 20 motions. That’s impressive, but it didn’t all go smoothly. Here are some thoughts on the process (mainly for Kevin’s … Continue reading

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WEP Conference – Day 2

As I am finally putting the chaos of November behind me I can get back to posting my reports from the Women’s Equality Party Conference. This is from the Saturday. Saturday began with a brief, introductory business session, after which … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Fannish Inquisition

SMOFcon is taking place this weekend in Chicago. Kevin is there, and one of the things he has been doing is videoing the Fannish Inquisition sessions. For those not in the know, the Fannish Inquisition is that part of SMOFcon … Continue reading

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WEP Conference – Day 2

That was a long, and in many ways very inspiring day. Also it is past midnight, I’ve just got in, and I have had rather a lot of prosecco. So you are just going to have to wait until tomorrow … Continue reading

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WEP Conference – Day 1

I was up bright and early this morning to begin my journey Up North. Team WEP Bath, all six of us, were taking the train up to Manchester. The journey was blessedly uneventful, despite a tree on the track near … Continue reading

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In Which I Do Politics

I’m going to be offline a lot over the next few days because I going to Manchester for the weekend. There I will be attending the first ever national conference of the Women’s Equality Party. In addition to participating in … Continue reading

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Eurocon Day 3

Last night we went out for dinner with Charlie Stross and Feòrag. I am going to be very evil and tell you that Charlie has some great projects in the pipeline. Also, if you think the prospects of a Trump … Continue reading

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Eurocon Day 2

Kevin and I were planning to spend the morning on Ian Watson’s Orwell Walking Tour, which visited locations in the city mentioned in the author’s book, Homage to Catalonia. However, the tour group ended up being so large that it … Continue reading

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Me At Eurocon

As I mentioned last week, much of this year’s Eurocon is being live streamed. You are being spared the Business Meeting, but you can get to watch my panel on Queer Utopias and laugh at how fat I look. Here … Continue reading

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Eurocon Day 1

Kevin and I arrived in Barcelona by train late last night. We barely had time to grab some food before needing to get to bed. The one things we did register is that Barcelona is a Food Town. We are … Continue reading

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Convention Tour, Leg 1: BristolCon

I am into convention madness season, with Juliet’s new book and the Piracity Kickstarter to promote. There is a long way to go yet, but the first leg is over. BristolCon has happened. Friday night was the traditional open mic. … Continue reading

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Talk Like An Egyptian

I spent the afternoon in Bristol so that I could attend the Egyptian Stories event at Bristol Museum. While it was billed as being in the Egyptian gallery, that clearly wasn’t going to happen because there are too many display … Continue reading

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