Pedagogy and Speculative Fiction (Saturday from 1-2pm): Anglia Ruskin University, based in Chelmsford and Cambridge, is recruiting the first intake of students for their newly launched masters degree in science fiction and fantasy. In this session the centre director, Helen Marshall, along with colleagues and visiting lecturers will explore the significance of studying speculative fiction in this era of alternative facts, where George Orwell's 1984 has recently benefitted from a sales boost. With Helen Marshall, Val Nolan, and John Clute.
Writing Groups, Conferences and Workshops: Which Way to Go? (Saturday from 8.30-9.30pm--yes, likely clashing with Doctor Who!): Clarion West, Milford SF Writers' Conference, and Manchester Speculative Fiction are examples of creative writing groups. What benefit do writing groups, workshops, conferences and classes have? Are there down sides to them? Our panelists discuss their experiences and use their knowledge as participants and organisers to suggest which ones might be worth your while. With Val Nolan, Jacey Bedford, Peter Calu, and Helen Claire Gould.
You Want a Revolution? I Want a Revelation! (Sunday from 4-5pm): We live in a time of establishment, yet we exercise the fantasy of political rebellion in SF, Fantasy, and historical fiction including Rogue One, Outlander, and Hamilton. We return to historical rebellion at times of political atrophy and disillusion and fear – luring the unsuspecting and the recalcitrant in with a false sense of safety with the material by placing it in an unknown galaxy or a Highland glen. This panel focuses on grass-root movements led by diverse groups be they Black Lives Matter or the Women's March and asks questions such as when does civil-disobedience become violent rebellion? With Phil Dyson, Jan Siegel, Russell A. Smith, and Jeannette Ng.
Fantastical Art (Sunday from 10-11am): Fantastical art has a different aesthetic, purpose, and conceptual/philosophical underpinning than what we normally think of as fantasy art. Our panel of experts explore those differences and talk about what is the best of the fantastical art both in and out of the genre publishing world. With Judith Clute, Andrew M. Butler, Jackie Duckworth, and Meg Frank.