But this coming weekend I get a little bit of time off and am heading to Manchester for Eastercon and a weekend of seeing peeps, listening to smart folk, talking about books and movies and geekery, and just having fun and NOT READING WORK EMAIL!
My panel schedule:
Friday at 1pm: Transcending the Genre and Other Polite Insults: Kate Wood (m), Tiffani Angus, Matthew De Abaitua, Tom Toner and Val Nolan Exploring the borderland between genre and literary fiction.
I'm rather excited about this one because it means that my friend Val and I get to debate (aka argue and make fun of each other) in public. Which we do anyway.... so perhaps not that exciting for others. *Magical realism may be mentioned.
Friday at 7pm: Menstruation, Contraception and Reproduction in the Apocalypse: Helen Pennington (m), Tiffani Angus, Amanda Baker, Tracy Berg and Dr Bob It's the end of the world, but life goes on.
This one is me and a bunch of scientists! My rallying cry: where's the damn tampax in post-A lit?
Monday at 1pm: Place, Identity, Story: Ruth EJ Booth (m), Tiffani Angus, Ian McDonald, Taj Hayer and Russell A Smith How do SF and fantasy explore the inter-relationship of place, identity, and story?
I'll be the resident garden expert on this one, and possibly the only one to have written a novel set in countries I had never been to (and still haven't been to all of them!). This will be my last hurrah for the weekend (I'm catching a train home at 2.40).