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Dublin Worldcon schedule

(Amended to add a last minute panel! I can’t wait to fangirl over ATLA, Steven Universe, Tuca & Bertie and more)

I’m going to Worldcon in Dublin this August from Thursday 15th to Monday 19th. This is the first worldcon I’ve been to in fourteen years and the first I will ever be a panelist in. I’m both ridiculous excited to meet my writing idols, peers and other fans from around the world and also sick to the stomach thinking about how big and busy the whole thing will be.

I will apologise in advance if I don’t recognise you. I am absolutely terrible with names and if you don’t look like your profile photos, I may not recognise your face. Don’t let that put you off. I would love to chat about fantasy, Asian mythology, ATLA, Steven Universe, anime and everything in between.

Here’s my schedule:

Saturday 17th August 2019

17:00 Urban fantasy from the margins Panel 50 minutes CCD: Liffey Hall-2 A new generation of marginalised urban fantasists are finding fresh ways to place the supernatural in real-world settings. The panel will look at how these writers are subverting the tropes of urban fantasy: incorporating nonwestern mythological traditions; depicting marginalised communities; exploring how fantasy can illuminate the boundaries of race, gender, ability, spirituality, and more. Claire Light (M), Nicole Givens Kurtz, Eliza Chan, Rebecca Roanhorse

Sunday 18th August 2019

10:30 Monster mash: retellings of classic monster stories Panel 50 minutes Point Square: Odeon 5 Dracula, Frankenstein, Jekyll and Hyde: one definition of a classic monster might be that its story can be retold innumerable times, in new contexts and by new writers. What drives an author to take on the classics? And what separates a great reimagining from the merely good (or the not-so-good)?

Dr Theodora Goss (M), Naomi Libicki, Eliza Chan, Angus Watson

2:00pm The golden age of animated SF

Panel 50 mins, CCD Wicklow Room 3

We are in a golden age of animation. Animated form and content have been pushed in ambitious ways, both through storytelling and technology, in film (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), TV (Avatar: The Last Airbender), and streaming services (Love, Death & Robots), but few have received recognition. We discuss what titles are doing well, how animation (both traditional and CGI) and live-action have influenced each other, and what fans should look out for.

Edward Kramer, Mari Ness, Eliza Chan, Amal El-Mohtar

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