Friday 18 November 2016

Countdown to #FantastiCon2016

19-20th November at The Guildhall, Hull

Bags packed, route marked, excitement rising! Yes, FantastiCon2016 is upon us – or at least upon some of us here at Hornsea Writers.

FantastiCon, held annually in East Yorkshire, is taking over part of the vast range of buildings known as the Guildhall in Kingston-upon-Hull. And by the looks of it, Tardis-like, the space will be needed.

Want to mingle incognito among Cosplayers while playing Assassin with your smartphone? Prefer to try out a Virtual Reality headset? Drive a Dalek? Reminisce over a table-top role-playing game or book a seat at the bank of computers to enter the Elite: Dangerous universe? Sign up for the NERF War?

Er... actually I’d like to relax with nibbles and listen to an author. We’re pleased to hear it because, among a host of others, three members of Hornsea Writers will be there to entertain with talks, readings and Q&A.

Stuart Aken is on the panel ‘Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction’ – and launching his new SciFi Martian series, Blood Red Dust. Linda Acaster will be part of the ‘Creating A World in Words’ panel chatting about the differences and similarities of writing Contemporary Fantasy set against a Yorkshire background and a Historical Drama set among the native peoples of northern Wyoming, USA. Penny Grubb will be discussing aspects of writing Crime with both police and PI settings. 

There’ll also be music, and biscuits, the infamous raffle mountain, and on Sunday afternoon a dedicated mini Litfest complete with, yes, more book trailers. For £10 a day what more could anyone want? Sleep, perhaps, but that can wait until Monday.

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