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Friday, March 29
 

3:00pm

Opening Ceremony

Welcome to the convention! Meet the committee and the guests, and get some helpful advice.To bring(none yet)


Speakers
avatar for Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw has been involved in running several Eastercons (including co-chairing Concussion in 2006) and organised the science programme streams for the 1995 and 2005 Worldcons. For six years Simon was Chair of the Science Fiction Foundation and remains active on its committee... Read More →
avatar for Steve Davies

Steve Davies

Principal Consultant, Serco Consulting
Steve attended his first convention at Novacon 8 in 1978. He became involved in running conventions from 1986 with Unicon 7, soon moving on to a succession of Eastercons. He was chair of the 1999 Eastercon, Reconvene, in Liverpool. In 1996, he and a group of equally crazy people started... Read More →
SM

Sian Martin

New to fandom but an old hand at herding cats and running empires.
avatar for Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn... Read More →
avatar for Kari Sperring

Kari Sperring

Membership secretary for EightSquared, fan, writer, historian.

Guests
avatar for Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections... Read More →
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion... Read More →
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient... Read More →
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured... Read More →


Friday March 29, 2013 3:00pm - 3:30pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

8:00pm

Zulu Tradition

From Kwa-Zulu Natal to the world's stage, rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage, through song, dance and drums.

 


Speakers

Friday March 29, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

10:00pm

Filking

Late night filking sessions. Sing something genre-related.


Friday March 29, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court
 
Saturday, March 30
 

9:00am

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Breathing exercises with Fiona Anderson. Start your day with these relaxing exercises, which have been popular at the last several Eastercons. Come and test tai chi for yourself. No special clothing required. If you want to see what tai chi is about, visit Fiona's website at http://www.taichiinstructors.co.uk. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson

CEO, London Tai Chi Instructors
I love doing Tai Chi, because it has made me a calmer, happier person. I was a complete klutz when I started, but now I teach others - what a transformation :) Visit my website, to see some short video clips and other information about tai chi, chi kung, health and martial benefits... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

5:00pm

BSFA Lecture

Dr Louise Livesey, of Ruskin College Oxford, presents her talk "A Highly Political Act: speech, silence, hearing and sexual violence


Speakers
avatar for Tony Keen

Tony Keen

Tony Keen is an Associate Lecturer and Research Affiliate with the Open University, a Visiting Lecturer with the University of Roehampton, and a Summer School Lecturer with Middlesex University. He is Chair of the 2013 Science Fiction Foundation Conference, and a committee member... Read More →
avatar for Louise Livesey

Louise Livesey

BSFA Lecture
Louise is Tutor in Sociology and Programme Convenor for Women's Studies at Ruskin College Oxford, an institution with over a century's history of pursuing social justice work, learning and activism. This paper is part of on ongoing research interest in the ways in which survivors... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 5:00pm - 6:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

6:00pm

Doctor Who

Watch the season premiere "The Bells of St John" in the company of your peers.


Saturday March 30, 2013 6:00pm - 7:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

8:00pm

Hugo Shortlist Announcement

EightSquaredCon is one of several major conventions around the world that will simultaneously be announcing the 2013 Hugo Award Shortlist.


Speakers
avatar for Paul Cornell

Paul Cornell

Writer, Doctor Who
Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
avatar for Vincent Docherty

Vincent Docherty

Loncon 3
Vince Docherty is an active fan and con-runner, originally from Glasgow, who has attended 100+ cons in over a dozen countries across four continents and chaired several cons including co-chairing the Worldcon in 1995 & 2005. He was interested in SF, Space and Science almost from birth... Read More →
avatar for Juliet McKenna

Juliet McKenna

Author
I'm a professional writer of fantasy novels and short stories, with the occasional foray into science-fiction and darker fantasy. So far my work's been translated into 13 languages. My first novel, The Thief's Gamble, was published in January 1999, first of The Tales of Einarinn... Read More →


Saturday March 30, 2013 8:00pm - 9:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

8:00pm

Spokane 2015 Party

Spokane 2015 is a bid for the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, hopefully to be held in Spokane, Washington State, US, in August 2015. Come and learn what the Con Committee have to offer, besides a huge community of active fans, world-class authors and artists, an easy-to-use convention center, hotels within an easy walk, a downtown location with restaurants, shops, museums and more nearby. Oh, and perfect summer weather, apparently.


Speakers
avatar for Marah Searle-Kovacevic

Marah Searle-Kovacevic

Vice-Chair, Spokane in 2015
Marah Searle-Kovacevic has been active in Toronto fandom for twenty years, working on 11 different local conventions. She has been working on Worldcons since the mid-1990s. She was a co-Division Head for CascadiaCon, the Seattle NASFiC. She co-chaired ConComCon 16 (a Pacific Northwest... Read More →
avatar for Alex von Thorn

Alex von Thorn

Bid Chair, Spokane in 2015 Worldcon Bid
* has attended a couple hundred conventions, worked on most of them * won the Aurora Award for Fan Writing in Canada in 2002 * author of Tredroy from Steve Jackson Games * web developer, network technician, geek


Saturday March 30, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

8:00pm

The Mirror Mirror Ball, featuring Witching Hour

What’s so special about our Mirror Ball? Firstly, we have live music from goth duo Witching Hour. And secondly, this is a Mirror Mirror Ball – come as your counterpart from a parallel dimension! With an interval disco courtesy of Jaine Fenn (or possibly her mirror universe double).



Saturday March 30, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

10:00pm

Filking

Late night filking sessions. Sing something genre-related.


Saturday March 30, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

10:00pm

Magician

Fan, author, voice of Red Dwarf’s toaster and the first person to be ejected from the Magic Circle in 85 years, John Lenahan is one of the UK’s most sought-after magical entertainers; we’re very fortunate to have a performance from him for our Saturday night. 

 


Speakers

Saturday March 30, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

11:00pm

Disco

Our nominated DJ whips up more wicked beats for dancing to. At least, I think that’s what the young people call them these days.


Saturday March 30, 2013 11:00pm - Sunday March 31, 2013 2:00am
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

2:00am

Practical Time Travel workshop

Anyone who is up at 1am on Saturday night gets to travel in time to 2am without experiencing the intervening hour. Best experienced with one of those radio-controlled clocks where it suddenly jumps forward an hour.


Sunday March 31, 2013 2:00am - 3:00am
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court
 
Sunday, March 31
 

9:00am

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Breathing exercises with Fiona Anderson. Start your day with these relaxing exercises, which have been popular at the last several Eastercons. Come and test tai chi for yourself. No special clothing required. If you want to see what tai chi is about, visit Fiona's website at http://www.taichiinstructors.co.uk. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson

CEO, London Tai Chi Instructors
I love doing Tai Chi, because it has made me a calmer, happier person. I was a complete klutz when I started, but now I teach others - what a transformation :) Visit my website, to see some short video clips and other information about tai chi, chi kung, health and martial benefits... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

10:00am

Easter Worship

A service of worship in celebration of Easter, one of the principal festivals of the Christian year, intended to be accessible to Christians of all traditions, and to those exploring their faith. Open to all.


Speakers
avatar for DougS

DougS

Middle-aged, fat, balding British bloke, fond of beer. Could reasonably be called a Doctor Who fan. Knows all about virtualisation, mail servers, active directory, routers, firewalls and so on. Occasionally acts as a priest if the real thing's unavailable.


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00am - 11:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

11:00am

2015 Bid Session

This is the bidding session to determine the 2015 Eastercon. Come and vote, or even present a bid.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Davidson

Michael Davidson

Michael has been going to conventions starting with Albacons in the early 1980s. Since then he has caught the bug. He dipped his toe in the waters of con-running with Satellite 1, managed to get up to his neck chairing Satellites 2 & 3 and is now going for full immersion with our... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 11:00am - 12:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

12:00pm

SF Foundation George Hay Memorial Lecture

One SF writer noted that 'if you read Nature long enough, your dreams will start to carry footnotes to other dreams'. Dr Henry Gee has been on the editorial team of Nature for a quarter of a century. His talk will give you the inside story on what goes on inside the leading international journal of science.


Speakers
HG

Henry Gee

Senior Editor, Nature, Nature Publishing Group
Henry Gee is a scientific editor and recovering palaeontologist. He has been on the staff of the science magazine Nature for a quarter of a century. One of his claims to fame is that he set up the 'Futures' series of SF vignettes, which he ran for more than a decade - a venture that... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

12:00pm

Art Auction
Sunday March 31, 2013 12:00pm - 2:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

7:00pm

BSFA Awards/Loncon 3 Update

Paul Cornell and Donna Scott present the 2013 BSFA Awards, followed by an update on Loncon 3, the 2014 UK Worldcon


Speakers
avatar for Aliette de Bodard

Aliette de Bodard

Author
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Obsidian and Blood trilogy of Aztec noir fantasies, as well as numerous short stories which have garnered her two Nebula Awards, a Locus Award and two British Science Fiction Association Awards... Read More →
avatar for Paul Cornell

Paul Cornell

Writer, Doctor Who
Cricket, matters Fortean, walking, Kate Bush.
avatar for Simon Ings

Simon Ings

Editor, Arc: a magazine about the future by the makers of New Scientist
Years ago I wrote science fiction for Jane Johnson at Harper, before running off to write big literary books about everything, and the occasional pop-science. Now I'm editing Arc, a digital SF magazine, preparing a history of science under Stalin, and writing sf again, for Simon Spanton... Read More →
avatar for Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

Secretary of the Board, Bayanihan Foundation (Center for Filipina Women in the Netherlands)
Inclusivity, diversity, feminism, cultural heritage, indigeniety, identity, and issues of gender and race are things I write about and deal with in my work. I am passionate about the written word, art, music and history and how these things influence us and the way we look at the... Read More →
avatar for Simon Morden

Simon Morden

Philip K Dick Award-winning author of the Samuil Petrovitch series from Orbit continues with the release of The Curve of the Earth.
avatar for Sarah Newton

Sarah Newton

Fiction and RPG Writer, Mindjammer Press
Sarah is a freelance fiction and roleplaying game writer, and co-owner of Mindjammer Press. She’s the author of the transhuman space opera novel Mindjammer, whose "Mindscape" recently featured in the April 2013 issue of BBC Focus Magazine; the upcoming science-fantasy novel The... Read More →
avatar for Donna Scott

Donna Scott

Currently the Awards Administrator for the British Science Fiction Association, I am also known as an editor, writer, and as a performer. I was the first ever Bard of Northampton, and as a comedian have supported the likes of Andrew O'Neil, Wil Hodgson, Lewis Schaffer and Jo Neary... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth

Anne Sudworth is internationally known for her magical trees and haunting moonlit landscapes. She has been drawing and painting since early childhood and started her career as a professional artist in 1993. Anne has since exhibited widely and her work can now be found in many collections... Read More →
avatar for Edward James

Edward James

Edward James is well-known for his discussion and critical appraisal of science fiction, through his time as editor of Foundation, as author of Science Fiction In The Twentieth Century and (with Farah Mendlesohn) A Short History of Fantasy, and as an editor of The Cambridge Companion... Read More →
avatar for Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington

Freda Warrington is the author of Elfland, Midsummer Night and A Taste Of Blood Wine among other fantasy novels and has just completed her twentieth book, Grail Of The Summer Stars for Tor (US). She has spent most of her life in Leicestershire, where a love of the ancient... Read More →
avatar for Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams

Walter Jon Williams began publishing SF in the mid-1980s with Knight Moves, Hardwired and Voice of the Whirlwind. Since then books such as Aristoi, Metropolitan, City On Fire and Implied Spaces have been highly praised, and many of his novels and short stories have featured... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court

9:00pm

Fan Fund Auction

Bid on silly things to support TAFF, GUFF and other fan funds. Tease your friends into outbidding you, and then laugh at them. All in a good cause.


Speakers
avatar for John Coxon

John Coxon

University of Leicester
John Coxon is a new-ish British SF fan who got his first taste of conventions at Contemplation (the 2007 Eastercon) and hasn't looked back. He's the European administrator of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund and he's also known for editing Procrastinations, a fanzine which has been running... Read More →
avatar for Theresa Derwin

Theresa Derwin

Publishing Director, Fringe Works Ltd
Theresa was born and bred in Birmingham and her career has been pretty varied; from Warehouse Packer, then bar work, to being a crap waitress then swiftly into retail, Admin, Professional Student and dosser until finally entering the Civil Service in 1999. She left the Service in... Read More →
avatar for Jim Mowatt

Jim Mowatt

Jim Mowatt: “Jim Mowatt came of age in the fiery fannishness of Leeds and burst upon the scene as Jim Trash at the Sou’wester Eastercon in 1994. Few noticed. He retreated into the shadows like a bewildered ninja. Since then he has made a number of friends, produced fanzines (e.g... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2013 9:00pm - 11:00pm
4 - Hawthorn Cedar Court

10:00pm

Filking

Late night filking sessions. Sing something genre-related.


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court

10:00pm

Planet Not: Improv Show

Anything could happen in the next half-hour, and in the half-hour after that, because it’s a sort of "Whose Tweet Is It Anyway" and "We Can Make It Up For You Wholesale". Our brave Impronauts are taking a trip to Planet Not without the aid of a script! Following the Doctor’s example, we’re making it up as we go along. Come and be our companions. Captain Dawn Abigail and the Landing-in-it Party perform with David Wake as Clive Anderson.


Speakers
DA

Dawn Abigail

Having spent her the first years of her adult life working as a courgette sizer in Azerbaijan, Dawn inadvertently emigrated when she got trapped under a load of courgettes heading for England. Having arrived in this green and pleasant land by accident she had no choice but to make-it-up-as-she-went-along... Read More →
avatar for David Wake

David Wake

Writer and Director
I'm a writer, playwright and director having put on stage shows at Eastercons and professionally. My near future SF novel 'I, Phone' is out in paperback and ebook from Amazon and at the convention.


Sunday March 31, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
1 - Main Programme Cedar Court
 
Monday, April 1
 

9:00am

Tai Chi

Tai Chi Breathing exercises with Fiona Anderson. Start your day with these relaxing exercises, which have been popular at the last several Eastercons. Come and test tai chi for yourself. No special clothing required. If you want to see what tai chi is about, visit Fiona's website at http://www.taichiinstructors.co.uk. 

 


Speakers
avatar for Fiona Anderson

Fiona Anderson

CEO, London Tai Chi Instructors
I love doing Tai Chi, because it has made me a calmer, happier person. I was a complete klutz when I started, but now I teach others - what a transformation :) Visit my website, to see some short video clips and other information about tai chi, chi kung, health and martial benefits... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 9:00am - 10:00am
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

2:00pm

Loncon Tea Party

2014 sees the World Science Fiction Convention return to the UK. LonCon3 in the Excel Centre, London will offer the biggest genre gathering in the British Isles for decades, drawing fans from across Europe and beyond. Join the team for tea and cake and updates.


Speakers
AL

Alice Lawson

Co-Chair, Loncon 3.org
I'm the co-chair of Loncon 3 (The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention 14-18 Aug 2014) with Steve Cooper. This will be my third Worldcon committee (some people never learn)I have been helping at conventions since my first con in 1987. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
5 - Conservatory Bar Cedar Court

6:00pm

Dead Dog Party

Hang out, unwind, relax. You probably know the how to do it better than we do, to be honest.


Monday April 1, 2013 6:00pm - 9:00pm
2 - Rowan Cedar Court

8:00pm

Sita Sings The Blues

Nina Paley's film is an animated retelling of the Indian Epic Ramayana, focusing on the relationship between Rama and Sita. With blues songs from the 1920s, modern Indian perspectives and some of Nina's own story. It is also awesome.


Monday April 1, 2013 8:00pm - 10:00pm
3 - Boardroom Cedar Court