FantasyCon 2014, held in York, UK was my second writing convention. Last year, at World Fantasy Con in Brighton, I stayed at home, commuting each day with home-made lunches and not worrying about the logistics of getting twenty books home, which this year, was 260 miles away.
Reflecting on the experience of a convention which required finding food and trips to and from York, was a little different.
I had a blast – I was a contestant on Geek Pointless, hosted by Paul Cornell (we didn’t win, but became friends with the winners). I stalked David Tallerman for a signature, then ended up playing playing Be A Bard (card game) with him (and some others) at 2am in the bar. I played my first game of Cards Against Humanity — I came forth. I stayed for the entire Saturday night disco, and had a group of five people following my dance steps. Someone taught us a dance routine to Dr Who theme. We had dinner with Jo Hall. I attended some writing panels. Joanne Harris signed my copy of The Gospel of Loki. I met some wonderful people, and survived most days thanks to tuna sandwiches…
Here’s the brief update of the weekend’s events. Blog posts on the panel topics to follow.
Day Zero: Thursday
Day One: Friday
We met up with our ‘group’ for the evening, and visited the York Tap to play Cards Against Humanity until 1030. As we hadn’t eaten, we grabbed chips on the way home as no where else was open.
Day Two: Saturday
Day Three: Sunday
Dinner at weatherspoons, including dessert, and then hit sainsburys on the way home to finish our cans of cider.
Day Four: Monday