This extended weekend, I will be appearing at Nine Worlds, the London-based convention for “gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.” Here’s my schedule for the con:
Friday 7th, 5.00–6.15pm, Room 38
I Want to Be a Wild Thing When I Grow Up
Panellists: Laura Lam, Taran Matharu, Kim Curran, Ed Cox, Alex Lamb, Frances Hardinge
From the fantasy worlds of Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree to whizz-poppers and marvellous medicines of Roald Dahl, how important are childrens stories on us as adults and do they shape what authors write when they grow up?
Friday 7th, 8.30–9.45pm, Room 11
The Midnight Society – Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Panellists: Frances Hardinge, Savannah Lotz, James Dawson, Sarah Lotz
Haunted houses. Ghastly murders. Horror is making a comeback in YA. Are you afraid of the dark? Join our storytellers as they talk about the tricks of the trade and try to out-scare each other telling spooky ghost stories.
Sunday 9th, 10.00–11.15am, Room 38
Once Upon a YA – Lore and legends in YA literature
Panellists: Mel Salisbury, Tom Pollock, Liz de Jager, Frances Hardinge, Marieke Nijkamp
In many YA books, especially the speculative ones, storytelling plays an important role. Whether real or fictional, legends, folklore, mythology all give meaning and depth to a world and to characters. But how are legends born? What role do stories play within stories?
Sunday 9th, 12.30-13.00, Commonwealth East
Frances will be signing copies of her books at the Forbidden Planet table in Commonwealth East.