Fantasycon: Birmingham Jury’s Inn 24-26th September
Saturday 25th September, 9am: Fairytales and Folklore
Anna Smith Spark (Moderator), Teika Bellamy, Charlotte Bond, Lucy Hounsom
Cautionary stories we tell children, lingering local legends of monsters, rites and dark gods, hungry for sacrifice. Our continual fascination with myths from the past is a constant source of inspiration for writers. Our panel will discuss their favourite fairy tales and folklore, exploring what works on them as readers and what they can use in their stories.
Saturday 25th September, 10am: Reading
Come for Sistersong, stay for Wild Hunt!
Saturday 25th September, 7pm: The Mythic and the Darkness
Lucy Hounsom (Moderator), James Worrad, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Gabriela Houston
Stories that linger. Descriptions and fragments that suggest depth and meaning far greater than the words on the page. Real world myths can be a tremendous source for writers, and there are mythmaking techniques that many employ to add something that can stay with the reader long after the book has finished and the light has been turned out. Our panel discusses myths and what might remain behind for imaginative readers.