#SFW4 (not to be confused with NSFW or SFW2013)

730 years ago Edward I of England completed his conquest of Wales. I arrived with more peaceful intentions this past weekend.

 

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As well as a lovely week-long holiday in North Wales with my equally lovely girlfriend, this not-really-recreation of Edward Longshanks’ exploits was for the glory of the Scifi Weekender, held just outside Pwllheli. This was a different venue to last year and, though I was sleeping offsite on both occasions, Hafan-y-Môr wins hands-down on the pleasantness and hospitality stakes.

After checking in with the mechanical overlords on the Angry Robot stand, I wasted no time getting down to some serious signing and chatting. I really wasn’t sure how busy this was going to be, especially with the Black Library Live event going on in Nottingham at the same time providing a big lure for Warhammer and 40K fans. There were plenty of BL readers around to keep me and Graham O’Neill* busy.

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After signing plenty of copies of The Sundering, Deliverance Lost, Ravenwing and a few print-on-demand samples of Angels of Darkness it was time for Gave Thorpe* to attend the Shared Worlds panel with Graham, moderated by the very capable Jonathan Green. We chewed the fat on topics such as whether shared worlds were harder or easier to write within, the difficulties and advantages of multi-author narratives and discussed the nuances between tie-in fiction and fan fiction. We opened up to the audience for questions for a bit and as far as I can tell everything went very well. If you want me to expand on any of these topics, shout up in the comments.

Kez pics 576After a bit more signing back at the stand, we slipped off for a bite to eat and came back for the partying. There were great, creative and and not-so-great-but-thanks-for-almost-making-the-effort costumes, a good deal of badinage and some mild bopping, but there are probably other attendees that can cover these in more detail than me.

What did I get out of the event? Invigoration, inspiration and context. Meeting fans and hanging out with other geeks is very affirming, both of my choices of career but also in terms of energising my overall geekness. So much so, in fact, that upon returning home I signed up for this: Nine Worlds Geekfest. I was lucky to slip in during the last hour of the Kickstarter, and as yet I’m not attending in any official capacity, but simply as a fan of games and genre entertainment of all types. It may end up as a a little bit of a working gig, it may not. Either way it’s gonna be fun.

*Communication of names and attendees with the organisers was less than perfect…

To finish, here’s some lovely pictures from Wales. These will appear in scenes at some time in the future.

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One end of the beach at Criccieth. The weather was glorious as was the hospitality.

Caenarfon in miniature. Anyone for Warmaster?

Caenarfon in miniature. Anyone for Warmaster?

Dolbadarn castle near Llanberis.

Dolbadarn castle near Llanberis.

And a Monty Pythonesque fate...

And a Monty Pythonesque fate…

 

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  1. Did you try the ice cream in Criccieth? Cadwaladers (right below the castle) is not to be missed.!

    • Not sure if she had Cadwaladers, but Kez had tart and ice cream at Swn-y-Mor.

  2. Nice one Gav – my family is originally from Wales and I had a great time when I visited about 2 years ago. Also enjoyed the historical asides in this post; if you’re interested, I’m writing about history on my own blog at the moment, http://ethanreilly.wordpress.com/.


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