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Part One is here: Brisbane Airport and Oslo.
Part Two is here: Dartmoor.
After a last farewell to Dartmoor, a walk along the Cobb at Lyme Regis, an altercation with a lorry near the New Forest (huzzah for steady-nerved passengers and comprehensive insurance), and the GPS in a final effort to establish its supremacy taking us to Arundel Castle instead of the Metropole, Ellen, Delia and I arrived in Brighton for the World Fantasy Convention 2013.
That is Brian Aldiss with the tea.
I don’t sketch at conventions as much as I used to, now that I know more people (one reason being Artist at Large at the Brisbane Writers Festival was so much fun was that I was officially meant to be drawing over talking). So I had a marvellous time at WFC, but did not draw many pictures. Most of my drawing was scribbling ideas during panels, e.g. this during the “Broads with Swords” discussion:
I did sit at the signing tables during the mass signing in order to draw everyone else – I learned last year that was a good vantage point. And one person did come up and ask me to sign a book I have a story in (ahem), so that was thrilling!
Here are two panels of people you probably haven’t heard of: A YA discussion with Delia Sherman, Susan Cooper, Garth Nix, Neil Gaiman, Will Hill and Holly Black, and Nifty Shades of Fae with Tanith Lee, Joanne Harris, James Barclay, Angela Slatter, Lisa Hannett, Grahame Joyce and James Barclay. There are also a few Irene Gallo cameos in the pages, because I usually draw the people with cameras.
Unfortunately, I was taken violently ill on Saturday evening and had to leave the art reception early to be miserable in my room. The hotel reception sent up Twinings Peppermint Tea as a sovereign remedy. Ellen also plied me with medicinal infusions the next day.
As a consequence, I only have a tiny picture of my art at the show. I will post some better images of the pictures later!
Absence of pictures aside, I had a wonderful convention – talked to a lot of people, mostly, which is the point. It is difficult to narrow down particular highlights, as I keep remembering things and people to mention – charming ladies’ literary dinners (after the ladies in question unpacked our car in a team while I sat trembling in the driver’s seat), operatic serenades over dinner with the Australian contingent, lunches where no-one simply shared common gripes or tried to curry favour but simply waved their hands and discussed shared enthusiasms (stories, Dianna Wynne Jones and Dorothy Sayers). And of course I wasn’t drawing during any of those conversations – I will try to draw you all next time!
Following the convention, Aimee (Aimee L, not Aimee-my-housemate) and I went touring Brighton. I drew Aimee photographing the giant seagulls. We also ate giant meringues. I bought this marvellous panorama history of Aviation (I want the Nobrow Press Leporello series to be longer and also all of them) and we visited the Royal Pavilion, where we both fervently wished for a coffee book on the subject of wallpaper restoration.
The most touching moment was seeing the paintings of the music room when it was used as a hospital for Indian soldiers in WWI. It had the most beautiful ceiling, which Aimee is photographing here. We ate horrible hotdogs on the pier and collected Shelley to go to Thor II, and all the English people in the audience laughed at the scenes in Greenwich.
The next morning, I caught the train to York, en route to Perth and London…
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Are you kidding? Susan Cooper, Garth Nix, and Neil Gaiman on the same panel? Holy moly!
As a big fan of your work and this blog, I’d hoped to come say ‘hi’ at some point at World Fantasy, but somehow managed to completely fail to. (I also missed kaffeeklatsches with both Joe Hill and Tim Powers, which was a little bit heart-breaking.) Looking back, I’m not sure what I actually DID do all weekend! Anyway, great to hear that you enjoyed your time here in the UK.
Hello David – alas, I think we can agree this was the convention of Missing So Many People We Wanted To Talk To Because We Were Talking To Other People On That List.
I had an enchanting time in the UK – hope to see you at a future event!
Wow, Brian Aldiss! Did you get to talk with him? I read a book by him titled Starswarm some thirty years ago – what a writer. This was certainly a tremendous trip for you, but I am so sorry you fell ill. Am looking forward to the next installment.
Hello Will – and yes! And I did, over tea! Well, I listened :) Fortunately the illness was short-lived – no flu until I got back. Next instalment to follow soon, and I hope (hope hope) to get back to the USA next year for WFC in Washington DC.
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