Home again after a satisfying week-end at Replicon in Västerås. Photos: 1) My books together with those by Cecilia Larsson Kostenius were almost the first on the tables in the Bookshop. Interest in our translations of each other’s books was gratifying, and sales were OK-ish. 2) If you have sharp eyes you can see my talk ‘And I don’t even like fantasy’ on the screen at the opening ceremony. 3) Reading from my first (I was 5) fantasy book ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ to start my talk. (thanks for the photo, Nina!) 4) Being interviewed by Nina Grensjö in the Bookshop. Some people actually listened. Thanks Nina! (And thanks, Joakim, for the photo).
And here is a report on some of the other highlights:
- The opening film – fantastic!
- The panel discussion on time travel – most interesting! Even if Doctor Who wasn’t
- even mentioned (Annalee told me later it was kind of sensational that nobody mentioned it because they were all thinking of it). Jenny Bristle mentioned one of my favourite books, Kindred by Octavia Butler and the film Twelve Monkeys.
- Coffee discussion with Annalee Newitz. What a very nice person and so interesting! I love her book Autonomous.
- Manga and anime – thank you, Olivia Bernardsson, you’ve introduced me to a new world!
- God dividing by zero: the mathematics of black holes. Yay, Edmund Schleussel! I almost understood this and it was fascinating!
- Interview with guest of honour Annalee Newitz, see point 3 above.
- My own talk ‘And I don’t even like fantasy’ – amazingly quite a lot of people came considering it was at the same as what I considered the main event – a discussion between Annalee, Charlie Jane Anders and Marika on new perspectives on gender, identity and partnership/families. I so wish I could have heard it but I had a great time with mine. Got some laughs, good comments and tips.
- The Hugo award nominees – it’s always interesting to get tips and hear the disagreements of the panellists – ‘it’s the worst/best book I’ve ever read!’
- Nina Grensjö interviewing me in the Book Room. Good questions, Nina! It’s always fun to talk about my writing and people actually listened! Sadly I missed the interview with Charlie Jane, which was at the same time. When will be able to clone ourselves?
Thank you, all, for a most rewarding weekend!
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SWECON, STOCKHOLM 15-17 JUNE
REPORT DAY 1, FRIDAY 15 JUNE 2018
Two years ago Hal and I attended our first Fantastika. Then I did my talk ‘Merlin – the man, the myth, the magic.’ This time, well, read on.
We arrive early, to get the books to the bookshop. A bit chaotic but it gets done and then we wait.
Five o’clock p.m. After all the preps and waiting, it starts out with a bang for my alter ego. ‘Shakespeare and magic’, Ruby fastens her mike round her ear, looks up at the small, but suddenly growing crowd, and says ‘Bubble bubble toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble.’ And off she goes, the audience with her. It’s a gang of Shakespeare lovers, that’s clear. It goes quickly. Suddenly it’s over, there are some good questions, and Ruby reverts to Rhuddem, which is what it says on the name tag round my neck. There is no question about it, both Ruby and I love to talk to audiences about Shakespeare and Merlin! (Thanks to Gwen Frazer-Dennison for the photo).
From there right on to ‘The lady doctor’, an interesting discussion with a terrible title. Just by giving it that title the gender labels are cemented. While some interesting points were brought up about the thorny gender path the writers of the show have ahead of them, I made the point that I hope in future Jodie Whittaker will be referred to as the 13th doctor, just as her previous regenerations are referred to by their number.
Because my friends Nina Grensjö and Marika Lövström were on the panel ‘boktips för ungdomar’ (Book tips for young people), because I only have a couple of hundred unread books on my shelves and absolutely need more books and because I’m young(er than I will be) I listened with interest to this panel discussion. Several I have read – The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Children of Blood and Bone, Among Others, Equilibrium. One I have read and given away and don’t even really remember, Uprooted, obviously didn’t live up to Marika’s view, ‘What a treat!’ Sorry, Marika. Several I want to read: Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan, Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray, Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo, Into the Forest by Jean Hegland.
Our evening ended with the grand opening which I scarcely remember. Sadly we missed several interesting programs (The Works of Ursula Le Guin, Popular TV series other than GofT, and How Frankenstein formed Karl Marx, supposedly a serious talk but being it was Ian Watson, I wonder how serious it was!) because Hal and I took the taxi home and fell into bed.
Fantastika 2018 QUICK REPORT
Fantastika 2018 is a thing of the past. And what a weekend it was! I will write a more proper report as soon as I have caught my breath but for now I will just share this photo (thanks, Nina Gresjö!) of the panel discussing ‘Stories based on a classical story’. From left to right: Sari Polvinen, moderator, Mike Carey (author of e.g.The Girl with All the Gifts), yours truly (author of, well, you know), Ian Watson (author of e.g. The Gardens of Delight) and Kij Johnson (author of e.g. short stories ‘Ponies’ and ‘Myths’).
What an experience! More later.
Shakespeare and magic at Fantastika 2018
Congratulations, English bookshop in Uppsala – Bookstore of the Year 2018 at the London Book Fair! Well done! But we always knew you are the best!
The photo shows the poster in the window for Ruby’s talk on Shakespeare last year at the English bookshop in Uppsala.
And don’t miss my talk ‘Merlin and the gods’ this week – Sunday 15 April at 4.30 in the afternoon – at the BOOKSTORE OF THE YEAR 2018!
Welcome to my talk, Merlin and the gods, in the English bookshop in Uppsala, Sunday 15 April at 16.30. See more info below.
What is the conflict between Merlin and religion? How did the Christians distort the legend of Merlin and Camelot to suit their own purposes? Why does Merlin cry the words of Lucretius, ‘Tantum religio potuit suadere malrum – Only religion can lead to such evil’?
Find out in this new talk by Rhuddem Gwelin, the author of The Merlin Chronicles.
Get your ticket at the bookshop today – limited seating.
Sunday 15th April at 16.30
Tickets 60:- incl yummy afternoon tea.
Hope to see you all there!
Sunday, 15 April 2018, at 4.30 pm, at the English bookshop in Uppsala I will be giving my talk ‘
Merlin and the gods.’ Welcome!