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August 15, 2019
Reading: Sarah Rees Brennan
15 Aug 2019, Thursday 14:30 – 14:50, ECOCEM Room (CCD)
‘You read my mind’: telepathy in SFF romance
16 Aug 2019, Friday 10:30 – 11:20, Odeon 5 (Point Square Dublin)
Whether it’s the ability to read your partner’s mind or mutual telepathic communication, telepathy adds the potential for both conflict and closeness in a romantic relationship. In what ways do science fictional and paranormal romance novels use telepathy? What are the potential pitfalls and complications of writing a mind-reading character?
Sarah Rees Brennan, Chelsea Mueller, Kevin McLaughlin (Role of the Hero Publishing), Donna Maree Hanson (M)
Great heroes of children’s literature
16 Aug 2019, Friday 12:00 – 12:50, Wicklow Hall 2B (CCD)
From Matilda Wormwood to Aang, Lyra Belacqua, and Jim Hawkins – just to name a few – some of our most memorable and significant heroes come from children’s literature. Why do these heroes make such a big impact on us, no matter our age? What turns these ordinary kids into extraordinary heroes? What do our young protagonists have to teach their adult counterparts about courage, loyalty, and the ability to overcome the scariest villains?
Christine Taylor-Butler (M), Holly Black, Peter Beagle, Sarah Rees Brennan
You have to laugh: humour in YA
16 Aug 2019, Friday 14:00 – 14:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)
What with all the struggles of growing up, finding love, saving the world, and overthrowing dystopias, YA literature has a lot of serious business to take care of. But laughter is an outlet too. Is there room for laughter in YA? What kinds of humour do you find in the genre, how are they used, and is there a generation gap when it comes to what’s funny anyway?
Gail Carriger (GAIL CARRIGER LLC) (M), Prof David Farnell (Fukuoka University), Ellen Klages, Sarah Rees Brennan
Riverdale and Sabrina: Small Town Gothic
16 Aug 2019, Friday 16:30 – 17:20, Odeon 5 (Point Square Dublin)
The Archie Cinematic Universe? Really? That’s what we’re starting to get, and it has a distinctly Gothic tone. We discuss how the two shows blend the familiar and the new to create an American Gothic for 2019. What reference points are they drawing from? What are their most striking innovations? How might this fledgling universe develop?
Susan Connolly, Chelsea Mueller (M), Sarah Rees Brennan, Ali Baker (University of East London)
Fairies and Irish folklore in YA
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 12:00 – 12:50, Liffey Room-2 (CCD)
Banshees. Leprechauns. Fairy rings. We all know the Irish myths… don’t we? But do they still have power for modern readers? What do we need to understand about the fae folk? And what importance do these traditions have in modern YA stories? Our panellists will explore the influence of Irish myth, folklore, and legend in YA over the years.
Ruth Frances Long (M), Susan Connolly, Sarah Rees Brennan, Peadar Ó Guilín
Kaffeeklatsch: Sarah Rees Brennan
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 14:00 – 14:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)
I’m so, so excited to be having World Con in Ireland this year, and for further details about the amazing attending authors and events go to the World Con website!