Scotland has hosted the big science fiction and fantasy conventions including I believe a Worldcon. However it did not have a (big) annual convention of its own. Cymera which is relatively new tackles that.
And I’m going, to do a panel on ‘what makes us human’. I’ll be on the Sunday 2.45 7th June with Adrian J Walker, an Australian author new to me and whose intriguing book I have ordered, naturally.
The whole programme and how to get tickets (weekend passes look good value) can be found in their website.
This is wonderful to be asked, an excuse to visit Edinburgh, and I’ll post more thoughts as I have them.
And of course, quite a big likelihood it won’t happen because of The Virus. Certainly events are being cancelled all over the country and in the US.
I am strongly tempted to do something online with Adrian if not.
I am also at Edgelit in Derby, a friendly convention which I enjoyed last year, 11-12th July. Put in your diaries. It’s top secret but be naughty and tell your friends.
Nothing makes you a real writer except writing, but this certainly good to be asked.
Since the invite I have been thinking often of the great Alistair Gray and his ringing statement, “Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.” Words for England too.