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TitanCon 2011 Committee

Phil Lowles ~ theMountainGoat ~ Co-chair

theMountainGoat

theMountainGoat [right] pictured with Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell) at Belfast Moot 2 October 2010.

Sharing committee chair duties is Phil Lowles, better known online as theMountainGoat. Phil works for Macmillan Publishers as a Web Developer for Nature Magazine and related titles such as the British Journal of Cancer. His web skills were put to good use creating this website for TitanCon. If you need further proof of Phil's geek-cred he worked at the Games Workshop Design Studio in Nottingham as an Assistant Games Designer for 10 months back in 1995.

Phil has been lurking around the Westeros forum for almost ten years and started getting involved with BWB events after going to Worldcon 2008 in Denver. At Worldcon 2009 in Montreal he organised the first BWB AWESOME Book Raffle Prize Draw Thing which raised CA $204 for Children's literacy charity Teachers & Writers Collaborative (www.twc.org). In Melbourne Australia at Worldcon 2010 the raffle raised a staggering AUS $1144 thanks to the incredible generosity of authors who donated great prizes including rare and valuable books.

Animated Timeline Map

Animated Timeline Map for A Song of Ice and Fire by theMountainGoat.

Phil organised another of these book raffles at the first Belfast Moot in 2009 raising £175 ($288). Phil took on chief organising duties for Belfast Moot 2 in 2010, this time the raffle raised another £377 which was split between charities TWC and Action Cancer Belfast. Please see our About TitanCon page for more details on the Moots.

Phil runs a youth group in Basingstoke, England which involves organising, planning and budgeting events and trips. All useful transferable skills for being involved in the organisation of TitanCon.

Amongst Phil's many website projects is a Flash based Animated Timeline Map for A Song of Ice and Fire which attempts to show the where and when of characters and events during the series. This huge project is a long way from being finished but has great potential to be an invaluable resource for fans.

Ian Lawther ~ Co-chair

Ian Lawther

Ian photographed with Scott Bakula at Star Trek Con in Las Vegas 2010.

Ian has considerable experience with organising SF/F conventions and was involved with three MECONs and was the 2008 Chair. Ian runs the Belfast City Council's Learning and Development Centre were he has worked for 6 years. Ian has also spoken at several Disability events for both the Belfast City Council and Disability Action. In his spare time Ian runs The Other Ones, a Belfast science fiction and fantasy society.

As co-chair of TitanCon 2011 Ian has been instrumental in all aspects of the convention including securing our venue at the Europa Hotel, Belfast.

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Logan Bruce ~ Speculator ~ Treasurer

Logan Bruce

Logan Bruce (although everyone calls him Bruce) is the chairman of Studio NI and a member of The Other Ones. Like Ian, Bruce was also involved with the running of MECON for several years.

Blood of Thrones

As Studio NI moderator, Bruce runs annual events such as the Belfast writing workshops for NiNoWriMo (Northern Ireland Novel Writing Month). During NiNoWriMo every year Bruce undertakes the challenge of writing his own novel. His recently published book Blood of Thrones is a historical fiction novel set in in and around the year 1066 and delivers thrills, excitement and adventure as ancient bloodlines battle for the thrones of Britannia. Blood of Thrones is available on Amazon and 20% of all sales are donated to Action Cancer Charity. Logan Bruce is a long time supporter of Action Cancer and has a donate page set up on Just Giving.

Although Bruce has taken on the role of Treasurer for TitanCon 2011 his work on the convention has far exceeded that and he was also involved with guest booking, advertising, programming, organisation and also secured our funding through the National Lottery funded Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Since 1999 Bruce has also produced Northern Ireland's premiere Speculative Fiction e-zine, ORBzine, with updates available on email, Livejournal, Twitter and Facebook. All important announcements about TitanCon will be included in the 'zine.

Silverjaime ~ Secretary

Not only has Silverjaime taken on duties as our committee secretary but she has also worked extremely hard organising the Game of Thrones Coach Tour and medieval feast.

Silverjaime

Silverjaime is a well known contributor to Game of Thrones fansite Winter is Coming and while she has only been actively involved with the BWB for a short time Silverjaime was instrumental in arranging the venue for Belfast Moot 2 in 2010 - putting up with all kinds of hassle from Phil in the process.

Silverjaime says she is a mother of three brilliant boys who's mad about ASOIAF, GoT and all things Whedon. Silverjaime has a wealth of experience in organising events and has participated in a large number of Joss Whedon/James Marsters conventions since 2002.

Silverjaime works as an Accounting Manager in a well known NI organisation and brings those outsanding administration and organisational skills to TitanCon.