TitanCon 2016 kicks off with a relaxed and cultured evening of readings from our author guests at TitanCon Literature Night. The Wellington Hotel bar will be open all evening and this will be the perfect way to catch up with old friends and make some new ones before the convention proper begins.
UPDATE: Earlier in the year I mentioned that there is a wedding reception in the Middleton Room at the Wellie on the Friday night before TitanCon and so we might be in a different room for Literature Night this year. Since that time the wedding reception has decided they are too big for the room and asked to switch to the McWilliams Suite instead. This is actually better for what we want to do on Friday evening, therefore we are going to be holding Literature Night in the Middleton Room as usual.
We ask TitanCon attendees to please be mindful of other hotel guests at the wedding reception. No DJ requests for the Winds of Castamere please.
Our registration desk will open at 3.00 pm for TitanCon members to pick up their membership badges. The registration desk will be open through till about 9.00 pm.
This will be the best opportunity for volunteers to find out everything that is going on at TitanCon 2016, everything that needs to be done and we will be arranging shift times for all volunteers.
TitanCon is a fan convention by the fans for the fans. Everyone that helps run this convention, including the organising committee, are volunteers who give up their own time to do the essential work to run things smoothly on the day. TitanCon cannot exist without the help and support of a dedicated group of volunteers and therefore we urgently need your help at TitanCon 2016.
Last year I feel like we really got things right with the way we organised our volunteers. For the first time we had job descriptions for every volunteer position, we organised our volunteers into separate teams with a Team Leader responsible for managing each team rather than having a single volunteer co-ordinator trying to organise all of the volunteers across the entire convention, and most importantly we had a brilliant response from you guys with more volunteers than ever before. We want to build on the success of last year and continue to run TitanCon in the same smooth, relaxed and organised way in 2016.
But we can only do this with the help of wonderful people that are willing to give up an hour or two of their day to help run TitanCon. In years past we have been in the situation where we simply did not have enough volunteers to cover the entire convention and as a result some of our volunteers did not get to see the panels and events they wished to see, and some barely got a break at all. That's something we really don't want to have happen again. Therefore we are asking people that are interested and those that have been to two or three TitanCons that haven't helped out before to give a little back please. If you are willing to give up an hour or two of your day to help us run the convention that would be fantastic.
Please see our volunteers page for more information about volunteering and the volunteers meeting.
TitanCon is pleased to announce that Literature Night will be FREE entry for anyone that wants to attend. This means you don't need to purchase a TitanCon ticket to get in on Friday night, you can just come along and enjoy our author guests reading excerpts from their latest novel or short story.
We expect the readings will be finished by around 9.30 pm and the bar will be open through till 1.00 am for those that wish to chat and socialize.
We are sad to announce that fan favourite Peadar Ó Guilín will not be reading at this year's Literature Night. He has another commitment in London on Friday, but rest assured he will be flying in Saturday morning for TitanCon 2016. Peadar will instead be reading during our Ten-Minute Readings in the Art Show at 4.50 pm.
To balance that is some good news, Laurence Donaghy is going to be reading at Literature Night, though he is unable to join us on Saturday for the main convention. At last year's Literature Night Laurence read an incredible short story about God going to a job interview. It was filled with Laurence's trademark humour with jokes about God's lack of professional qualifications, but it was told in such a way that the poignancy of how the interview profoundly affected the interviewer really came through and everyone in the room was riveted by it. Before the reading Laurence told me it might be a bit long and I should stop him if we needed to move on, but there was no way I was going to stop a reading that good. The day after, towards the end of the convention, I found out that Laurence had in fact written the entire short story on the Friday afternoon just before coming down to Literature Night. It's amazing because it seemed like a story that had been honed to perfection over days and weeks, not hours. I don't know if he has prepared anything special for this year, but if it's even half as good as last year's reading then it will be very good indeed.
So here is the full line up of authors reading at Literature Night:
We invite TitanCon attendees to visit the Grand Opening of our Art Show. Be the first to see the artwork we have on display this year and make an offer on the pieces you really want to buy. The artists will be on hand to answer questions and talk about their artwork.