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Welcome to TitanCon 2017

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TitanCon 2014. Photo taken by Jim Corr.

TitanCon - A not-for-profit science fiction and fantasy literature, media and gaming convention for Belfast focused on showcasing literary and artistic accomplishments in Northern Ireland within the field of speculative fiction and works of the imagination.

That's right folks, we are back again for TitanCon 2017!

Latest News - 4th September, 2017

The convention is almost here, and staff and members are preparing to pack bags and board flights and ferries (or drive, cycle or even walk for some locals) to be at TitanCon 2017 this weekend. We are excited to see you all there!

We are delighted to say that our programme has now been published. Although our function space is slightly smaller this year, all the usual favourites are there - panels, discussions, workshops, quiz, booksale, and of course karaoke and disco. Check out our plans for Friday and Saturday as well of course as the Coach Tour and Feast on Sunday 10th September.

We particularly want to highlight our workshops again this year. We have both combat and crafting workshops, as well as a (clothed!) life drawing class and of course our Build-a-Beard workshop. Places are first-come, first-served, and places can be reserved now.

We will be holding our AGM at 3 p.m. on Friday in the Dillon Room, and look forward to an open discussion with you all about the future of TitanCon. We are here to listen - it's YOUR convention!

We are of course still looking for volunteers too - if you are willing to help and haven't already done so, please fill in our volunteer form. Alternatively, come along to the volunteers meeting at 4.30 p.m. on Friday in the Dillon Room - our volunteer coordinator Yoann Desgranges will be delighted to see you!

Finally, do please familiarise yourself with our Code of Conduct before setting out for the convention. The Code exists to ensure that everyone who attends the convention can enjoy themselves in a safe and pleasant environment, and we ask you all to be mindful and respect it.

Outgoing Chairman's Statement - Phil Lowles

After founding TitanCon and then growing it into the vibrant and unique event it is today, Phil Lowles has decided to step down as Chairman. You can read his personal statement here. We know that every member - past and present - will wish him all the best, and we look forward to welcoming him back at TitanCon in the future. We would not be here today if it was not for his imagination, effort and commitment over the past eight years.

Our Guests of Honour and Featured Participants

We are excited to confirm that our literary Guests of Honour this year will be Pat Cadigan, Jan Siegel and Roz Kaveney. Pat is a multi-award winning author and long time supporter of TitanCon, and it’s great to have her back for 2017. Her frequent partner in crime, Jan, is a fantasy and YA writer, poet, and in 2016, co-presenter of the Hugo Awards. Roz Kaveney is a poet, novelist, incisive critic, cultural commentator and activist who was most recently recognised with the Lambda Award in 2015.

Our Game of Thrones Guests of Honour this year are Featured Performers Michael Stuart, "Wee" Kristy Robinson, and Jessica Odell, and textile artist and jeweller Emma Andrews from the Drapes Department. Michael and Kristy have appeared regularly on the show, in a range of roles from a Night's Watch Officer (Michael) to Craster's Wife and a Wildling (Kristy). Jessica appears in the show as a Wildling warrior, and can best be seen taking back Castle Black with Tormund Giantsbane in season 6. Emma has attended TitanCon every year since 2012 and she quite often brings with her some of the beautiful textile items that she has made for the show.

Our Toastmaster this year will be Peadar Ó Guilín, whose storytelling and humour has infused so many of our events. With the continuing international success of The Call, and a Wild Cards story in the works, we’re grateful he will again be leading our celebration.

We also have a wide range of Featured Participants who will enrich our programming, workshops and other activities. These include writers Ruth Francis Long, Debbie McCune, Ian McDonald and Jo Zebedee, and we will also be featuring another amazing performance from Brutal Ballet to open our Saturday evening entertainment.

Our Programme and Coach Tour

Our programme will start in the late afternoon on Friday 8th September, before continuing with our literature night and art show opening. We will listen to a range of readings and meet our Guests in a relaxed atmosphere. Folks can pop to the bar and back or visit the art show during breaks, and the evening will continue in the bar as people meet, catch up and enjoy each other's company.

Saturday 9th September will feature panel programming, workshops and interviews, as well as the quiz and Great Titancon Booksale. We are thrilled to be celebrating Pat Cadigan’s birthday during the convention with our much loved karaoke and disco, and presenting our traditional Lovely Beard Competition.

On Sunday 10th December sees our annual TitanCon Coach Tour. This year we will run a single coach, visiting a number of Game of Thrones locations before enjoying our traditional feast at Carnfunnock Country Park. The Coach Tour is now sold out (as of 21st August) but we are maintaining a reserve list in case of cancellations for anyone who has not yet booked and would like to come.

TitanCon will not be completely over until after the convention tradition of the Dead Dog Party (because that's what you feel like on the last day of a SF/F convention). Our Dead Dog will get started around mid-morning on Monday 11th September in the Wellington Park Hotel bar and will continue on until the evening. It's really just a case of drop by the bar during the day if you're still around and you should see some familiar faces about the place to have a drink with and talk about how good a time you've had at TitanCon.

The TitanCon Team

As some of you know, we have had some changes here at TitanCon over the last couple of weeks. It is with great gratitude and sadness that we say goodbye to Phil Lowles, who grew the initial Moot events into the lovely community we know now as TitanCon. We wish Phil and his partner only the best for their bright future together, and look forward to welcoming them at TitanCon in years to come.

Jo Playford has stepped up to chair this year’s convention with support from the rest of the existing senior team. They are excited to bring you the same unique atmosphere that has served the convention so well, while also introducing new ideas as we build towards our Eurocon event in 2019.