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Welcome to TitanCon 2017

TitanCon 2014

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 - 12 August, 2017

We apologise for the lack of news from TitanCon recently. We are pleased to say that things are now moving ahead quickly, and we expect a much smoother ride over the final weeks running into the convention.

We would like to let you know that the plans for the event have changed a little compared to recent years. We are expecting to be a little smaller, with around 80 members, and we have reduced our function space accordingly. We will be using one larger programme room (the Middleton, for those who have attended before), and four smaller ones. But in essence we have retained all the elements which have served us so well - programming, workshops, karaoke, bookselling and signing opportunities, dealers and artist areas, and a Coach Tour and Feast on Sunday 10th September. We are in fact expanding our art programme alongside our literature and media tracks, and hope to be welcoming our first Artist Guest of Honour this year - watch this space in the coming days!

Our Hotel

We are delighted to be returning to the Wellington Park Hotel. We have a more compact function space, as noted above, but the same great hospitality and accommodation offer. Our convention room rates of £75 single occupancy, £88 double, and £115 triple, have been extended through to midnight on Sunday, 13th August. After this, normal hotel rates will apply.

Our Guests of Honour and Featured Participants

We are excited to confirm that our 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 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 from both the Literary and Game of Thrones areas. These include writers Ian McDonald, Jo Zebedee, Ruth Francis Long and Debbie McHune; and from Game of Thrones, featured performers Michael Stuart and 'Wee' Kristy Robinson.

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 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. Tickets are available for £36, first come first served - we have 43 places available so book quickly if you want to secure your place!

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.

Merchandise

We are making final arrangements for this year’s T-Shirt and will also be offering some other merchandise items. We expect to have more information available in the next few days. We will be offering these items by pre-order only, so look out for more news.

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 Alexandra 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. Our full committee will be announced in the next few days.