P-Con Newsletter #5
Hello, and welcome to what is probably the last newsletter before
P-CON II, as it’s now Tuesday, and the con starts in 4 days. There’s
some important information in this, so you have to read it all!
First of all....
First of all, you need to know that the con starts on Saturday
morning at 10 AM, but we’ll be there from about 8.30 AM, setting up,
so feel free to drop along from about 9.00 to collect your badge and
The con takes place in the Ashling Hotel on Parkgate
Street, now handily accessible via the Luas tram system Red Line. You
just get on board at Abbey Street, or thereabouts, and get off at
either the Museum at Collins’ Barracks, or at Heuston Station. You
can even walk to the hotel from the city centre, just by following
the tramline, as it passes directly outside our door. Or, of course,
by good old Dublin Bus.
You can find details of all this in the
Travel section of our website, at the Travel Page.
If you haven’t already paid your membership fee for the con, the
price for the weekend on the door is €30, or you can get a one-day
membership for €15.
We are sorry to have to inform you both Tom Brenner and Katherine
Kurtz have had to pull out of the con at the last minute due to
circumstances beyond their control. We always put in the imprimatur
that guests can only attend subject to their real lives allowing them
to, and thus is the case here. We wish them both well, and hope to
see them at a future convention.
Some of our other guests are not going to be in attendance for the
entire duration. Diane Duane and Peter Morwood will be there on
Sunday only, as they are flying to Germany the following day for the
premiere theatre screening of their TV series based on the
Nibelungenlied, and need to prepare themselves.
George Green will
only be there on Saturday, but has promised to come back next time.
Ariel and Maggie Furey both have to leave sometime Sunday afternoon.
But other than that, we’ve a full attendance by the con’s guests, all
the way from Saturday morning to Sunday night!
Programme Now Online
You can see the programme of events for the convention online on our
website. as we speak.See it here.
The programme is of course subject to sudden change!
We have now filled 10 of the 15 places allotted for Guest of Honour
Juliet E McKenna’s Writers’ Course on Sunday morning. This, briefly,
is a two-hour version of a course Juliet has run successfully
elsewhere, and comes with not only lots of practical advice, but also
a ticket entitling you to send her 5000 words of your work, along
with a detailed synopsis, for her to critically analyse at some point
in the future.
If you’re interested in attending this, then reply here as soon as
you can, or talk to someone at the registration desk at the
There’s a table quiz being held at 8 PM on Saturday night as part of
the con. If you’re a member of the con, you get to attend for no
extra charge. However, if you’re not a member of the con, you can
still attend as a member of a team for the wonderfully low price of
€5 per person. There will also be a raffle at the quiz, as well as a
second raffle at the closing ceremony.
The usual quiz rules apply: teams of 4, our answer is the definitive
right answer, and no electronic devices of any kind can be used to
help you in your efforts! And bring your own pens...
And that’s about all I have to tell you at the moment. We’ll be
gathering in the bar in the hotel on Friday evening, so if you there,
come up and say hello. I look forward to seeing you all at the con!
Pádraig Ó Méalóid
P-CON II Chairman