I have a couple of appearances scheduled this month, along with my GLITTERING BOOK LAUNCH for the first Livia Day novel, A Trifle Dead, on March 28th at the Hobart Bookshop.
This Sunday, I am presenting a paper (or, apparently, a SYMPOSIUM) at the Stranger With My Face Film Festival.
Sunday March 10 2013
MONSTERS AND MAD SCIENTISTS:
Female Villains and Monsters in 30 Years of Dr Who
WITH TANSY RAYNER ROBERTS
It’s the 50th anniversary of a TV show famous for debonair villains, invading aliens and all manner of scary (or slightly wobbly) monsters. But what about the women? Do Daleks or Cybermen become less intimidating if they’re female? Why did the Silurians change gender in the 21st century? Is it as simple as… the ugly monsters are male and the pretty ones are female? What are the secrets to creating complex, original monsters that aren’t played or voiced by male actors?
Tansy Rayner Roberts has a PhD in Classics and writes fantasy novels for a living. She also writes (and talks) a lot about Doctor Who.
SUNDAY 10 MARCH, 12.00 PM – 1.00 PM
Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart
Free but please book to ensure a seat and so we have an idea of numbers.
Also, for anyone planning to attend AI Con (Anime Island) at UTAS (the Stanley Burbury Theatre) later in the month, I’m appearing on an author panel there, on Saturday the 16th March. This text is cribbed from the Tasmanian Writers Centre newsletter:
This year, AICon will be featuring a panel talk with four Tasmanian Science Fiction and Fantasy authors. AICon is a pop culture and anime convention held at Sandy Bay over the weekend of the 16th and 17th of March.
Featured authors include Bob Ashby, author of the Airmen Series and the forthcoming Kingbreaker Chronicles, Aurelis Award winner Lian Tanner, author of the best-selling Keepers Trilogy, Finegan Kruckemeyer, a multi-award-winning playwright of 57 commissioned works, Tansy Rayner Roberts (pictured), the author of the Creature Court fantasy trilogy, and Michael Fletcher, author of Kings of Under-Castle.
The subject of the panel is the role of research and the “Real World” in their work, and there will be plenty of opportunities to meet the speakers. The panel will speak from 12:30 until 1:30 on Saturday the 16th. For details, see http://www.aicon.org.au