The first event I'll be involved in is a panel discussion with Cory Doctorow, Liz de Jager, Amanda Rutter and Tom Pollock, all very interesting people who I'm looking forward to meeting:
Teenage Kicks: Writing for Young Adult Audiences
8:30pm-9:45pm, George I Room
Authors and editors of young adult fiction discuss writing for teenagers: how is it different from adult fiction? What are the current trends? Most importantly, how long can the panellists go without mentioning Twilight? Catherine Banner, Cory Doctorow, Liz de Jager, Tom Pollock & Amanda Rutter.
The second event I'll be taking part in is a slam session with eight other authors - each of us have chosen a five-minute section of our latest work to read, so I'll be reading part of Voices in the Dark:
New Voices Slam Session: Saturday Edition
10:15pm-11:30pm, Lobby Room
Your chance to listen to short readings from nine more of science fiction and fantasy’s most promising new authors. Bring your drinks, bring your friends, contrast and compare these authors to Friday’s authors, but not too loudly. Catherine Banner, Zen Cho, Paul Cornell, Laure Eve, Benedict Jacka, Francis Knight, Snorri Krisjansson, Den Patrick, Tom Pollock & Tade Thompson.
This is the first year that Nine Worlds is taking place, and it looks like it will be a fantastic event: inclusive and varied and full of interesting people. None of the attendees are being paid to take part, but what's even more remarkable is that the convention has been entirely organised by volunteers. All this is so that the money raised can be donated to English PEN, an organisation which I already support and which is certainly a very worthwhile recipient. Come along and say hello if you get a chance; it would be great to meet you.