• Conventions

    Late Shows – Central & Gateshead

    The second night of the Late Shows we started on the other side of the river with the Open Submission 2024 at the Baltic, then crossed back and climbed up to the Castle for mead and storytelling, in this case a delightful story by Marie de France, who I had not previously heard of. Grainger market was next on the list, for some fried chicken, vermut, and espresso martinis, plus music and odd but entertaining projected animations. We nearly got lost on the way to the Tyneside Irish centre but eventually made it up to the top floor for some…

  • Newcastle

    Late Shows Ouseburn

    One of the cool things about this city is the extensive creative scene, too much to keep track of really. Once a year the Late Shows serves as a sort of art crawl/city exploration where venues open their doors late…

  • Conventions

    Conventions

    Despite the dearth of posts here, its been a reasonably busy few months for me. Starting with a trip to LA in February for Gallifrey One, which was as amazing as ever, followed by a week with in Santa Monica…

  • Stage

    Cabaret

    Our main reason for going to London last weekend was to see Cabaret, currently starring Jake Shears and Rebecca Lucy Taylor. I’ve seen the movie version several times and love it, but obviously that had changes from the original show,…

  • Film,  SFF

    London

    We had a couple of days in London to go see Cabaret and visit with friends and along the way managed to squeeze in some culture. First off we went to the Barbican, which I visited in 2016 but only…

  • Conventions

    The Holidays So Far

    The holiday season kicked off for us with a trip down to London for Thanksgiving with friends, bookended by excursions in the city. Being up north now, we don’t find ourselves going throuhg the capital on our way to other…

  • Stage

    Halloween roundup

    We had a party again on the Saturday this year, I cobwebbed the hall and bookshelves as before but made the mantelpiece into a pretty decent spooky altar. Costumes ended up low-key (at least compared to original plans) reusing our…

  • Conventions,  Fandom

    Hugo Nom

    So I’m a Hugo finalist for Best Fan Artist! The announcement went out over a week ago and I’ve posted on the socials, but now that the initial excitement has died down I thought I’d post more complete thoughts than…

  • Stage

    Stars

    We went to see Stars: An Afrofuturist Space Odyssey at the Northern Stage on Tuesday, a one-woman show (mostly) about an older woman finding herself through her sexuality after the death of her husband. It blends pop culture, music, feminism,…

  • Conventions

    Eurocon in Uppsala

    Konflikt was my second Eurocon, the first being Shamrokon nearly ten years (ten years!) ago in Dublin. It sort of felt like my first proper one though, being outside of the anglosphere this time – though everyone I met at…

  • Conventions

    Satellite 8

    This past weekend was Satellite 8 in Glasgow, which is now an easy trip for us, basically three hours with a change at Edinburgh. It was also my first time going to Scotland, so I was really looking forward to…