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Worldcon | The World Science Fiction Convention | C. Taylor-Butler Appearing
August 15, 2019 - August 19, 2019
Worldcon, also know as The World Science Fiction Convention, is a traveling event that offers countless activities and a large award ceremony for the best books in the science fiction and fantasy categories, known as the Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards were named after Hugo Gernsback, a creator of Amazing Stories, a prominent science fiction magazine. Thousands of people will converge on this central location for costume parties, dancing, exhibits, films, gaming, art shows, live theater performances, and more. Author Christine Taylor-Butler (The “Lost Tribes” series) will be participating programs and events. For more details, Christine’s schedule is below:
Thursday, August 15, 2019
15:00 (3pm) Writing for children
CCD: Wicklow Hall 2B
The process used in writing literature for children is different from those for young adult and adult fiction, as are many of the elements needed. What are those elements? How do authors adjust their style? And how do they avoid the ultimate mistake of talking down to a child?
Amy McCulloch (M), Molly Ker Hawn, Christine Taylor-Butler, Delia Sherman
Friday, August 16, 2019
12:00 (noon) Great heroes of children’s literature
CCD: Wicklow Hall 2B
From Matilda Wormwood to Aang, Lyra Belacqua, and Jim Hawkins – just to name a few – some of our most memorable and significant heroes come from children’s literature. Why do these heroes make such a big impact on us, no matter our age? What turns these ordinary kids into extraordinary heroes? What do our young protagonists have to teach their adult counterparts about courage, loyalty, and the ability to overcome the scariest villains?
Christine Taylor-Butler (Moderator), Holly Black, Peter Beagle, Sarah Rees Brennan
16:00 (4pm) Cities of the future
CCD: Liffey Hall-2
From Dublin to Delhi, cities of the future are nearly here. Soon over 50% of the world’s population will live in urban centres that must change to sustain life and overcome challenges to deliver services. Simultaneously, innovations in tech promise smart cities. How can we plan for future cities; how might technologies change; and what benefits or risks do we face in these futuristic spaces?
Renee Sieber (M), Ian McDonald, Dr Feng Zhang, Christine Taylor-Butler
Saturday, August 17, 2019
15:30 (3:30pm) The role of fantastical creatures
Point Square: Odeon 3
Whether they are protectors or dangerous beasts to be feared, children’s literature is filled with creatures of all kinds: big creatures, small creatures, thin creatures, tall creatures. From Pantalaimon to the Grinch, the Dementors, Winnie-the-Pooh, and more, we will take a special look at the fantastical literary creatures of children’s fiction.
Thomas Årnfelt (M), Christine Taylor-Butler, Dave Rudden, Amy McCulloch, Dr Carlos Hernandez
Sunday, August 18, 2019
10:00 Kaffeeklatsch: Christine Taylor-Butler
CCD: Level 3 Foyer – 50 minutes
14:00 (2pm) Science experiments (Children’s Programme)
Spencer Hotel: Columba 2 (Children’s)
Children’s writer and scientist Christine Taylor-Butler shows how to change water density with salt and float eggs, how to float paper clips using surface tension, and how to make a gas and use it – properly! (50 minutes)
16:30 (4:30pm) Group reading: fiction for kids and young adults
Point Square: Alhambra – 50 minutes
Dublin 2019 presents a special group reading for lovers of children’s and young adult fiction. Our authors provide a range of stories and topics that are sure to delight and entertain!
Christine Taylor-Butler (Moderator), Delia Sherman, Ruth Frances Long