Crossing Boundaries: Histories of International SF/F for Children
Thursday 11:00 - 12:00, Capital Suite 6 (ExCeL)
Is there a ‘shared’ understanding of the fantastic across cultures? How have fantasy (and science fiction) narratives for young readers evolved in different countries and storytelling traditions? What kinds of stories succeed or fail in crossing national borders and why? How are these transnational stories from ‘Other’ places received and read in their new contexts? What are some affinities and tensions between these different ‘imagined communities’? This panel will address the development of international traditions of fantasy (and science fiction) for young readers and the relationship between the local, the national and the global in the world of children’s literature. Drawing upon the range of the panelists’ national and transnational experiences, we will explore issues around the intersections between regional, national and international literatures and the representation of diversity, identity and the Other in fantastic texts for young people.
Dr. Patricia Kennon (M), Sanna Lehtonen, Michael Levy, K.V. Johansen, Catherine Butler
What's In a Name?
Thursday 16:30 - 18:00, Capital Suite 7+12 (ExCeL)
Megan Lindholm/Robin Hobb, Iain (M) Banks, Tom/Thomas Holt, James SA Corey, Mazarkis Williams: many people publish under pseudonyms, some more subtle than others. Why do writers opt for a pen-name? Why do some have more than one? How important is 'branding' to marketing genre fiction, and what role do genre and gender divides play in the decision?
Bella Pagan (M), Catherine Butler, Robin Hobb, Ben Jeapes, Seanan McGuire
Also, I gather that this is the publication day for this book of essays on Philip Pullman, which I edited with my friend (and sometime student) Tommy Halsdorf. If you haven't bought your beach book yet, why not give it a try?