Ireland has a long tradition of writers, this is not news to most but, we also have a long tradition when it comes to fantasy, science fiction and horror which has been very influential. From the fantastical tales of Jonathon Swift, to Lord Dunsany, (who influenced writers such as H. P. Lovecraft, J.R.R Tolkien to even Neil Gaiman.) to C.S. Lewis who not only wrote about Narina, but wrote science fiction as well and then there are the Gothic Horror writings of Joesph Sheridan le Fanu. Ireland also had a tradition of writers moving to live here, from Anne McCafftery, Harry Harrison, Diane Duane and CE Murphy.The national Irish science fiction convention Octocon has been running from 1990, and last August they the 36th European Science fiction convention Shamrokon in Dublin. The 3 day event which is expecting over 1,000 attendees (of which 900 have already signed up) is being held in the newly refurbished Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on the Burlington Road.
http://esfs.info/ The European Science Fiction Society decide who will host each year and at Shamrokon the The European Science Fiction Society Awards will be presented.
Our quests of Honour are:
The Golden Blasters Irish Scifi short film festival will be taking place with awards for best script, two for best film one voted upon by the judges and one by the audience members.
Shamrokon also has an Art show which will feature some of the oringals from one of our Guests of Honour Jim Fitzpatrick.
Dr Sketchy’s Dublin are coming to run thier wonderful Anti Art School.
As this year is the 200th birthday of J Sheridan le Fanu, they will have a series of panels and discussion on his work & his influence on Gothic horror.
There will be many, many panels, a writers workshop, a cosplay photo shoot, a LARP and much more.
You can sign up for a membership ticket on our website: http://www.shamrokon.ie/content/membership