As we come to the end of 2014, we’re looking forward to Easter, and we wanted to share some of the highlights that we have planned for Dysprosium.
First, we’re delighted to announce that Professor Elemental will be performing live on the Friday evening, 3rd April. Professor Elemental is a steampunk-flavoured mad Professor, and you can expect a combination of comedy and music, with friendly audience banter and plenty of improvisation. If you’ve seen the Professor before, you’ll be as pleased as we are that he’s joining us; if you haven’t, follow the link to his site and find out more!
On Saturday evening, 4th April, our Guest of Honour Seanan McGuire has very kindly agreed to give a concert, supported by Talis Kimberley and her band. In addition to her outstanding work as an author, Seanan is an award-winning singer/songwriter with unique original songs.
The trio of evening entertainments will be completed on Sunday 5th April by our Masquerade Ball, when the focus will shift to the wonderful creativity of our members themselves, with fannish costumes, outfits and ball-wear to round off the last full day of the convention.
We’re also pleased to highlight a few of the talks that will feature on the programme over the weekend:
- “Unseen London” – Showing how some of the real parts of London can be included in a fantasy story, and how some parts are even stranger than fiction;
- “Justice and the Home Department Way” – After all, people who blow up vampires and evil lairs don’t have a problem with the Police, Fire Service and Urban management, do they?;
- “Colonies in Space – Is Pluto a Planet?” – Note that the exact status of Pluto at the time of the convention is liable to change without warning;
- “Swashbucklers and Bravoes” – This will likely involve some demos of swordplay to accompany the talk.
Dysprosium will feature multiple programme streams, from Science to Science Fiction, and from Fantasy to Steampunk. The great majority of talks come from members who volunteer to give them, and we would still be delighted to add more. We’re especially keen to hear from women in STEM, and from other members who may not have participated before. We can assist anyone new to speaking with tips, tricks, and pointers, as well as helpful moderators.
These are just a few of the items that we have planned. As well as talks and entertainments, there will be events such as the long-standing favourite pub quiz (complete with prizes of questionable value!), panel discussions and workshops. If you’d like to be involved with or help with any of them, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!