The dates are Thurs 27 Sept to Sunday 30 Sept, altho the main content doesn’t really start till 1pm on Friday 28 Sept. The venue is the Royal Albion Hotel in Brighton, same as last year. Why Brighton? Not a very central location for a national convention, is it? Well, it’s all cos World Horror Con took place there a few years back and did quite well, while FantasyCon in Nottingham (10 years straight) was beginning to dwindle.
Brighton is of course always busy and horrendously expensive. Everything I earn from teaching this summer will probably get blown in the first few hours. Will I really be attending, shlepping down from Manchester? Spending my brithday in a stuffy hotel, getting my wrists slapped for saying I don’t rate such-and-such a writer, etc? Really? Hmm. Probably. It would be rude not to. And Richard and Andrew would rightly be chastising me for not sticking to last year’s drunken promise that the three musketeers would ride again!