Evening Socials

We are delighted to announce the first of our Evening Socials activities that will be taking place after the day’s programme is concluded.

City Chambers Wine Reception

Wednesday 13/07, 18:30, Free

The Lord Provost’s office will welcome all Once and Future Fantasies delegates to Glasgow. Join us for an evening drinks reception at the Glasgow City Chambers, one of the city’s most prestigious buildings, overlooking Glasgow’s iconic George Square.

CHOOSING FANTASY: a Salon discussion with Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, and Terri Windling   

Friday 15/07, 18:30-20:00, Free.

We who’ve wandered the Hills Beyond, or picked up magic coins in the gutter, know why we make the choice to devote our lives to fantasy & mythic literature — but it can be a hard sell to a world convinced that Fantasy = Escapism = Avoiding Reality. They don’t realize that great fantasy strikes deep, teaching without being pedantic, giving us the tools to live in the reality no one can actually escape.

Writing after the trauma of World War II, Anais Nin said: “I had to create a world of my own…in which I could breathe, reign, and recreate myself…[That creation is] a gift for others, in the end. When you make a world tolerable for yourself, you make the world tolerable for others.”  From folk and fairy tales to the modern novel, fantasy literature and fantastic arts can light the way through the dark woods.

 Join three Wise Women of Fantasy —whose many years of experience encompass writing and editing award-winning mythic and fantastic literature, and also the scholarship thereof— as they discuss the ways fantasy can make reality possible.

Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman. Photo by Malka Svei

Ellen Kushner’s 1987 novel Swordspoint, considered by many to be the fons et origo of the Fantasy of Manners subgenre, introduced readers to the compelling “Riverside” city to which she subsequently returned in two more novels, a growing handful of short stories, and, most recently, the collaborative serial prequel, Tremontaine (Realm.com). A longtime performer and U.S. public radio host, Ellen Kushner was invited to narrate all three of her “Riverside” novels as audiobooks for Neil Gaiman Presents, and won an Audie Award for Swordspoint. Her Thomas the Rhymer  (World Fantasy Award, Mythopoeic Award) is one of the Gollancz “Fantasy Masterwork” series. With Holly Black, she co-edited Welcome to Bordertown, a continuation of the original shared world series created by Terri Windling, which Kushner was an integral part of. She and her wife, author and educator Delia Sherman, do their best to divide their time between their over-stuffed apartment in New York City, the city of Paris, and somewhere interesting they’ve never been before.  www.EllenKushner.com

Delia Sherman writes short stories and novels for adults and young readers. Several of her short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards. Her middle grade novel The Freedom Maze received the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Prometheus Award. Young Woman in a Garden, a collection of short stories, came out in 20014 from Small Beer Press.  Her most recent projects are MG novel The Evil Wizard Smallbone and 3 episodes in the Serial Box series Whitehall in collaboration with Liz Duffy Adams. She has taught several writing workshops, including Clarion, the Hollins University Program in Children’s Literature, and Odyssey. She can write almost anywhere, but prefers cafes and comfy sofas near a source of tea. She lives in New York City with her wife Ellen Kushner and many books, most of which at least one of them has read.  Besides writing and reading other people’s manuscripts, favorite occupations are travel, knitting, cooking, and having fun adventures, as long as they don’t involve zombies or long-leggedy beasties. https://www.deliasherman.com/

Terry Windling. Photo by Jonathan Higgs

Terri Windling is a writer, editor, artist, and folklorist specialising in fantasy and mythic arts. She has published over forty books, receiving nine World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award (for her novel The Wood Wife), the Bram Stoker Award, and SFWA’s Solstice Award for “outstanding contributions to the speculative fiction field as a writer, editor, artist, educator, and mentor”; she’s also been short-listed twice for the Shirley Jackson Award and once for the Tiptree (for The Armless Maiden). Terri writes fiction for adults and children, nonfiction on folklore and fairy tales, and a World Fantasy Award nominated blog: Myth & Moor. She has edited fantasy fiction since the 1980s, working with many of the major writers in the field; and she’s published anthologies for adult and young readers, including sixteen volumes in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror series and six volumes in the Snow White, Blood Red series of adult fairy tales, all co-edited with Ellen Datlow.

Born in the U.S., she now now lives with her British husband (a theatre director and puppeteer) in a small Dartmoor village full of artists. They have one grown daughter, an elderly dog, and a tiny house crowded with books and puppets.

Once and future Fantasies Ceilidh

Saturday 16/07, 19:00, ticketed

Sign up here for a night of fun, dance, and great music!