Archive for May 2011

Aurealis Awards Wrap Up

My quick wrap up of the #aurealisawards and the #aasinperth is over at

Add a comment May 22, 2011

Aurealis Awards Cocktail Party

The Aurealis Awards are looming, and I can’t get there. So instead, I’m organising a small soiree to celebrate them. I’ve spoken to the AA organisers and there is a possibility that the even will be Skyped, and if that happens we will be able to watch as well as read any tweets

So, details:

WHERE: The Terrace Bar
Universal Bar
221 William Street
Northbridge WA 6003
(Just a short walk from the Perth Train Station)

WHEN: Saturday, 21 May starting at 5:00pm – 7:15pm

COST: Tickets are $35 per person, and this includes alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and a selection of canapés

This is a ticketed event.
Tickets are on sale from now until Thursday 19 May.

Please RSVP to or comment below.
Payment can be made via Paypal to

Add a comment May 7, 2011

My Swancon Journey

For me Swancon 2011 had been almost two years in the making. I was thrilled when the Committee approached me about twenty months ago and asked if I would be willing to help with finding a venue for them, and when they outlined their vision for Swancon 36 | Natcon 50, it was a vision I knew I could share and I jumped at the opportunity.

And what a journey it’s been.

I’ve gotten to know so many people in the fan community that were previously just names and faces. And I have been fortunate to meet and work with so many awesome people. There’s a whole sector of fandom that I never consciously knew existed. There’s a whole group of background workers that just make Swancon happen almost seamlessly. They quietly rock up and start helping, and if it wasn’t for them Swancon would have been a lesser experience for everyone, not just this year, but every year. A lot of them are people I think I’ve seen at every con I’ve been to – Rachel and Ruth, Doug and Linda to name a few -  but I’ve barely ever spoken to, and I’ve discovered this is my loss. It was an absolute privilege to get to know each of them a little better this year.

Swancon itself this year was a totally different experience for me, because, well, I was a bit busy helping behind the scenes. I was able to attend one panel on the Monday afternoon, and that was, I think, the extent of my panel attendance. But I did get to mingle and schmooze a bit.

An absolute highlight for me was the Awards Ceremony, and seeing so many deserving people win. Watching Thoraiya accept her awards with her daughter was beautiful. And having Galactic Suburbia win. It was sad that the hard work of all the winners was marred a little by the loud grumblings of a few, and I have to say, as someone who worked hard on counting the nominations and the ceremony, I couldn’t help but feel it was an attack on my own personal integrity.

So ultimately, what I’m taking away from this Swancon experience is a deeper understanding of a lot more people – people I worked with, spoke to, or observed (in real life and online). I’ve also gained a wealth of experience, and some amazing friendships, and that far and away over rides the negatives!


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I’ve Said It Once…

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