23 & 24 August 2018


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European Lesfic Literary Conference

Programme | ELLCon18 | 23 & 24 Aug

The Con will take place over 23 & 24 August 2018 (1.5 days).  Please allow for 9 am to 6 pm on Day 1 (23) and 9 am to 1 pm on Day 2 (24). Workshops are included in your ticket. Several breaks have be scheduled to allow you to talk to the authors one-on-one and get your books signed.


Vendor Tables will be located in the King’s Foyer on both days.
ELLCon values diversity, and we hope our panels similarly reflect the diversity in lesbian fiction publishing. We are looking forward to some lively discussions!

ELLCon18 DAY 1 Programme (King’s Room)

8.30-9.30 am – Arrival, Registration, Coffee/Tea, Ice Breaker
9.30-9.35 – Welcome
9.35-10.20 –  Panel 1: What is in a Cover? The Do’s and Don’ts of Designing a Winning Cover

Chair: Robyn Nyx

Panellists: Caroline Manchoulas, Sally Xerri-Brooks, Miranda MacLeod, May Dawney

10.20-10.30 – Break – Tea/Coffee in Royal Foyer
10.30-11.15 – Panel 2: Tropes in Publishing: should they be Embraced or Avoided?

Chair: Clare Lydon

Panellists: Clare Ashton, A. E. Radley, Brey Willows, G Benson

11.15-11.45 – Break – Tea/Coffee/sweet & savoury pastries in Royal Foyer
11.45-11.55 – Author ReadingSuzanne Egerton

12.00 -12.45 – Panel 3: When Writing Feels Like a Marathon – how to get over the Finish Line

Chair: May Dawney

Panellists: Jen Silver, Harper Bliss, Nita Round, Emma Nichols, Jane Fletcher
12.45-2 – BUFFET LUNCH (Royal Foyer)
2-2.45 – Panel 4: Better Reading Makes for Better Writing – how does reading Another’s work help your Own?

Chair: Justine Saracen

Panellists: T. B. Markinson, Emma Nichols, Robyn Nyx, Emma Sterner-Radley

2.50-3 – Author Reading Kiki Archer

3-3.20 – Break – Tea/Coffee in Royal Foyer
3.20-4.15 – Panel 5: Plotter or Pantser?: should you be Flexible or stick to your Plot Outline?

Chair: Andrea Bramhall

Panellists: Nita Round, Clare Ashton, G Benson, Kiki Archer, A. L. Brooks

4.15-4.45 – Break – Tea/Coffee/sweet & savoury pastries in Royal Foyer
4.45-5.30 – Panel 6: Finding Inspiration – Where do Ideas Originate from?

Chair: Emma Nichols

Panellists: Wendy Hudson, Suzanne Egerton, Anna Larner, Emma Sterner-Radley

5.30-6 – Time to chat to authors and book signings. Vendor tables will be located in the King’s Foyer on both days.


ELLCon18 DAY 2 Programme (King’s Room)

9 amDoors Open

9.30-10.15 – Panel 7: Should Lesbian Characters be more realistic?

Chair: Brey Willows

Panellists: Andrea Bramhall, Anna Larner, Wendy Hudson, Miranda MacLeod

10.15-10.30 – Break (tea/coffee can be bought from the bar)
10.30-11.15 – Panel 8: Diversity and Inclusivity: why representation matters

Chair: Jody Klaire

Panellists: Jae, A.L. Brooks, Justine Saracen, Jane Fletcher

11.15-11.45 – Break – Tea/Coffee/sweet & savoury pastries in Royal Foyer
12 -12.40 – Panel 9: Collaborations in Lesfic Publishing- how working together can benefit all

Chair: A. E. Radley

Panellists: T.B. Markinson (I Heart Lesfic), Caroline Manchoulas (My Lesfic), Jae (Lesbian Book Bingo), Clare Lydon (The Lesbian Book Club)

12.40-1 – Discussion + Farewells

ELLCon18 Day 1 Workshops (Lancaster Room)

11.45 am – 12.45 pm: Brey Willows and Robyn Nyx (Whose POV is it anyway?)

3.10-4.15 pm: Jody Klaire (Narrative Distance)