Well what can I say? It strikes me as being a bit narcissistic to write a review of a convention that I’ve run. And of course, I was unable to attend the panels, so I can’t really comment on them. If those of you who were there would like to pass on comments re the panels, please feel free to do so.
I will admit to being a bit nervous having the opening on the Friday night, and having a performance by a theatre group, as this was uncharted waters. However I soon realised this was working. Between the opening, the book launch and the Edgar Allan Poe performance from the Moonlight Theatre Company, I knew we were off to a great start. In fact the only problem was that it was too good, with approx. 60 people being there on the night.
From there I must say it was a bit of a blur, but all went very well.
By Sunday night, I knew the convention had made a profit and that everyone had a great time, judging by all the comments passed to me.
So some high lights and stats:
The final tally was 132 guests and members, which is I think the largest attendance for a P-Con to date.
There were 3 book launches, by Brian J Showers, Steve Westcott, and of course our esteemed Guest Of Honour C.E. Murphy.
Many thanks are owed to a number of people, as while I may have said I ran the convention, of course there were many more involved.
Peter and Niamh were co-chairs and did a lot in the last few weeks coming up to the event, especially Peter who did a lot of last minute running around while I was unable too, despite just starting a new job.
My wife and family, all of whom were there at one stage or another over the weekend, with thanks to Kittle (Aoife) for her raffle ticket selling skills.
Brian, the face that greets you at the desk. It’s hard to picture a convention in Ireland with Brian being behind the desk.
Sorcha and her crew from Maynooth
The St Johns Ambulance
The Hotel who was very helpful.
The guests of course, of which C. E. Murphy was an entertaining and vivacious guest of honour.
The auctioneers slash double act of Michael and John.
And last but not least, thanks to all you who were there. As I have said before, I didn’t run the convention for me, it’s run for you.
I do have a number of photos from the weekend which I will post soon, but if anyone has photos themselves I’d love a copy so please email them to me.
Believe it or not, the work for P-Con VI has started. The Guest Of Honour will be Paul Cornell. This is his first time as a GOH, which I had not realised, so I’m proud to be the first to do so. We also have as a guest Maura McHugh. While she is no stranger to Irish conventions (having run some in the past) this is her first time to be invited as an author. Other newcomers include Chaz Brenchley and Liz Williams.
That’s all for now. Again many thanks to you all, and hope to see you again next year.
Be well all