|In the bar with (from left) - Paul Melhuish, Peter Mark May, Ross Warren, Lisa Childs|
In the bar, we sat with Peter, Ross & Lisa and caught up with them, then James Everington arrived and it was good to see him (with Steve Harris and Phil Sloman not coming, we made up The Crusty contingent between us). After checking the programme, Peter, Paul & I decided to go to the 11.30 panel - “Trapped! Does Horror Need To Broaden Its Horizons?” - and as I queued at the bar to get us drinks, Stephen Volk strolled by. We shook hands and had a quick chat then Mark Morris appeared, so we chatted with him before heading upstairs to the Digital Suite (the normal theatres Edge-Lit uses weren’t available), chatting with Jenny Barber as we waited to go in. I also managed to say hello to Kathy Boulton, though we still never got that picture! The panel, moderated by Niki Valentine (who I interviewed here), was interesting and entertaining, approaching “trapped” in terms of sub-genre (the panel agreed with me that horror is a broad church) rather than commerciality. It was very well attended, with a good range of questions though Gary McMahon, who didn’t put his hand up, asked the question that I was going to (and I did have my hand up!). Grrr, that man and his magnificent mane of hair!
|Alison Littlewood & me being silly|
|Niki Valentine & me|
|Stephen Volk and Mark Morris in conversation|
|The Eagle Books party (from left) - Stephen Bacon, Ross Warren, Gary Couzens, John Travis, me, Priya Sharma, Paul Melhuish|
|With Stephen Bacon and Peter Mark May|
|With Gary McMahon and Stephen Bacon|
|At Ask Italian with (from left) - me, Paul Melhuish, James Everington, Ole Imsen, Sharon Ring, John Travis, Stephen Bacon|
Another excellent Convention spent in great company, I had a wonderful time. Roll on the next!