I've been scolded before for not letting people know about public events I'm participating in -- but in truth, there aren't very many these days, for I've too much work to catch up on to allow myself to be lured out of my studio very often. But if you live in the south-west of England, here are events where you can catch me in the coming weeks:
* Kelly Martinez (Laughing Magpie Productions) has organized a Faery weekend in Dartmouth, consisting of a Winter Faerie Ball on Saturday night (November 28th), and a day of demos, talks, art displays and other events dedicated to Faerie, Fantasy & Mythology on Sunday (the 29th). Howard and I will be there on Sunday, giving a talk on the history of Women and Fairy Tales. Several of our friends and neighbors are going too: Brian and Wendy Froud will be speaking about their work as artists and filmmakers; Elizabeth-Jane Baldry will be performing on the harp and presenting one of the fairy tale films created by the Chagford Filmmaking Group; Katy Marchant's Daughters of Elvin will be performing for the Faery Ball on Saturday night, and she'll discuss her experiences with medieval music and dance on Sunday. There will be many other artists on hand as well, with programming geared to both adults and children.
If dressing up in fairy wings ain't your thing, then on Saturday December 5th come to the Chagford Christmas Art Market for a bit of mulled wine, home-made cakes, and art. The event will feature work by an ecclectic range of Dartmoor-based artists -- including painters, illustrators, jewelry makers, fabric artists, and ceramicists -- as well as an art raffle in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance and Chagford Primary School. It all takes place in Chagford's Jubilee Hall from 9 am to 1 pm. (Please note that it's a morning event only.) I'll have prints for sale, and maybe some cards too...if I can get them done in time....
I don't have any public gigs coming up in the U.S. this year, but for those of you who like to plan way ahead: next year I've agreed to be a Guest of Honor (with Holly Black and Marie Brennan) at Sirens, an annual conference dedicated to women in fantasy literature, taking place from October 7th to 10th in Vail, Colorado. I'll also be the Keynote Critic at the Fantasy Matters conference at the University of Minnesota, which will be sometime later that same month. I don't have much information about the Minnesota conference yet (though I know that Jane Yolen is a Guest of Honor this time, which is reason enough to attend), but as soon as they have their dates set and the website up, I'll post the info here.
Art above: Faery Ball banner art by Linda Ravenscroft. Drawing of Christmas bunnies by me. The other little drawing is the Fantasy Matters logo; I'm afraid I don't know who it's by.