Dark purple text on a yellow rectangle, against a background image of outer space. Text: SBWN x WorldCon 2024. 8-12 August. In person & online. Scottish Events Campus, Glasgow. The WorldCon 2024 logo and SBWN logo are in the top right corner.

SBWN x WorldCon 2024

We are excited to announce our partnership with WorldCon: Glasgow 2024 – A WorldCon For Our Futures!

The convention takes place in Glasgow at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) and online from 8-12 August 2024. Activities include panels, readings, workshops, theatre and opera performances, dancing, and much more! More information here.

Access includes wheelchair access, sensory backpack provision, and BSL interpretation – access info. Access provisions must be booked through the SEC. WorldCon will also be offering an on-site creche, but will be charging for this service. We will update with more info once it becomes available.

SBWN Events at WorldCon

We will be hosting several events at WorldCon: a panel discussion, a writing workshop, and a live author showcase. Dates and times will be posted as soon as they are confirmed!

When the Future Hates and Fears Us: Techno-orientalism in SFF (in person)

9 August, 2:30-3:30pm

For fans and creators of colour, underrepresentation, erasure, and invisibility are major problems in SFF. For East and Southeast Asian fans and creators in particular, this is compounded by the racism and xenophobia of techno-orientalism: a damaging trope where East Asianness specifically is shorthand for dehumanisation, materialism, and dystopia (think Blade Runner, William Gibson, Cyberpunk 2077). How do we create and critique in genres that see us as the enemy?

Join Rho Chung, Mai-Anh Peterson, Eliza Chan, and moderator Kelly Kanayama for this one-hour panel.

Embracing Nature: Writing Workshop on Liberation through Climate Fiction (online only)

Join a one-hour workshop hosted by Lorraine Wilson. Through discussion and writing prompts, we’ll explore how the climate emergency challenges us to resist the forces that harm nature, how nature itself is resisting this harm, and how it can be a lens for speculative futures and a tool of liberation.  

A conservation scientist and third culture Scot, Lorraine lives by the sea writing stories influenced by folklore and the wilderness. She has a PhD from the University of St. Andrews and is the author of several books most recently The Last To Drown, and the upcoming We Are All Ghosts In The Forest. Winner of a BFA for her short fiction, her books have won the SoA ADCI Literary Prize, been longlisted for the BSFA, finalists for the BFA, Kavya and Saltire Awards, and twice winners of the SCKAwards. Lorraine has been stalked by wolves, caught the bubonic plague, and befriended pythons, but she now sticks to herding cats.

We Are Here! Scottish Black and PoC Writers Showcase (in person)

Come and hear Scotland’s Black and PoC SFF authors and emerging writers read their work.

Tickets and Registration

There are a wide range of ticket types for WorldCon, from full convention attendance to single day and multi-day passes. Find out more here.

WorldCon and SBWN will be running a giveaway to offer tickets to SBWN members who may otherwise be unable to attend. We’ll be posting details as soon as we have them!

Travel, Childcare and Data Bursaries

Please note that SBWN also has a limited number of travel, childcare and data bursaries available for SBWN members on a low income, even if you do not receive a free weekend pass. 

If you do not need a weekend pass plan and plan to attend only one day or an individual event/s and require a bursary, please email us.

Bursaries issued by SBWN for WorldCon 2024 are:

  • Travel bursary (up to £50)
  • Childcare bursary (up to £30 per day needed, max £90)
  • Data bursary (up to £16)

We will be updating this post with further details as soon as they become available.

We look forward to seeing you at WorldCon!
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