Announcing Our New Chair for Octocon 2023 – Paul Carroll

Our current Chair Sakura is stepping down after this year’s convention, and we are delighted to announce that our chair for 2023 will be … (insert drum roll) … Paul Carroll! Paul will be giving up the many hats he’s currently wearing (Guest Liaison / Trade Liaison / Co-Head of Programme) for one very big…

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Octocon Presents: Juliet E McKenna and The Green Man’s Gift

Wednesday 5th October 8pm Irish time (UTC+1) on our Twitch channel Juliet E McKenna launches her latest novel, The Green Man’s Gift, with the assistance of Cheryl Morgan of Wizard’s Tower Press. A teenage boy has turned up in Snowdonia, barely conscious and babbling about beautiful women and fairy feasts. The authorities blame magic mushrooms.…

Octocon is excited to announce our first 2022 in-person event – Cosplay Parade and Competition!

For the first time ever, we’re having a Cosplay Parade and Competition as part of Octocon, and we’d love you to come along in your cosplay! The parade and competition will take place on Saturday 15th October 2022 at Croke Park and day memberships are now available. Latest updates: Octocon is delighted to announce our…

Space Elevator Pitches – Present your idea to our panel!

Space Elevator Pitches! Live in hologram 4D, the Martian business leaders of the day after tomorrow pitch their ideas for the next stages of the human race. An expert panel of business leaders – who have already proven the value of capitalism in saving humanity – will be deciding our future fate based on the…

Octocon is delighted to announce –  Glasgow 2024 Hybrid Book Club!

Saturday 15th October, 17:30 – 18:30 IST (12:30-13:30 EDT) Glasgow 2024, a Worldcon for Our Futures, is running a Hybrid Book Club at Octocon this year, and we are delighted to host them! All Octocon members are welcome to join us in-person at Croke Park or online. Their chosen book is ‘Walking on Glass’ by…

Octocon is delighted to announce our next in-person guest – Maura McHugh

Joining us in Croke Park from Galway is award-nominated author across a multitude of media, Maura McHugh. Maura is a former Guest of Honour and we’re thrilled to welcome her back to Octocon.  Bio: Maura McHugh lives in Galway and writes across a variety of media, including prose, theatre, radio, film/TV, video games, and comic…

Octocon Presents: What’s in Your Cosplay Toolkit? (a workshop)

Friday September 23rd 2022 @ 7 – 8:30pm IST on Zoom We’re delighted to run this workshop as part of Culture Night Dublin! For the first time ever, we’re having a Cosplay Parade and Competition as part of Octocon and we’d love you to come along in your cosplay! Register to take part. To help…

Octocon Presents, September 2022: Julia Meitov Hersey

Tuesday 20th Sept 2022 @ 8pm IST In advance of her appearance as an Octocon 2022 online guest, award-winning translator Julia Meitov Hersey reads from novels she has recently translated, introduces us to the Dyachenkos, and chats to Cheryl Morgan about her career and experiences. Watch back on Twitch: https://twitch.tv/videos/1596455605 Participants: Julia Meitov Hersey, Cheryl Morgan Participant…

Octocon is delighted to announce our next in-person guest – ItsHannyu

Joining us in Croke Park is cosplayer, streamer, and digital artist – ItsHannyu. She will also be one of our Cosplay Competition judges, so don’t forget to sign up! Bio: In her own words…. I am a cosplayer, streamer and digital artist. I love creating content evolving around video games and anime. I started cosplaying in…

Meet Catherine (she/her) – Co-Head of Programme for 2022!

Next up on our Committee introductions is Catherine Sharp who is Co-Head of Programme this year! Pronouns: She/Her Bio: Catherine’s first conventions were in 2011/2012; in 2013 she offered herself up on the Octocon altar of volunteering and moderation and hasn’t stopped since. As well as running programme for Octocon for several years, she’s also…