Posts Tagged ‘Gillian Polack’


Bookings for the Conflux 6 Banquet close in 2 days! And there won’t be another banquet til 2011. Pre-dinner drinks and nibbles will be set in 1945 – the first Mardi Gras after the war. Cocktails and Jazz set the scene! Then for the dinner we move back in time to the culinary delights of the 1880s.

The setting is the private home by the great hostess Severine Sallier in northern Louisiana. The Conflux theme for this year is Secrets – and there are plenty of secrets buried in the Bayou.

Come in costume – as a the creature from the black lagoon, a vampire, a pirate, a ghost, or as a southern belle out of Gone with the Wind. Come in the year’s hottest new fashion – a bustle. Or drag out your scandalous corset.

Come in your Dad or Mum’s 1945 suit.

Or just come as yourself. Just don’t miss out on the fun.

The Banquet will be held on Saturday evening on 3 October, at the Marque Hotel Canberra, commencing 7pm with pre-dinner drinks.

Tickets are $52 per person. Let us know if you want vegetarian, gluten free or other food. You’ll find the booking form and contact details on the Conflux Website at http://www.conflux.org.au.

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This year’s Conflux Virtual Mini-Con will be held on Sunday 3oth August 2009.  The program (like most programs it is a moving feast – so note that things might change) is:

9am to 9.30am – Welcome, introduction and Conflux generally.

9.30 to 10.30am Liz Argall

10.30 to 11.30am Gillian Polack

11.30 to 12.30pm Richard Harland

12.30 to 1.30pm Jim Minz (10.30pm Saturday US time)

1.30 to 2.30pm Maxine McArthur

2.30 to 3.30pm Bruce R Gillespie

3.30 to 4.30pm Cat Sparks

4.30 to 5pm – Closure Gillian Polack and Stuart Herring

Of course, there will be other interesting forum.  Join us online at http://conflux.org.au.

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Conflux Poster and Cover Art: Brian Smith

Last night I discovered  Keri Arthur’s Aussie speak dictionary for the podcast on the Urban fantasy versus paranormal she did with Jane Routley and myself at Conflux 4 in 2007. (There’s also a link to the podcast on Marta Acosta’s vampire wire ).

That panel was a lot of fun, and thinking about it reminded me of the other great panels that were produced as podcasts.

I chaired a panel on The dead body – How to kill someone heroically, where Keri, Richard Harland and I were treated to a brilliant display of sword fighting by Chris Barnes (unfortunately the visuals don’t show in the podcast 🙂 ) and participated in Telling the future – how divination really works, with Kylie Seluka (Chair) and Margi Curtis.

There were panels and inerviews with Kevin J Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, Garth Nix, Trudi Canavan, Graham Joyce, Jonathan Strahan, Simon Brown, Rob Hood, Maxine McArthur, Sean Williams, Terry Dowling, Karen Miller, Sharyn Lilley, Donna Hanson, Gillian Polack, Kaaron Warren, Leigh Blackmore, Cat Sparks, Jack Dann, Liz Argall among other talented writers.

All the Conflux4 podcasts produced by Joffre Street Productions are still available online at the Conflux website  here.

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Canberra – October 2009 – Conflux is on again for lovers of horror, fantasy and sf.

Conflux 6 is digging up Secrets from many times and places, with a particular fondness for secrets of the Louisiana bayous.

There is a flavoursome bridging of three time periods in thee centuries. How did this happen? Did someone leave the tardis on, or is it just ghosts dancing the timewarp again in their tatty fishnet stockings

The 1940s jazz almost covers the blood curdling howls, while you sip your excellent vintage cocktail.  Gorgeous costumes and good conversation distract you from those misty glimpses of mercifully forgotten  … secret things.

At the stately dinner, where you’ll be served fine 1880s French Louisianna cuisine, you’ll hear whispers of scandals.

Shh! We know there are pirates lurking in the Contraband Bayou – but what other secrets does the bayou hold? What was that thing that went bump in the night? And who was that body someone found last week, the one draped in Spanish moss? Looks like someone must have bled it right out though the neck.

Gillian Polack can tell you more at Food History – http://www.foodpast.com/.

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Conflux and after

I didn’t make it to Conflux http://www.conflux.org.au/ this year.  Instead I  foolishly broke my arm.

I designed and edited all the progress reports and the con book.  They’re snazzy in a 1920s, fannish way and I’ve heard they went down well with con goers.

I stopped off at Gillian Polack’s blog at http://gillpolack.livejournal.com/site today.  She said the missed me there.

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