Regency Banquet a highlight of #Conflux9

The Conflux 9 Regency Banquet was held on Saturday night in the ballroom of the Rydges Capital Hill in Canberra.

With entertainment from Earthly Delights, the nearly 70 ball-goers minueted and reeled their way through a delightful evening.

While the dancing and costumes were charming, the undoubted highlight of the evening was the sumptuous Regency feast* prepared by the hotel’s chefs according to recipes created by Conflux’s own Gillian Polack.

Ball guests feasted on three incredible courses:

First Course

  • A pretty dish of eggs
  • Chicken forced with caper sauce
  • White mushroom fricassee
  • Mashed parsnips
  • Tomatoes
  • French beans
  • Almond cheesecakes
  • Brentford rolls

Second Course

  • Roast sirloin with mustard sauce
  • Salad with salad cream
  • Green peas soup
  • Savoury vegetables
  • Broccoli

Third Course

  • Burnt almonds
  • Ginger drops
  • Rice cake with raspberry cream
  • Almond jumbles
  • Moonshine pudding
  • Royal cake
  • Apricot ice cream

The recipes can be found in Five Historical Feasts by Gillian Polack, available from CSFG Publishing.

* Your correspondent, dear readers, is still feeling fabulously full from feasting. If you should hear no more from me, it is because I have expired. Do not be sad, dear readers, for I shall have died quite content.

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#Conflux9 Art Show opens

The Conflux 9 Art Show is open. With a range of speculative fiction-related works, there’s something for everyone, from wearable art to mixed media to digital art to oil and brush masterpieces. Most pieces are available for purchase – auction forms are available in the Art Show room and at Registration.

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#Conflux9 Dealers Room opens for business

dealers3 Dealers1 Dealers2The Conflux 9 Dealers Room is open for business.

As you can see from the pictures, spec fiction fans of all ages are keen to snap up a new read.

Dealers are: Storm Glass Books (Conflux 9 Bookseller), Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Australian Romance Readers Association, The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild, Celestial Cobbler, Creative Corsetry, Fablecroft Publishing and Twelfth Planet Press.

Join them at the Con. Opening hours are:

Thursday (today): 1-5.30pm

Friday: 9am-6pm

Saturday: 9am-6pm

Sunday: 9am-3.30pm

The Market Day will be held on Saturday. Check your Con program for details.

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Conflux 9 is underway!

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We are underway with Conflux 9, Australia’s national speculative fiction convention for 2013.

Registrations are streaming in, being managed with aplomb, as always, by Karen Herkes and her crew (Tara and Maddi).

Workshops are underway on Level 1 at Rydges Capital Hill and we are gearing up for the Con’s first social event, the Steampunk High Tea, at 3pm in the Atrium.

See you there?

 

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Conflux media release – National science fiction writing festival set to blast off in Canberra

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The 52nd Australian National Science Fiction Convention (NATCON) will be held in Canberra from 25-28 April 2013 at the Rydges Capital Hill hotel. As well as being the 2013 NATCON, the convention is the 9th Conflux, the annual Canberra speculative fiction convention.

Set to be the biggest sci-fi writing festival held this year, the event will feature workshops, panel sessions with Australian and international guests, a Regency-themed banquet, a masquerade disco and a steampunk high tea.

Conference co-chairs Donna Hanson and Nicole Murphy said the NATCON was coming to Canberra in 2013 to help the national capital celebrate its centenary. We pitched for NATCON to come to Canberra back in 2011. We are so excited it is almost here – some of the guests of honour have never appeared in Australia before and we can’t wait to hear what they have to say about the future of speculative fiction.

While the main focus of the conference is on writing, we welcome any fan of science fiction or fantasy. We’re thrilled that many of the participants are readers and fans. We’ve worked hard to make the program as inclusive as possible and we hope that we’ll see a lot of new faces at this year’s convention.

Not only will the panels and workshops be interesting, diverse and fun, but convention members also have the chance to express their creative side with a steampunk-themed high tea and a masquerade disco with the theme of “angels, junk, steam”.

The social events are a fabulous opportunity to get out your Edwardian or Regency costume (we just know you’ve got one in the back of your cupboard) and have a little fun as we celebrate the diversity of the Australian science and speculative fiction community.

We are also having a Regency Gothic banquet on the Friday night of the convention, which will feature authentic Regency-era food. The menu was prepared by local historian, Dr Gillian Polack.

For more information about the conference, to view the program and to register to attend, visit the website: www.conflux.org.au

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Guest of Honour shortlisted for Aurealis Awards

kaaron1Conflux 9 Guest of Honour Kaaron Warren has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Awards with her science fiction short story “The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club” (Exotic Gothic 4, PS Publishing) and her horror short story “Sky” (Through Splintered Walls, Twelfth Planet Press). Through Splintered Walls was also shortlisted in the Collection category.

Congratulations to Kaaron and other Conflux 9 panellists and members shortlisted for the awards, which will be announced at a gala ceremony in Sydney on 18 May 2013. For more information about the Aurealis Awards and for a full list of finalists, visit www.aurealisawards.org

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Conflux’s Kaaron Warren recommended by Locus

Locus Magazine has included Conflux 9 Special Guest Kaaron Warren in its 2012 Recommended Reading List.

Karen’s novella ‘Sky’ (which appeared in her four-story collection Through Splintered Wallsis featured in the list, which reads like a veritable ‘who’s who’ of speculative fiction.

You can find out more about Kaaron on the Guests page.

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Locus recommends Conflux 9 international guest of honour

verdigrisLocus Magazine has included Conflux 9 International Guest of Honour Nalo Hopkinson in its 2012 Recommended Reading List.

Nalo’s young adult novel The Chaos and her short story ‘The Easthound’ feature on the list alongside an absolute swag of the best speculative stories on the planet (and possibly off the planet too).

Don’t forget to pre-order Nalo’s books so you can collect them at Conflux.

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