Hi Everyone – below is the latest timetable.  It’s all very exciting – just a few days left to go until Conflux.

We’ve had a such good turnout that we’ve had to hire an extra room! Note that readings scheduled for Cook 1 will only be held in that room if the Gallery or Bar is uncomfortably crowded.

Conflux membership includes a catered buffet lunch on Saturday. The theme of the lunch is 1950s and prizes will be given for the best 1950s outfit or the loudest Hawaiian shirt. We need to confirm numbers for catering with Novotel  in advance so please let the Conflux Chair know if you are coming for lunch by Tuesday, and if you have any special dietary requirements.   If you buy your membership on the day and we don’t know you are coming, you may miss out on attending the  lunch. In this event, you will not be charged for Saturday lunch.

You can also download  a pdf version of this Latest Timetable.


Jones – Lecture layout Clarke – lecture layout Cook – workshops, discussions,Cook 1 (near door)                         Cook 2 (near whiteboard) Keelty – Dealers, Craft,  Art, Author in Residence, Gallery, Bar & Café – Readings Chillout and conversation zone
9 am Registration opens Dealers room open
9.10 – 9.50 am

Opening Ceremony  Jack Dann and The Fildenstar

10 am – 11 am What makes fantasy epic?
Rik Lagarto, Sabrina de Souza,Mik Bennett
Evil Overlord panel with Jack Dann as Evil Overlord –
Pat Gallagher, Kaaron Warren, Rob Porteous, Lewis Morley and David Versace
K J Taylor and Tor Roxburgh 
What makes a good fantasy / sf / horror story? Sue Isle,
Ian McHugh, Alan Baxter
11 am – 12 pm Story and Plot Structure in Superhero Comics
Rob Hood, Conor Bendle, Alan Baxter, Lewis Morley
Keri Arthur Guest Spot with Tracey O’Hara Speculative poetry discussion Penelope Cottier, Ross Hamilton, Talie Helene, Frankie Seymour
12 pm  Lunch One Restaurant
1 pm- -2 pm Romance Writers of the Apocalypse Tracey O’Hara,
Nicole Murphy, Jodi Cleghorn
Talk – Theatre of the dead
Patrick Gallagher
How to write prophesies
Gillian Polack, K J Taylor, Sabrina de Souza
Speculative poetry readings
Penelope Cotter, Ross Hamilton, Talie Helene, Frankie Seymour
Author in Residence:Tor Roxburgh
2 pm -3 pm ReadingJack Dann and Adam Browne Trends in apocalyptic & post-apocalyptic writing  – changes since 1950s
Cat Sparks, Jodi Cleghorn, Claire McKenna, Gillian Polack
Comics-history & current trends Mik Bennet, Lewis Morley, Shauna O’Meara, Marilyn Pride The art of scene and mood setting in dark speculative fiction
Alan Baxter, Tracey O’Hara,
Lily Mulholland
Ice your dalek cookie – Karen Herkes and
Donna Hanson
3 pm – 4 pm Conflux Fiction Contest Winners  read their  stories Keith Stevenson Guest Spot Dr Who apocalyptic stories
Lawrie Brown, Alan Chick,
Dawn Meredith,
4 pm – 5 pm How do you write a good non-human romantic lead?
Janeen Webb, Keri Arthur, Tracey O’Hara
CSFG Anthology Readings Is it more important for science in Sci-Fi to be accurate or just believable?  Craig Cormick, Phill Berrie, Rob Porteous Author in Residence
Sue Isle
Gillian Polack and Cat Sparks
5 pm – 6 pm Zombie apocalypse  Simon Petrie, Cat Sparks, Sue Isle How to Build an Android
David Dufty, Crisetta Macleod, Dawn Meredith
Role playing – an Apocalyptic who done it – Karen Herkes Author in Residence
Adam Browne
Karron Warren and Rob Hood
6 pm Meetup in One Bar for Saturday night book launches at Smiths Alternative Bookshop
Saturday Night7 pm onwards Smiths Alternative Bookshop – Five books launches –  launched by Conflux MC Jack Dann:   Jodi Cleghorn – From Stage Door Shadows;
Gillian Polack – Ms Celllophane (e-book);  Craig Cormick – Time Vandals;  Tor Roxburgh – The Light Heart of Stone; Greg Mellor – Wild Chrome
Galaxy Nightclub From 9pm onwards – 1990s dancing –Meetup to be arranged


Jones – Lecture layout ClarkeLecture layout Cook – workshops, discussions,Cook 1 (near door)                         Cook 2 (near whiteboard) Keelty – Dealers, Craft,  Art, Author in Residence, Gallery, Bar & Café – Readings Chillout and conversation zone
9.00  Registration opens Dealers room open
9 am  – 10 am Joss Whedon and the plural of Apocalypse Mik Bennett, Jane Virgo, Tara Ott, Val Toh Using lessons from apocalypses past in your fiction  Ian McHugh Readings
Dawn Meredith and Crisetta McLeod
Writing dialogue workshop
Alan Baxter, Rik Lagarto
Author in Residence:
Jodi Cleghorn
10 am  – 11 am CSFG Anthology Readings Independent publishing and speculative fiction Keri Arthur, Keith Stevenson, Bill Congreve, Simon Petrie, Jodi Cleghorn, Readings
Kaaron Warren and Kimberley Gaal
Death by chocolate
Tara Ott, Mik Bennett
Author in Residence
Craig Cormick
11 am – 12pm Urban Fantasy as Alternate Reality  Keri Arthur, Claire McKenna, Ross Hamilton Pyrotechnicon – From Concept to finished Book –  Adam Browne and Keith Stevenson Readings
Rob Porteous and
Phill Berrie
Imagery: How do you use the things you see in your horror fiction ? Talie Helene, Kaaron Warren, Shauna O’Meara Build your own Volcano
Karen Herkes
12  – 12.20pm Reading  Rob Hood The Adjustable Cosmos (film)  closed

Findenstar Setup

12.20  – 1.15pm  Fildenstar Concert  Fildenstar Concert  Fildenstar Concert Fildenstar Concert Conflux AGM  Exact time & venue to be confirmed.
1.15 – 2.15 pm What makes a good short story? Cat Sparks, Rob Porteous, Crisetta Macleod Australian Apocalypse / Post Apocalypse films  Karen Herkes, Rob Hood, Lewis Morley, Marilyn Pride Pyrotechnicon Booklaunch
Adam Browne and
Keith Stevenson
Author in Residence
K J Taylor
Keri Arthur,
2.15 – 3.15 pm Mashpunk – does steampunk play well with others?
Louise Curtis, Conor Bendle, Marilyn Pride, Rik Lagarto
Science of environmental apocalypse and its potential use in your science fiction
Cat Sparks, Frankie Seymour, Simon Petrie, Phill Berrie
Janeen Webb and
Jodi Cleghorn
Science discussion / workshop – physiology of fear –
Karen Herkes
Author in Residence: Bill Congreve
3.15 – 4.15 pm Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy – A retrospective lookConor Bendle, Rob Hood,Mik Bennett Time travel – paradoxes are only the first step  Guy Micklethwait, Gillian Polack, Lawrie Brown, Adam Browne Readings Alan Baxter and Ian McHugh Other entities – Fantasy beyond dragons, fairies, kings and queens K J Taylor
Tor Roxburgh, Lily Mulholland
4.15 – 5.15 pm, YA Fiction – What’s next
Dawn Meredith Tara Ott, Craig Cormick, Conor Bendle
Great Debate – Zombies vs Vampires Jack Dann mediator, Keith Stevenson, Keri Arthur,
Pat Gallagher, Rob Hood, Kimberley Gaal, John Morris
Point of view workshop
Janeen Webb, Kaaron Warren
Pack up room KaffeeklatschJodi Cleghorn and Adam Browne
5.15  – 6.00 pm Closing Ceremony 5 pm Happy hour
6.00 pm Meetup in One Bar for King O’Malleys
6.00 pm onward Dead Dogs Party and dinner at King O’Malleys