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Juliet Marillier annouced as Guest of Honour at Au Contraire 3

Au Contraire 3 is delight to anounce Juliet Marillier has agreed to join us as a Guest of Honour at the Wellington convention. She’ll be hosting a panel at 11am on Sunday and guests are encouraged to bring questions for the Q & A afterwards.

A writer of historical fantasy. Juliet has been a full-time writer for about twelve years, after working as a music teacher and public servant. Born in Dunedin, New Zealand – the most Scottish city outside Scotland itself – she now lives in Western Australia.

Juliet’s novels combine historical fiction, folkloric fantasy, romance and family drama. The strong elements of history and folklore in her work reflect her lifelong interest in both fields. However, her stories focus above all on human relationships and the personal journeys of the characters.

Juliet is currently working on the Blackthorn & Grim series of historical fantasy/mysteries for adult readers. Her earlier books include the Sevenwaters series, set in early medieval Ireland, the Viking duology Saga of the Light Isles, the Bridei Chronicles, set in the kingdom of the Picts, and two series for young adults, the Wildwood books and the Shadowfell books. She has also written a stand-alone novel, Heart’s Blood, based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, and a collection of short fiction, Prickle Moon.

Juliet has won many awards for her writing, including five Aurealis Awards and four Sir Julius Vogel Awards, as well as the American Library Association’s Alex Award and the Prix Imaginales.

When not writing, Juliet is active in the field of animal rescue, and she shares her home with a small pack of rescue dogs. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren.

Te Papa to host Dreamworks Animation exhibition

Animation enthusiasts have an opportunity to see how their favourite characters came to life in a Dreamworks Animation exhibition hosted by the country’s national museum.

Dreamworks Animation would showcase their two decades of film-making that include rough sketches of a film through to the completed project at Wellington’s Te Papa museum.

Visitors would also be treated to an interactive “dragon flight” – inspired by the studio’s film How to Train Your Dragon.

This included an interactive panoramic dragon ride on the back of Toothless, a dragon in the movie.

The experience would also show visitors computer-generated imagery (CGI) film.Te Papa chief executive Rick Ellis said visitors could immerse themselves in the exhibition.

“This exhibition really draws back the curtain on the artistry and creative process that goes into creating these films,” he said.

The exhibition opens today and will finish in March next year.

ComicFest at Wellington Central Library – 1st & 2nd May

Wellington City Libraries are hosting a celebration of NZ cartoonists and comic creators and the comic book medium over the next few days – all welcome.

 

Today, Moth City creator and former Weta designer, Tim Gibson will be hosting a Digital comics workshop at the Central library from 5 – 6.30.

At 7.00 on the second floor, Tim Gibson, cartoonist and comics historian, Tim Bollinger, film maker and comics creator Jonathan King and publisher Matt Emery will discuss N.Z. comics current and future state.

Tomorrow is Free comic book day at the Central library and sponsors GRAPHIC comic store have provided over a thousand free comics to give away.

We have a Women’s comics panel with the editors of upcoming anthology, ‘Three Words’ and Weta’s Chris Guise will present on the transition of ‘Tintin: From comic to film.’

Novelist and cartoonist Sarah Laing will host a comics workshop first thing thanks to sponsors ‘The New Zealand book council.’

We also have a Manga drawing competition and Cosplay with prizes.

For more details and times here’s our Comicfest blog featuring a growing list of cartoonist profiles and event details – wcl.govt.nz/comicfest

And our Facebook events page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1577140529231221/

 

2001: A Space Odyssey

Don’t miss the opportunity to see the sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey on the magnificent big screen this Autumn!

The film charts the “progress of ‘civilisation’ through the influence of mysterious black monoliths on prehistoric apes developing their skills and, later, on astronauts involved in a secret mission to Jupiter” describes Geoff Andrew of the British Film Institute. “A cinematic milestone, and a huge influence on the development of the sci-fi genre.

Philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic demands the biggest screens on earth!

Regent, Dunedin

Friday April 17 at 4.15 pm

Sunday April 19 at 6.15 pm

Civic, Auckland

Thursday April 16 at 3.00 pm

Thursday April 16 at 8.45 pm

Sunday April 19 at 6.15 pm

Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch

Sunday May 17 at 5.30 pm

Embassy, Wellington

Saturday May 16 at 5.30 pm

Sunday May 17 at 5.30 pm

Every year in the four main centres, the organisers of the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) present NZIFF Autumn Events, a short series of new and classic films. For further info about this film, the full programme and ticketing details, visit www.nziff.co.nz/2015-autumn-events

Armageddon Expo Wellington 2015 ticketing costs – ON SALE MAY 1ST

ALL TICKETS GO ON SALE THROUGH TICKETEK 9AM MAY 1ST

VIP event tickets

SILVER Pass – $369.00
Limited to only 80 passes ONLY, includes the following:
A ticket to all days of one of the events
Limited edition SILVER PASS card
One 8×10 or personal item autograph from each guest (up to 3)
One standard guest photo with each guest (up to 3)
Priority access to the event
Priority access to autograph queues
Opening Party Ticket – A social event on the Friday evening, from 7pm to 8.30pm, with the guests from the event attending and light snacks provided (drinks additional)

SILVER PARTNER pass – $199.00
Planning on getting a VIP pass, but want a second one for your partner? These are available as follows, but MUST be purchased at the same time as the primary pass.
This includes everything that you get from the primary pass, but not the Autographs and Photo’s with the guests

OPENING NIGHT PARTY
Want to chill with the guests of Armageddon expo, this is your chance, get your ticket to a great casual evening at the Courtenay Establishment
Friday night, July 17th 2015, 7pm to 8.30pm
Includes nibbles. Drinks additional. Feel free to bring your camera, no autographs though.
$59.00 per ticket

KAREN GILLAN AUTOGRAPHS AND PHOTO TOKENS
Due to expected popular demand, we are offering the Autograph and Photo tokens for Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Who guest Karen Gillan early for pre-sale.
The cost of these does not include entry into the expo and they are fully refunded if Karen cancels due to changes in her filming schedule.
Autographs $30.00 each
Photos $40.00 each

General Admission Tickets (One day entry Only)

Adults (13 and above) – $23.00 ($20.00 for Presale tickets)
Student (with ID) – $20.00 ($17.00 for presale tickets)
Children (5-12) – $11.00 ($10.00 for presale tickets)
Family Pass (2 adults and 3 children) $50.00 ($45.00 for presale tickets)

Two day passes
Adult – $40.00 ($35.00 for presale tickets)
Child – $19.00 ($17.00 for presale tickets)

Three day passes
Adult – $55.00 ($50.00 for presale tickets)
Child – $28.00 ($24.00 for presale tickets)

ALL TICKETS GO ON SALE THROUGH TICKETEK 9AM MAY 1ST

Wellycon Board Gaming Convention

There is a significant overlap between sf/f/h fans and boardgaming. With this in mind, some of you may be interested in Wellycon which is in the planning stages for a two day event this year. Planned dates are 30-31 May 2015.

Time travel course at Victoria University

The Victoria University Continuing Education Department is running the short course Persons in Time.  The course examines a selection of philosophical issues surrounding the nature of persons and time.

Course Details:

6pm – 8pm, Thursdays 4 September to 9 October (6 sessions)

Presenter:

Dan Burkett is a PhD student and philosophy tutor at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His current area of research is the ethics of punishment, though he previously completed his MA thesis at Victoria University on the possibility of time travel. Dan has published several book chapters on the topics of time travel and free will and their presentation in popular culture.

If you would like more information or to register, visit the website: http://cce.victoria.ac.nz/courses/275-persons-in-time

 

 

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