Fannish CV

History

Hailing from near Glasgow, I got into SF Fandom in the mid-1980s via the Albacon series of conventions and started volunteering pretty much immediately: gophering, tech and room monitoring.

Gafiating for a very long time due to life and work, I got back into Fandom via Mancunicon. When an Eastercon is 15 minutes’ walk from your house, it’s pretty much rude not to go, isn’t it?

While away from Fandom I volunteered for a range of other events, predominantly beer festivals in London and queer events in Manchester. The most relevant of these is Queer Up North International Festival, for which I volunteered for 7 years, 2005-2011. I was responsible (often with a very high degree of autonomy) at various times for:

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I’ve never been a contributor to zines or online fora: impostor syndrome strikes me very hard there. I do though enjoy volunteering at cons: I started at Albacon 84 and volunteered at Albacons for a number of years before gafiating.

More recently, I’ve staffed fan tables for Glasgow 2024 at:

2022:

2023:

And have hosted events (gin tastings, parties etc.) at several of these.

I’m AH Team Info@, both pre and at-con, for Glasgow 2024. I’m AH Signage for Levitation (Eastercon 2024). I’m volunteering for LA in 2026, and will also be for Dublin in 2029.

I was on my first items of programme in 35 years at Satellite 8, and rather enjoyed the experience. If they all come with me winning tablet my dentist might not appreciate it. Since then I have also been on a panel at SmofCon 40: on payment technology for conventions.

Along with my husband David am writing Alan and David’s Fan’s Guide to Glasgow. It should be ready for the Glasgow Worldcon but we’re not 100% certain which one.