Finally, here are my notes from Day Two of Alt.Fiction, Leicester's premier SF convention.
The day started off for me with a panel by Graham Joyce and Kate Laity about fairy tales and folklore. Like most members of the audience, I was a little hungover, but what I took away from this session was:
- Myth and fairy tale actually have very little to do with one another; there is more elasticity in folklore, whereas myth was deemed as more "fixed".
- Fairy tales exist in every culture, the same stories recur over and over again.
- The image of fairies from the Victorian age (delicate wings, white dresses, etc) was a way to make fairies "safe".
- The idea that fairies are linked to a sense of the uncanny, of uncertainty, menace, and creativity as a destructive force.
- Graham's new book sounds awesome!
I missed the last sessions because my stomach was rumbling something chronic and so I had to get something to eat before hunger turned me into the Hulk. Therefore I spent the rest of the afternoon in the Phoenix cafe, chatting to people, eating chunky chips with mayonnaise and improving my laughter lines.
I'm already looking forward to next year's event. So thanks to Adele and all who organised it. See you in 2013!