Opening Event – Truth and Fiction

This is the one that hammered home that I really didn’t know what I was expecting. I went because it seemed like something that would be interesting and  something I should do to make the most of the fact I finally had the money, the time and the opportunity to attend the Festival. I hadn’t heard of all the authors because I just don’t read their styles but I still thought  it would be interesting. They all had very different interpretations of the topic at hand ‘Truth and Fiction’ but I did get a few little snippets (I have come to the conclusion this will be a weekend of snippets) and the desire to pick up the novel of one of these authors. (It also swayed me into attending another of his appearances in one of my empty spots).

Here are some of the snippets:

Most important truths are found in fiction – T Flannery

Your attitudes shape what you perceive – A Joseph

Each age has it’s own view – L Gordon

Complete truth about a life isn’t possible – L Gordon

We seem more certain of our fiction – M Syjuco

We believe what we want to believe – M Syjuco

Fiction is the lie we tell to get to the truth – M Syjuco

Fiction is a powerful tool in illuminating, disseminating and contributing to conversation to build and create a better world – M Syjuco

Good fiction…is a seeker after truth – R Gaita

Fiction can make us believe in miracles – R Gaita

I wonder if the point of an opening even like this is to allow people to be in the same room as these authors, allow them to say they have heard them speak, and give it a fancy appeal by tying it up with an opening gala name. If this is the case what kind of credential does it give you to say you have been to it?

Fantasy Affairs

This was my first saturday session and billed as a discussion on ‘what is it about fantasy and science fiction that is so attractive for teens and adults alike?’

I was a little disappointed, as a children’s/YA specialist I was really interested to hear what was said on this topic, however it turned out to be more of a discussion of spec fic rather than it’s appeal across the generations. I don’t know that anyone minded too much (except me) and I was the only one who asked a question related to age.

There were though more snippets to come from this session so here they are  (please note that these aren’t direct quotes) :

Alternative reality works really well for teenagers because it allows them to not feel like teenagers – Beckett

Puzzlement about a thing can lead you forward – Beckett

Readers perceive something sometimes quite different from what the author had in mind when they wrote it – Beckett

Books can (should) be compelling, immersive, like the reading experience you had when you were young – Grossman

The further you go into a fantasy word the more you encounter problems … magic doesn’t make it easier – Grossman

When fiction resonates within you, you hear an echo of you soul – Elliott

Spec Fic allows us to poke at perceived truths and allows us to explore themes that are not the sole property of teenagers – (Beckett I think it was a mash up of a couple of half notes)

This session was accompanied by a slightly more lively discussion between Bernard Beckett and Will Elliot about what is reality…which I have to admit to not totally understanding.