WorldCon – A World of Stories

LonCon3, WorldCon, call it what you will, there was only one word for it: Brilliant!

Thank you, LonCon, for giving us the space and facilities to do our readings, and special thanks to Eemeli Aro and Alison Scott for helping it all happen on the day.

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We had a few firsts with these sessions, and I look forwards to them being repeated at other Pirate Readings at future events:

  • First non-fiction – David Stokes, and Petter Hoaland
  • First poetry – From Arthur Chappel, Christopher Graeme, and others.
  • First foreign-language reading – Umiyori Katsuyama, Winner of Japan Fantasy Award 2011
  • First multiple reading – Arthur Chappel, and Wendy Metcalfe.

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LonCon3 - 5It was great to be able to give space to all these people, and all the other readers below:

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Gaie Sebold
David Gullen
Arthur Chappel
Chuck Ian Gordon
LonCon3 - 3Elaine Gallagher
Darlene Marshall
Rosanne Rabinowitz
Brian MiltonLonCon3 - 16
Adrian Faulkner
Ruth Booth
Marion Pittman
Angela Cleland Smith
LonCon3 - 14Kevlin Henney
Petter Hoaland
Anthony Hilbert
Wendy Metcalfe
Umiyori KatsuyamaLonCon3 - 17
David Stokes
Christopher Graeme
Richard Stephenson
LonCon3 - 13Francis Knight
Helen Callaghan
James Mitchell
Mike Torr
…and others, to whom I must apologise for not noting down your names.

And special thanks to my loyal Pirate Crew! To Gaie Sebold for putting up posters and making announcements, Orlando San for taking photographs, Ruth Booth for spreading the word, Helen Callaghan for LonCon3 - 12hosting one event so I could go to the brilliant Arabian SF panel, and to Wendy Metcalfe, who agreed to host the Monday morning event when I discovered I had to leave the convention on Sunday evening.

Thank you, one and all, you were wonderful. Your stories were intriguing, scary, funny, and amazing. Each one was sheer entertainment.

The Pirate Readings will return next year, possibly even at Archipelacon in Finland. Watch this space!


The Pirate King

(aka David Gullen)



Signing up For the Voyage

Keep your eyes peeled for the Sekrit Messages appearing all around the LonCon3 warfs and warehouses. A little bird tells me they will look uncannily like this here wossname:
Pirate Flyer - LonCon3

Except bigger*, maybe.

*O’course this one might be enormous, an’ we’re just standing a fair ways back. Hard to tell with this eye-patch, let’s try movin’ it. Nope, can’t see a thing now.


Badges? Badges! You want badges?

Rare and Wondrous Treasure

Stinkin’ Badges

Badges? These be no mere stinkin’ badges, these be treasure, I tell you, treasure of a unique and wondrous kind.

Few mortal folk will earn the right to wear one of these, but the winning ain’t too hard. All you need to do is take part in one of the Pirate Readings at LonCon, and the badge is yours!

See you there.

Rules – Can Anyone Read?

A shy young cove has just asked a crew member “Does one have to have one’s story published to read Piratically?”

No! A’course not!  The particular story does not need to have been published, and neither do you as a writer.

Pirate readings are for everyone – the only rule is length -10 mins maximum (ish) so plenty of people get a chance.  You don’t even have to read it like you was a pirate, though if you do, nobody is going to stop yer.

World Fantasy 2013

World Fantasy has come and gone for another year, and so has the Pirate Fringe. What a blast!  The Popup Pirates/Pirate Fringe started as a conversation only four days before the convention began – by the end of the weekend we had run four amazing events:

– Two reading sessions for ten readers (David Gullen)

– A writing workshop (Sarah Ellender)

– LARP introduction and costuming (Luke Thomas, Emma King)

Thank you to everyone who came along to talk, sit and listen, or join in – we needed you all! Thanks also to the readers: Patrice Sarath, Francis Knight, Tom Pollock, Martin Owton, Gaie Sebold, David Gullen, Helen Callaghan, Ruth Booth, Mark H. Williams, and Marion Pittman.

Thanks also to the Granville Hotel for providing us a room for two hours on Friday, the Hilton for making space available on Saturday, and to the WFC Con team for running a lovely convention and being so welcoming and inclusive.

A special ‘Thank You’ tp Paul Cornell for his support during the convention.

All of this would have been impossible without my brilliant and hard-working shipmates: Ruth Booth, Luke Thomas, Sarah Ellender, and Emma King. Thanks guys, you are the Pirate Kings and Queens of Brighton!

Next time we plan a bigger fringe, more readings, more events. I promise to start planning sooner.


David Gullen

Venue Change for Saturday Readings

Arrr. The readings on Saturday (6 -7pm) will now be in the Viscount room in the con hotel. 

So revised schedule:


5 – 6pm Drop in writing games in the meeting room in the Granville hotel. (Next door to the con hotel, come out the door, turn right.)

6 – 7pm Readings in the meeting room in the Granville hotel.

Francis Knight, Paul Cornell, Patrice Sarath.


5 -6 pm Dressing up photo booth and LARP chat in the Viscount Room in the con hotel.

6 -7 pm, Readings in the Viscount Room in the con hotel. 

Gaie Sebold, Marion Pitman, Tom Pollock, Martin Owton.

Venue Change For Dressing Up

Ahoy! The Dressing Up session tomorrow at 5 will now be in the Viscount room in the con hotel. There will also be a chance to have an informal chat about how live action role playing can help you write.

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