Category Archives: Guests


UnCONventional is now over. Thank you, thank you, thank you. To everybody who attended, our guests, panel members and everybody else who helped in big ways or small. You can have no real idea just how grateful to everybody we are and hope you all had a great time.

Trudi Canavan Workshop

Trudi’s writing workshop is now full up. If you are feeling lucky, we will take names in case somebody drops out.

FFANZ Winner – Edwina Harvey

Edwina Harvey has been unanimously voted to be the Fan Fund of Australia and New Zealand (FFANZ). This means she will be traveling from Australia to attend unCONventional. Here is some more info about Edwina:

Author of YA SF novel, The Whale’s Tale. (available through and as an e-book through Wizard’s Tower Books:

Ceramic and Silk artist. See the Celestial Cobbler site:

Editor and Ad Girl for Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. (

For Edwina’s view on this strange planet see:

Oh yes and she will be launching a book at unCONventional!

Programme Participants

Programme participant names have been posted against the unCONventional Events list on the Events page. Take a look to see the great lineup of people we have contributing to events.

If you were expecting to see your name against and event, and it isn’t there, please drop us a line. Chances are we are waiting to hear from you for confirmation. Ditto if your name is appearing somewhere you were not expecting.


The ballot for the 2012 FFANZ race is now available so you can vote to send an Aussie fan to unCONventional. Find all the details on the PDF ballot form here.

Trudi Canavan Writers Workshop – That Got Your Attention

Our guest of honour Trudi Canavan will be running a short (2 hour) writers workshop during unCONventional called “That Got Your Attention”.

How do you get the reader hooked from the first word and keep them reading until the last page without sacrificing the detail, grand scope and vision so loved in fantasy and science fiction? Trudi will show you ways to add tension to your writing, and work out the most relevant information to deliver about your characters and settings – and when – without slowing down the pace.

Places on this workshop are strictly limited. Full members of the convention will be allocated places on a first come-first served basis. If you wish to participate, please drop us a line.

Guest of Honour: Trudi Canavan

UnCONventional is thrilled to announce that Author/Artist/Chocolate lover Trudi Canavan has agreed to be our international guest of honour.

Trudi lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been making up stories about people and places that don’t exist for as long as she can remember. Her first short story, “Whispers of the Mist Children”, received an Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Short Story in 1999. Soon after, her bestselling Black Magician Trilogy was published, followed by another trilogy, Age of the Five. In 2006 she was offered a seven-figure advance to write the prequel and sequel to the Black Magician Trilogy. The prequel, The Magician’s Apprentice won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel in 2009. Earlier this year (2011) Trudi’s UK publishers announced that her sales had passed the one millon books mark in their region.

For more information about Trudi you can visit her web site at

For more information about UnCONventional, the 31st New Zealand National Science Fiction and fantasy Convention, take a look at

Fan Guest of Honour announcement

UnCONventional is delighted to announce that Lorain Clark has agreed to be our Fan Guest of Honour. Lorain has made a huge contribution to fan pursuits over the years, often working away behind the scenes to make sure that things run properly for others. Now is the time to publicly recognise that huge contribution to fandom.

Lorain is just our first guest announcement, please stay tuned for more announcements in the months to come.