International 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


Fan Guest of Honour: Lorain Clark

UnCONventional is proud to say 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.


FFANZ Delegate: 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!

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