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The Vampire Poetry panel conducted by Val Toh and myself at Conflux 13 was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Most of the audience seemed to like it too! Here are your panelists, getting into the spirit of things.



For general interest, this was our playlist.

"Christobel, Part One" by Samuel Taylor Colerige (1797). Extracts read by Val Toh.

"The Vampire" by Charles Baudelaire (1857). Trans. William Aggeler. Read by Val Toh.

"The Vampire" by Conrad Aiken (1916). Read by Kyla Ward.

"Oil and Blood", William Butler Yeats(1933). Read by Kyla Ward.

"Sanguine Taggers" by Anne K. Schwader (2011). Read by Kyla Ward.

"Like Angels, Winged" by Michael R. Burch (2013?). Read by Val Toh.

"The Music of Vampires" by Bruce Boston (2015). Read by Kyla Ward.

In most cases, poems have been dated to their collection.

The passage I read concerning the Leanann Sidhe came from Yeats's Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (1888).


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Next weekend (which lasts from Friday, 29th September to Monday, 2nd October) the thirteenth Conflux speculative fiction convention will take place at the Vibe Hotel Canberra Airport. The theme this year is "Grimm Tales". With guests of honour Ellen Datlow and Angela Slatter, there shall be much discussion of the roots of fairy tales, the uses of enchantment and the meaning of common tropes.

I won't be contributing much to all of that. Instead, I'm on these panels:


Friday, 3.00pm - Use and Abuse of the Tarot

Using the Tarot as a literary device.
"The Rider-Waite versus 007!"

Saturday, 4.00 pm - Poetry Readings 2.0

Poetry for the 21st Century and beyond. An immersive experience of live poetry readings.
"Pick up the thumbscrews and you'll get what you deserve."

Sunday, 1.00pm -  Vampire poetry

The poems, the poets and the muses.
"Lestat's lyrics count as poetry, right?"


So come along: it will be good to see you! I also anticipate much lounging around in the lobby, doing the Creative Indulgence workshop and the Australian Horror Writers Association meet up on Sunday at 6.00 pm in the bar.  It's hay fever season, but with any luck, I won't need to go outside at all!

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