Trudi Canavan

bestselling author of The Black Magician Trilogy

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Supanova-ing in Perth

Unfortunately the lovely Traci Harding couldn’t make it to Perth Supanova, but the fabulous Jay Kristoff joined us:


There were plenty of costumes and I was able to leap up out of my seat to photograph a few. And one lunch hour I roamed around, taking pictures:











And this wonderful fan, Marta, dressed up as Sonea!


We didn’t get a pic of all the authors in Sydney, but remembered to at the end of the Perth Supanova.


Afterwards Paul and I stayed in Perth for a few days of rest, recovery and touristy adventures, including a cruise on the Swan River to Freemantle. I took this shot of Perth as we were returning:


Ah, beautiful Perth. Thanks to everyone who came to get their books signed. We had a wonderful time.

Going Supanova in Sydney

I had a fabulous time at Supanova Sydney and signed books for oodles of fans – thank you everyone who dropped by!

It was great to meet Raymond Feist, hang with Jana Oliver and catch up with Aussie authors such as Kylie Chan, Juliette Marillier and Colin Taber – and to finally meet Traci Harding. It was curious to see how many people would move from Traci’s signing queue to mine and visa versa. There was also a lot of back and forth from Kylie Chan’s queue to Traci’s and mine as well. Which is interesting, as the three of us write very different kinds of fantasy – me: alternate world fantasy, Traci: time travel historical fantasy, Kylie: modern day chinese inspired fantasy.

I’m sure it was the biggest Supanova I’ve been to. Here’s one small bit seen from the green room. This room was about three times the size shown, and there were at least two more rooms at least as big, though I never got the chance to see how far one extended:


There didn’t appear to be as many fabulous costumes as at past Supanovas and I have no photos of them. However, the position of the Kunikunya stand meant we didn’t get much through traffic, and we were very busy most of the time. But nobody could fail to note the new trend:


It seemed every third person was wearing a onesie. Not having been to a Sydney Supanova before, I don’t know if costuming is less popular there, but I do wonder if the onesie has simply become the easier – and warmer – alternative. (The term ‘lamesie’ was uttered a few times toward the end of the show, I have to admit.)

I did manage to find a spare half hour to shop each day. The first day I bought this beautiful necklace from the lovely Jubly Umph Originals:


After the show we stayed in Sydney for a few days, dodging unusually heavy rain for Sydney to play tourist and do more shopping. I also did a little sketching:



And we had a ride on the Monorail six days before it was closed down:


Though this being the view from the windows, I can see why it might not be such a tourist draw in winter:


I have a theory the monorail would experience a revival as a tourist attraction if they painted them to look like cats. But maybe I’m the only one who’d find that amusing.

We had a great time in Sydney, at Supanova and about town. Mid-way through the week we headed West to Perth… but I’ll save that for another blog post.

Supanova! Sydney! Perth!

Next weekend I’ll be heading to Sydney for Supanova, then the following weekend to Supanova in Perth.


So come see me at the Dymocks stand to get your books signed! I’ll also be on a couple of panels with my fellow Supastar writers, of which there are many – check out this list! I’ll be digging out my copy of Magician, given to me for my sixteenth birthday, to bring along for signing. And I’m rather excited by the possibility of meeting Princess Leia – I mean Carrie Fisher – who I thought was the coolest when I was a wee girl.

And now that I think of it, Star Wars and Magician were both big inspirations that led to me becoming a writer and write the sort of books I write.

Continuum 9 Report

I finished the polish of Thief’s Magic, including a search and destroy of certain words and phrases I have a habit of overusing (just, only, a moment later, etc.) and a spell check and name check, just in time to head into the convention for the cocktail party. We had a great time catching up with and meeting people, but didn’t stay long as all the deadline chasing had left me tired and with a sore back (which bugged me all weekend so we didn’t have any late nights this con).

We arrived in time for Nora Jemesin’s Guest of Honour speech, which you can read here. It was as fabulous in delivery as in content and received a big round of applause. Afterwards I helped celebrate the launch of George Ivanoff’s Gamers Rebellion, the third in a trilogy published by the other Guest of Honour, Paul Collins. Next I took advantage of Nora being in my home town to get all her books signed. Finally I set about booking a restaurant for Paul Collins for that night’s dinner, eventually finding Dion, a greek restaurant that proved a winner.

My first panel for the con was Plot 101. After two room changes – one because we had an audience two to three times the size the room could contain, the other to the foyer because the second room was on a schedule half an hour different to our panel. David, the moderator, did a fine job of wrangling both room changes and us panelists, and we had a lot of fun comparing our plotting methods.

After a quick lunch with Nora, I hung out in the foyer for a while, then got to see my first panel: a Doctor Who non-fiction panel called “Silence in the Library”. There was time for a cuppa before my next event, the “We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It” one where several people with an expertise in something make themselves available to be questioned by authors. I’d brought in some weaving looms to demonstrate and give people the chance to try it.

We then attended the launch of Caution: Contains Small Parts, an anthology by Kirstyn McDermott, then slipped away to have an early dinner before hanging out in the bar with Russell and Jenny Blackford for a while.

We took it easy and arrived at midday in time to see the “Misappropriations” panel. After lunch with friends we returned to catch “F*** Your Knight and the Horse He Rode in On”, which was about, well, fantasy cliches. It was the last panel slot of the convention and everyone was a bit worn out and ready for the next event, the Closing Ceremony with the usual thanks and congratulations.

Afterwards we headed to Grill Steak Seafood, a restaurant I’d found the night before that promised to fulfil Nora’s wish to try kangaroo while she was in Australia, and ours to demonstrate to more people that roo is delicious. Which it did very, very well.

Overall there was a great positive vibe at the convention. I didn’t take any blog-worthy photos, unfortunately. The few I took at the con had terrible lighting, and I suffered a bout of camnesia every time I was outside the con, at restaurants and such. But I have many good memories and maybe some new writerly/fannish friends. Oh, and the new Jo Spurrier book, Black Sun Light My Way, which I’ve been looking forward to since late last year.

Continuum 9: Contraindicators


Next weekend I’ll be attending the local Melbourne convention. Since I’m very busy polishing up Thief’s Magic, I probably won’t make it to the whole convention. But I am doing a panel…

Plot 101 – Sunday 11:00 until Sunday 12:00
Tangled in your own story? Plotting can be a challenge even for the most experienced author. Learn some tricks and tips from the professionals here.

… and bringing some weaving looms in for…

We Do This Stuff So You Can Write About It – Sunday 16:00 until Sunday 17:00
What does a park ranger actually do? How do traditional handcrafts actually feel? What’s it like to cross swords?

… and I’ll be following the International Guest of Honour, Nora Jemesin, around like a fan girl, because she’s awesome.

Fearsome Journeys

This arrived in the mail last week:


And today is the official release date! Woohoo!

Fearsome Journeys, edited by the lovely Jonathan Strahan, contains a story that I had simmering away in my mind for many years about a particular kind of parasitic magic. A couple of years ago, while I was weaving on my loom and letting my mind wander, the first line popped into my head out of nowhere and suddenly I knew how to write the entire story.

It often happens like that with me and short stories. The idea floats around for years until suddenly it’s ready to be written.

As you can see, my story enjoys some fine company:

“The Effigy Engine: A Tale of the Red Hats”, Scott Lynch
“Amethyst, Shadow, and Light”, Saladin Ahmed
“Camp Follower”, Trudi Canavan
“The Dragonslayer of Merebarton”, K J Parker
“leaf and branch and grass and vine”, Kate Eliot
“Spirits of Salt: A Tale of the Coral Heart”, Jeffrey Ford
“Forever People”, Robert V S Redick
“Sponda the Suet Girl and the Secret of the French Pearl”, Ellen Klages
“Shaggy Dog Bridge: A Black Company Story”, Glen Cook
“The Ghost Makers”, Elizabeth Bear
“One Last, Great Adventure”, Ellen Kushner & Ysabeau Wilce
“The High King Dreaming”, Daniel Abraham

I love that you can buy it from the publisher or follow the retailer links on that page. Easy peasy.

Wax On; Wax Off

I’m busy polishing Thief’s Magic, making that book shine and sparkle, so I may be a bit quiet here for a while. I’ll be Tweeting my progress, though, along with the usual Twitter silliness.

Conflux9 – Junkyard Cathedral

Aaand the final Conflux post:

On the Saturday night Conflux9 held a Masquerade, which is kind of a non-compulsary dress-up party and disco with a theme. This years theme was Junkyard Cathedral, which was about recycling trash into gothic glamour.

Well, I went more for trash than glamour, converting a Royal Mail post bag into a dress and a bubblewrap satchel into a clutch:


Plenty of others got into the spirit of the theme, with torn up, trashy, recycled steampunk and gothy costumes. Here’s selection:



We danced to cheesy 80s and 90s dance music until the hotel curfew, then mingled in the bar for a few hours more. A very enjoyable night!

Conflux9 – The Ditmars

The Ditmars were announced on the Saturday night of Conflux9. They are like the Hugos in that they are voted upon by members of a conventions, our National Science Fiction Convention, and a couple of other awards are presented at the same time. I took along my zoom lens and managed to take a few good pics, though not all turned out. Here’s the best of them:

Deb Biancotti, the MC – and a fine job she did of keeping everyone in line and entertained.

Yes, there was Lego. They were creating a stand in for someone who couldn’t make it to the ceremony, I believe.


The audience, watching the proceedings with rapt attention.


And not a few nerves, I suspect.


Bill Wright had a throne. I’m not entirely sure why, but he did appear to enjoy it.


Dave Cake did the physical hard labour of delivering the awards to the winners. In this case, the Peter McNamara Award.


Which went to Nick Stathopoulos.


Bill Wright and Grant Stone presenting Russell B Farr with the A. Bertram Chandler Award.


Kirstyn McDermott receiving the Best Fan Publication in Any Medium (won jointly with Ian Mond).


Kathleen Jennings taking the Best Artwork category.


David McDonald snaffling the Best New Talent prize.


Thoraiya Dyer, who won the Best Short Story.


Kaaron Warren thrilled to receive the Best Novella or Novelette.


Nalo Hopkinson announcing the winner of the Best Novel…


… and Margo Lanagan accepting the award.

I didn’t catch everyone and not all the winners were there, so for the full results, go here.

Congratulations to the winners!

Conflux 9 – Regency Banquet

On the Friday night a Regency Banquet was held at Conflux9, with food reminiscent of the era and a troupe called Earthly Delights providing the music, dancing and dance instruction.

The band.

Maureen and I. I made the dress especially for this event, the first time I’d sewn a dress from scratch since the 90s. (Photo by Jo Kasper.)

The runner up and winner (Rachael) of the costume contest.

Richard, Aileen and Kyla

The lovely co-chair of the convention, Donna Hanson.

Regency dancing

And more Regency dancing.