The National Irish Science Fiction Convention
The Gibson Hotel & Online, 7-8 October 2023
What is Octocon?
Octocon, the National Irish Science Fiction Convention, is a weekend celebration of our favourite stories from books, comics, TV, films and games; from science fiction, fantasy, horror and beyond; attracting artists, writers, film-makers and fans from across the human sphere of influence.
The first Octocon was held in 1990 with Terry Pratchett as our first Guest of Honour. Over the years, some of our guests of honour have included Anne McCaffrey, JG Jones, Tanith Lee, Mike Carey, George R.R. Martin, Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett, Pat Cadigan and Colleen Doran.
For one weekend in October, we gather together to talk about all the wonders we have read and watched over the year; to share our favorite moments from book, TV, comics and films; to delve into the unsung genres and curious concepts of speculative fiction; to take part in workshops, and listen to panel discussions and charming guest speakers; to see what ‘must haves’ are in the Trade Hall; to experience the fun which is Octocon.
Octocon 2020 and 2021 were both held online due to Covid-19, but in October 2022 we ran our first hybrid convention at Croke Park and Online. This year, we’re going Hybrid again: on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of October 2023 in The Gibson Hotel & Online.
Octocon 2023 is a hybrid convention.
As such, in addition to our in-person activities, we will also feature:
- A Discord server for socializing
- Zoom for facilitating workshops, talks, and socializing for those who prefer it to Discord
- YouTube for live-streaming panels and YouTube for hosting recordings for replay
As we do not expect all members to be familiar with all of these services, we have provided the following guides:
Octocon 2023 Committee & Team
Treasury Team – Marguerite Smith and Ali Mack
Memberships and Newsletter – MaryBrigid Turner
On-site Operations – Colm Dodd
Virtual Operations – Faranae
On-site Programme Operations – Catherine Sharp
On-site Volunteer Manager – [open]
Virtual Volunteer Manager – [open]
Venue Liaison – James Bacon
Head of Programme – Kat Dodd
Guest Liaison – Zoe Thompson
Accessibility Officer – Kat Dodd
Fan Relations Officer – David Green
Social Media Manager – Gwen Frazer
Web Designer – Karina Steffens
Web Admin and Programme Technology – James Shields
General Committee – Janet O’Sullivan
General Committee – Catherine Sharp
Trade Hall Manager – Ali Mack
Kat Dodd – Head of Accessibility
Kat Dodd – Head of Programme