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Sue Burke
Off to Ishbiliya-Con 
31st-Oct-2007 07:01 pm

I'll be away for the next few days in Seville, Spain, for the 2007 HispaCon, Spain's national science fiction convention. Traditionally, Spanish conventions adopt a historic name of its host city, and Ishbiliya is the Moorish name for Seville.

This year the Three Cultures Foundation will host the convention: "three" refers to the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic cultures that have enriched Spain's heritage, and the convention will focus on Arab and Israeli as well as Spanish writers. I'm especially looking forward to the anthology prepared for the convention featuring short stories from nine countries.

There will also be the usual round tables, panels, movies, authors, publishers, hucksters, awards dinner, and friends I haven't seen lately. Not to mention the pleasure of Seville itself, and what looks like a drop-dead gorgeous conference center.

I'll be back with a con report. Hasta luego!

1st-Nov-2007 02:30 am (UTC)
Have fun!

Will there be any sf poetry? Any prospective SFPA members?

I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.

1st-Nov-2007 09:12 am (UTC)
There will be a poetry prize in the Spanish equivalent of the Hugos. I was thinking of asking the winner if he would be interested in allowing me to translate it and submit it to Star*Line.

However, there won't be many English speakers there, besides myself and an author from Wales promoting his recently translated book. Oddly for a country that where poetry is held in such esteem that it is quoted on the floor of Congress during debates, there's not much genre poetry in Spain. That might make a good discussion topic over wine and tapas.
1st-Nov-2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Hi Sue,

I think SFPA members would be interested in a write-up about the Spanish equivalent of the Hugos as far as a poetry prize.

Even though the membership is English speaking, I'd like there to be more awareness of genre poety in other countries, other languages.

So, a short write up might be good for our Poetry News webpage:


(If you can get a digital photo of the winner and/or a digital photo of you and the winner, even better!)

Also, I know I'd be interested in a short report for Star*line.
6th-Nov-2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
I'll get to work and submit something soon. The winner was ... Alfredo Álamo! He also won for Best Comic Strip. I will ask him if he sees any parallels between the two genres.
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