Taking Pride in My Writing

On a semi-opaque white square is written “Taking Pride in My Wiriting by Emma K. Leadley". Below in the centre is the Glasgow in 2024 Pride logo, and the background is a galaxy cloud in shades of blue and purple going from the bottom left to top right corner of the image.

When I started writing, in about 2013, I used a pen name and wrote erotica. At the time, I lived in the same town in which I’d grown up, and where I played by the only rules I knew: a heterosexual cis-woman in a monogamous relationship. Through learning my craft, … Read more

Finding a Safe Space in Fandom

On a semi-opaque white square is written “Finding a Safe Space in Fandom by Elaine Gallagher”. Below in the centre is the Glasgow in 2024 Pride logo, and the background is a galaxy cloud in shades of blue and purple going from the bottom left to top right corner of the image.

I grew up isolated and very much in the closet – an industrial and shipbuilding town down the river from Glasgow, as conservative and homophobic as such places always are, and a Catholic family with its institutional abhorrence of sex and the body, let alone sexuality or gender diversity. All … Read more

An Alphabet of Armadillos

Angus the crochet armadillo sitting in his garden.

The Armadillo Auditorium is part of the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow. If we win the bid to host Worldcon in 2024, this is where we would hold large events, such as the Hugo Awards Ceremony. It did not get its name by accident … So, naturally, we’ve had armadillos … Read more

Crowning the Cons – Glasgow Giveaway

Front on view of a tiara made of crystals - all different tones of purple- with a gold centre piece of CoNZealand's swirling logo bedecked with small blue crystals.

Glasgow in 2024 has been thinking about the crowning glory of SFF fandom. Clearly, it is its fans! But what is it that makes SFF fans, Worldcon fans, so amazing? There are so many qualities to choose from including, but not limited to: Passionate; Imaginative; Enthusiastic Dedicated; Dynamic; Diverse Creative; … Read more