Our schedule is officially live, and packed with panels, interviews, talks, workshops, fan chats, readings, games and guest chats (aka kaffeeklatsches).

View the programme

How to watch and attend

Note that there may still be some small changes and additions before the convention weekend.

Programme Highlights

Shelly Bond and the Secrets of Comic Editing
We’re delighted to be joined by comics editor extraordinaire Shelly Bond! She’ll be interviewed by Michael Carroll at 7pm on Saturday evening.

Darren Shan: Ringmaster of the Macabre
Author of countless books for all ages, horror maestro Darren Shan will be interviewed by Octocon’s own Janet O’Sullivan on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

Glasgow in 2024 Book Club
The Glasgow in 2024 Worldcon bid is hosting this year’s book club. Up for discussion is the Hugo-award-winning novella This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone. Join the chat at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.

Experts tell us about food in fantasy, how to grow plants in space, disability and the roots of heroic fantasy, and lots and lots of dinosaurs.

Make your own crocheted Octo or a tentacle tiara, learn about writing comic scripts, and get help with that novel that you didn’t start in lockdown… (Sign-ups required.)

Tabletop Games
Experience what it’s like to run a convention (without the months of work), experience horror in space, or join a D&D royal rumble. (Sign-ups required.)

Octocon Presents

We ran a series of Octocon Presents events in the run-up to our virtual convention in October, including panels, reading and interviews, all streamed live on Twitch.

Watch again

You can watch highlights from Octocon’s first online programme in 2020 on our Twitch channel, OctoconIRL, and full panels on our YouTube channel DublinOctocon.

Octo eating popcorn
Octo enjoys munching popcorn while they watch 2020 programme highlights