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The UK’s friendli­est “geek­fest”, Nine Worlds, re­turns with a new West Lon­don venue and even more to do

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Now in its fourth year, Nine Worlds has grown into one of the UK’s most ex­cit­ing fan events. Cov­er­ing movies, lit­er­a­ture, TV, gam­ing, sci­ence, an­i­ma­tion and more, it’s a wildly di­verse event that caters for ev­ery taste. We talked to event di­rec­tor Daniel John­ston to find out more.

How would you sum up the Nine Worlds ethos?

Max­i­mal in­clu­siv­ity. We don’t think some in­ter­ests are le­git­i­mate and oth­ers not – if you’re pas­sion­ate about it, then that’s good. As a re­sult, we run a di­verse slate of con­tent: 350 pan­els, work­shops and per­for­mances cov­er­ing 35 sub­ject ar­eas last year. We also work hard to make the con­ven­tion in­clu­sive of groups that are marginalised else­where – straight white cis men are wel­come, but they’re not the ma­jor­ity at Nine Worlds.

How has the event changed this year?

We’ve changed the con­tent struc­ture. We’re group­ing things into nine themes and open­ing up ses­sion- or­gan­is­ing to more peo­ple and more in­di­vid­ual sub­jects.

And you’re in a new venue, cor­rect?

Yes. Ham­mer­smith is a lot more cen­tral and eas­ier for Lon­don­ers and peo­ple us­ing pub­lic trans­port to get to, and there are more op­tions for food and ac­com­mo­da­tion.

What can you tell us about the new expo?

We’ve al­ways had ven­dors, but this is our first year with a sep­a­rate expo. The hall’s just the right size to get a good mix of ven­dors, ex­hibitors and so­cial space, plus we’ll have all of the con­ven­tion sign­ings in there.

What have been some of the high­lights of past events? Mine in­clude a wed­ding pro­posal on stage in 2014; Mil­tos Yerole­mou’s bril­liant sword­play work­shops ( left); a fire­side chat be­tween Rhi­anna Pratch­ett and Cara El­li­son; a dis­cus­sion on sex work in Game Of Thrones with a panel made up of sex work­ers; and last year’s room- sized Sun­day night blan­ket fort.

Nine Worlds takes place 12- 14 Au­gust at Novo­tel Lon­don West. https:// nine worlds. co. uk; www.face­book.com/thenineworlds; @ Lon­don_ Geek­fest

Date 12- 14 Au­gust

lo­ca­tion Novo­tel Lon­don West Guardians 2 on lo­ca­tion?

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