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Other Projects: PandoraFest!

Beside Steampunk India and singing with Erin Bennett (my ‘day job’) , I am a founder of female positive music festival Pandora Fest. In the spirit of signal boosting on all frequencies, here is a recent article on the event by music blog Drunken Werewolf.

(Image: Erin Bennett & The EB Band (ft. Anna Fraser on drums and myslf on backing vox)

The festival has its inaugural launch next month, on July 16th in Scotland and features a great variety of artists and genres. There is opportunity to camp, glamp, browse the market stall, eat, drink and be merry! Everyone is welcome!

Though not strictly Steampunk related, the event certainly hits the independently minded, DIY button…And of course, if you are based in UK, perhaps you might like to attend..

Coming soon: news on the two publications that will feature Steampunk India short stories this year.

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Roger Whitson, PhD. on the 19th Century, Digital Humanities & Steampunk.

2015/01/img_0909.jpg Thanks to Roger Whitson PhD. at Washingon State University for the link to his Third Year Pre-Tenure talk on The 19th Century and Digital Humanities, in which some of my fellow Steampunks and Steampunk India are featured:

2015/01/img_0908.png (Extract). “[Slide 13] ….I contrast this sense of technology and empire, which sees Western society as the center of the world communicating to its margins with the rise of multicultural steampunk – which fractures the Britishness of steampunk and searches for historical alternatives. This is what I call a digital appropriation of Victorian elements that are manipulated into different cultural histories. On the left is Suna Dasi, who says on her website “as a steampunk afficiando, I found myself wishing for more roles occupied by Victorian women in the steampunk fiction I was reading: women who were less hampered by the framework of the society damsel. Being of Indian heritage sparked the desire to see Indian women break out of their mother of pearl cages and into steampunk adventures.” Several steampunk designers look to different historical frames when imagining technology. The top right is an illustration taken from descriptions of submarines in the Shakuna Vimana (a 1700 BCE Sanskrit manuscript that imagines magical flying machines that decimate enemy cities). Indian steampunk is taking inspiration from these sources. On the bottom right is the Asian steampunk designer James Ng, whose exhibited his blueprints for Chinese steampunk airships at numerous different conventions and art exhibitions.” The full transcipt of talk and slides can be found at http://www.rogerwhitson.net.

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The Steampunk Hands Around the World Initiative

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I am very pleased to have been asked to contribute to a project called Steampunk Hands around the World,
a month long event in February 2014 showing and sharing that Steampunk and the community is global and as such, all Steampunks everywhere are connected.
The central theme is that of global connection and friendship.

The idea has sprung from Airship Ambassador Kevin D. Steil, who feels there is a need to unify Steampunks of all persuasions in every curve of the globe. Be they writers, makers, musicians, costume designers or simply afficionado’s of the genre who express their enjoyment by attending cons and events, his wish is to tie them all closer together and break any walls that stand between different articulations of the genre.

I can attest that this is something to be looked at: As someone who primarily writes, I am not considered very active in the ‘scene’ as such; I don’t have a prominent con presence and even though I like messing about with scrap metal in the garage, I don’t consider myself a maker.
My own contribution will, unsuprisingly, lie in a writerly direction with an exclusive story released on Valentine’s Day.

I will be also re-uploading the video I made for EuroSteamCon 2013, in which I talk about what Steampunk means to me.
As an addendum to my participation I have also made it a personal mission to try and include as big an Indian element in this cerebral joining of hands as I can manage, not to mention trying to beef up the female presence in this endeavour!

One of the female characters I people my alternate India with.

One of the female characters I people my alternate India with.

This said, if you read this and feel ignited to contribute in some form, please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the links below.

I will be Tweeting under the hashtag #SteampunkHands, so keep an eye out for it and please, join the conversation!

Below the press release, which will give an indication of what to expect during February:

Steampunk Hands Around the World

Just as current day expressions of steampunk are not limited to the literature where it began, the people in the steampunk community are not bound to any one geographical region. Steampunk appears in many forms, and with its popularity, the community has grown to encompass the world.
The celebration and sharing of that global association is at the heart of a new project, Steampunk Hands Around the World, by Kevin Steil, the creator and editor of Steampunk news and information resource website, Airship Ambassador.
With more than three dozen Steampunk creators – bloggers, authors, event organizers, and others – also participating, the month long project is a multi format media presentation about the international connections and communications in the community, for Steampunks and non-steampunks alike.
Beginning Sunday, February 2nd, and continuing until Friday, February 28th, the group will show and share that Steampunks everywhere are linked together and that new friends are waiting in every conversation.
Steampunk, in its many forms, brings people together in an inclusive and helpful network of similar mind. From sharing book and music review opinions, to playing the newest games and sharing DIY information on fashion and props, the steampunk community easily and comfortably brings together people ages eight to eighty in ways not often seen in other communities.

The full and updated-daily list of participating websites, blogs and events will be posted in the kick-off blog on the Airship Ambassador blog site:
http://airshipambassador.wordpress.com
For more information, please contact Kevin Steil at Kevin@AirshipAmbassador.com

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