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Swordplay sessions at Nine Worlds Geekfest 2015

I posted photos from Nine Worlds Geekfest 2015 on Monday, where I also mentioned the sheer variety of the sessions comprising the programme. There were many options I had to miss because they were scheduled against something even better, but as a guiding principle, I tried to prioritise attending workshops with direct application to my own practice and projects.

One strand of this is medieval combat.

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On Saturday I participated in a “Monsterclass” with Sebastien de Castell¬†(author of Traitor’s Blade, the Greatcoats series), and on Sunday a much more open session with David A McIntee (author of numerous Doctor Who licensed novels). Both communicated an ocean of knowledge and experience as writers¬†and historical martial arts practitioners, with de Castell’s session structured to help writers craft fight scenes that vividly convey their characters, and McIntee’s more led by audience Q&A, compelling personal stories, and energetic demonstration.

Here are a few key points I’ve learned that’ll feed into the fight scenes I develop going forwards.

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