I'm sure you would enjoy the panel with Charles and of course it's a Q&A as well so you could ask anything you want. Make yourself known to me at the event and we can talk about my Bolaji project, it would be good to interview you for that since you've done some research yourself and worked on your own story.
Regarding the dinner (and new today) you can now reserve a place. Email Malika at: firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations, with just your name and how many places you want to reserve. Cut off date to send payment is September 16th. So, reserve a place and then you have until Sept 16th to pay. Only do this if you're sure you're coming though. It's great she's allowed this to happen as it'll help those save up for it.
To anyone sitting on the fence I say this: get your arse to Mars. I mean, Leicester. It's only £13 for the weekend plus a fiver for a go in the Alien Encounter and a £1 in the box to attend the Cast talk. For £19 that's amazing and all proceeds are helping sick people enjoy movies in hospital. If you can only go for one day, no worries, other than one panel you'll see it all anyway.
I went to the '99 Aliens convention at Shepperton, it took me nine hours to hitch hike there and I had to camp in a field that night but it was worth it. If you live far away, put up with a long journey on the National Express coach, it's cheap, will take forever but it's worth the hassle. The last Aliens Convention was that one in 1999 so I guess you can see what I'm saying.