BristolCon header image 1

Small Group Sessions Highlights #3: Kaffeklatsch with Jon Courtenay Grimwood

October 20th, 2014 · No Comments

This year at BristolCon our two author guests of honour, Emma Newman and Jon Courtenay Grimwood, will be holding traditional klatsches; intimate conversations around a table about the author’s work and interests.

Jon Courtenay Grimwood has 15 acclaimed novels to his name; 14 speculative fiction and one literary fiction. He’s known for creating original and effective character perspectives as well as for the depth of his historical knowledge. He’s keen to share his insights into the craft of novel writing with convention members, so whether you want to know more about the machinations of an alternate 15th century Venice or into how to write characters with unique voices, this is your opportunity to sit down with a master storyteller and talk to him about his work, and yours.

Places in all the small group sessions are free, but strictly limited to 9 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] bristolcon.org. Five places in each session are available to book in advance, and four will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention but you may need to get to there early. At-con booking will open at 9:00am at the Committee Table, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information of the rest of the Small Group Sessions, please take a look at this page. Advance spaces are filling up fast, so sign up quickly!

 

→ No CommentsTags: Uncategorized

Small Group Sessions Highlights #2 – Teeklatsch with Emma Newman

October 17th, 2014 · No Comments

As you know, this year at BristolCon we’re running something a bit different to the usual Kaffeeklatsches (though there will still be kaffee. And indeed klatsching. And possibly almost certainly cake too…

Our two author guests of honour, Emma Newman and Jon Courtenay Grimwood, will be holding traditional klatsches; intimate conversations around a table about the author’s work, their interests – and yours.

Emma is the writer behind the Split World series and the Hugo award nominated fancast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’. Her debut novel, ’20 years later’ was published just three years ago, and she attended BristolCon in 2011 as a fledgling novelist and a first-time con-goer. We’re really proud of her, and thrilled she’s appearing as a GoH this year.

She’s willing to talk with you about everything from evil faeries to lovely fairy cakes, including anxiety, writing and dressmaking. Fans of her work won’t want to miss out on this chance to find out more about what makes her characters tick, but even if you’ve never read her before this promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable conversation.

Places in all the small group sessions are free, but strictly limited to 9 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] bristolcon.org. Five places in each session are available to book in advance, and four will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention but you may need to get to there early. At-con booking will open at 9:00am at the Committee Table, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information of the rest of the Small Group Sessions, please take a look at this page. Advance spaces are filling up fast, so sign up quickly!

 

→ No CommentsTags: Guests · Programme

Small Group Sessions Highlights – Paul Cornell Takes Us On A Tour of the Severed Streets

October 16th, 2014 · No Comments

As you know, this year at BristolCon we’re running something a bit different to the usual Kaffeeklatsches (though there will still be kaffee. And indeed klatsching. And possibly cake too…

Instead we are running small group sessions, where writers get to enthuse and hopefully impart some of their wisdom about a whole manner of subjects. First up is former BristolCon Guest of Honour, novelist, screenwriter and sometime Wolverine wrangler Paul Cornell, who will be giving a verbal guided tour of the world of the Shadow Police, the setting for his urban fantasy police procedurals London Falling and The Severed Streets. Paul is a lovely chap and this promises to be a fascinating talk, whether you’re a fan of the books or just want to get some insight into writing modern fantasy and / or crime.

Places in all the small group sessions are free, but strictly limited to 9 people. If you would like to book a place, please email us at programme [at] bristolcon.org. Five places in each session will be available to book in advance, and four will be kept back for people to sign up at the convention but you may need to get to there early. At-con booking will open at 9:00am at the Committee Table, and will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

For more information of the rest of the Small Group Sessions, please take a look at this page. Advance spaces are filling up fast, so sign up quickly!

 

→ No CommentsTags: Programme

The BristolCon Multi-Coloured Book Swap Shop!

October 15th, 2014 · No Comments

It’s not really a shop, it’s more of a table…

If you’re coming to BristolCon and you happen to have good condition SFF books lying around your house that you don’t want any more for whatever reason (duplicates, you need the space, you just don’t read them any more, it’s a Dan Brown), please feel free to bring them along for our Book Swap table. The same goes if you end up with a book in your goodie bag that you already own and you feel like swapping it. And if you see anything good on the Book Swap table, dive in and grab it before anyone else beats you to it!

The Book Swap table will be located just outside Panel Room One, and any books left at the end of the day will be donated to charity.

 

→ No CommentsTags: Books

What Lies Ahead – Competition Now Open!

October 9th, 2014 · 1 Comment

As part of our recent event held in conjunction with Fun Palaces and Bristol Watershed, we are running a competition on the theme of “What Lies Ahead.” You can win prizes of vouchers for Forbidden Planet and the Watershed, but the competition is only open until November 5th, so get your thinking skates on!

WHAT LIES AHEAD? SHORT STORY BRISTOL SCIENCE FICTION COMPETITION.
BRIEF – Write a science fiction story set in Bristol in the future. It can be 100, or 300, or even 500 years from now. Take the things around you and use them to fire your imagination! You can enter as an individual or as a team.
LENGTH – 500-5000 WORDS
Closing date – November 5th 2014
Please send entries to submissions@bristolcon.org
Entries must be in 12pt Times New Roman or Arial and sent as an RTF or Word File – if we can’t open your story we can’t read it!
Please include a title page with the following information :
• Your name (s)
• Physical address (so we can send a prize!)
• Email address
• Title of your story
• Word count
Winners will be contacted on or around December 21st 2014
Good luck!

 

→ 1 CommentTags: Bristol · Writing

New Participant Guides

October 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Three new articles for people taking part in the programme at BristolCon are available on our programme participant policy page (trying saying that with your mouth full!)

There’s one for first-time panelists, one for moderators, and one on giving a great reading. BristolCon has some quirks relative to other cons, so they might be worth a read even if you’re an old hand.

→ No CommentsTags: Policies · Programme

BristolCon 14 Programme Live

October 3rd, 2014 · No Comments

Huzzah! The programme for this year’s BristolCon is now up on the website here. As usual, we have a fascinating array of panel topics. Sex! Death! Aliens! Anime! I’m particularly excited about our new Small Group Sessions, and the way the games room is shaping up. Take a look!

→ No CommentsTags: Programme

Tricia Sullivan Eventbrite Page

October 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

If you are going to be attending the Tricia Sullivan book launch on the Friday night, please sign up on this Eventbrite page. The event is still free, but our friends at Foyles need some idea of how many people will be attending so that they can order enough books.

→ No CommentsTags: Uncategorized

Overcoming Britishness – BristolCon Panels, Your Books and You

October 1st, 2014 · 1 Comment

There’s been some discussion in internet circles recently about the etiquette of promoting your books whilst appearing on a panel. Den Patrick has wise things to say on the subject – to whit, that British authors are embarrassed to be seen doing anything as uncouth as marketing . In the USA it’s common practice to have your book in front of you while you’re talking, but in the UK it’s not done so much. Perhaps it’s because we have an inherent reluctance to blow our own trumpets, or maybe it’s because other people don’t do it, so people think it’s frowned upon or in some way not allowed.

Cobblers! say we. If you’re on a panel and people can see the cover of your book, it might pique their interest enough to go to the dealers room to buy a copy. Of course, our panelists are all so witty and erudite and charming that they don’t need to do this, but we’re going to give them the opportunity anyway.

So, in the interests of encouraging people not to be so shy about the brilliant things they have created, we will be providing book stands on the panel table at BristolCon. If you have a book out, and you want to perch it in front of you while you’re on the panel, you are very welcome to do so.

(If you’re shy it gives you something to hide behind, too!)

Of course, this is in no way obligatory, but we want to give you the option and let you know that hey, it’s ok to let people know you wrote a book…

 

 

→ 1 CommentTags: Programme

Fun Palaces at Bristol Watershed – October 5th 2014

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments

This coming Sunday (Oct 5th) BristolCon descends on the Bristol Watershed Media Centre for an afternoon of SFnal fun and frolics.

question_eyes

We kick off at 12pm with an SF writing workshop hosted by Rosie Oliver (and probably C.A.T!) looking at how writers can use real-life locations – in this case Bristol – in their SF.

This workshop is aimed at writers of all levels, and all ages (as long as under 16s are accompanied by an adult!)

Once you’re briefed on the art of the sci-fi story, you’ll be sent out to visit authors stationed in and around the Harbourside area, and these local sci-fi writers will help you to focus your writer’s-eye goggles and see the aliens, airships, space-pirates and sheer catastrophes that could be lurking in Bristol’s future. From 15:00 – 17:00 there will be a closing workshop during which you can get individual guidance to help you develop your extraordinary stories. Space cadets of all ages can join the workshop and enter the competition solo or in teams. You can sign up for the competition at the Box Office, even if you don’t attend the workshop. The winner will receive a book token and two tickets to a special screening of Silent Running at the Eden Project, and runners up will receive book tokens. Feedback from professional editors will be provided on all entries, so even if you’ve never spun a space-yarn before, come along and see what kind of tale you can tell…

Then there will be two panels:

13:00 – 14:00: Science Fiction + Technology
Does reading and watching Sci-Fi encourage an interest in science? Are there technological developments that would not have happened without science fiction? What have we achieved that was only science fiction fifty years ago? What do we want to see happen in the coming decades? Get some answers (and some more questions!) as you think about what sci-fi means to you!

Followed by a panel which has proved to be very popular at previous BristolCons:

15:00 – 16:00 Toilets in Space
What about day to day practicalities in space? From eating, going to the loo and even dancing the tango – how can everything we do on 21st century Earth be done in zero-gravity?! If you’re writing a story for the Bristol Con competition we’re running as part of our Fun Palaces Weekend, you might want to include a level of reality in your fantastic fiction. So how would you go about using a toilet in space?

Panellists will include Scott Lewis, John Hawkes Reed, Sarah Ash, Thomas David Parker, Jonathan L Howard and more

At 15:00, after the panels, the workshopping will resume, culminating in a short story competition with !Prizes! to be won – we’re still working on the prizes but currently we’re expecting to be able to offer tickets for films at the Watershed and vouchers for SF bookstore Forbidden Planet.

The fun starts at 12pm and goes on until 5.30pm and it’s a completely FREE event – we hope you’ll join us!

→ No CommentsTags: Bristol · Events