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Time running out to volunteer to participate

August 30th, 2016< by Roz --> · No Comments

If you would like to take part in the programme at BristolCon this year, there’s still time – but only just! We send a detailed poll to all our potential participants in advance of putting the programme together, to ensure that the panels are a good fit for our members. If you have your membership and would like to be considered for a panel or have an idea for a workshop, please contact MEG on programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org as soon as possible.

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Bristol Sunset Cinema Presents…. Close Encounters and Starship Troopers

August 18th, 2016< by Jo --> · No Comments

The very lovely people at Bristol Sunset Cinema are following up last year’s successful screening of The Princess Bride with a series of screenings across venues in Bristol this summer of a range of classic films.

Tickets are available now for Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Ashton Court at 8pm on September 4th 2016 and you can buy them from this link.

Tickets are also on sale for the following :

Star Trek : First Contact at Millennium Square at 7pm on September 16th

The Lego Movie at Ashton Court at 8pm on September 23rd

Starship Troopers at Ashton Court at 8pm on September 25th

Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (the Alan Rickman one) at Ashton Court at 8pm on Friday October 14th

The Matrix at Ashton Court at 8pm on Sunday October 16th

These should all be brilliant events – try and get to one or more of them if you can!

You can also follow Bristol Sunset Cinema on Facebook

Or on Twitter – @bristolsunsetcinema

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TWO tables available in BristolCon dealers room 2016

August 3rd, 2016< by Roz --> · No Comments

Two tables have become available in our dealers room for this year’s convention. If you’re interested, please contact Mark on dealers[at]bristolcon[dot]org for more information.

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North By Southwest Authors Longlisted for Years Best Horror Vol 8

August 2nd, 2016< by Jo --> · 1 Comment

I’m very happy to be able to share the news that two stories from North By Southwest, the North Bristol Writers anthology that was partly funded by The BristolCon Foundation, have been longlisted for Ellen Datlow’s Best New Horror Volume 8.

The stories are “House Blood” by Ian Millsted (Silence Rides Alone), and “Latitude” by Pete Sutton (Latitude also appears in Pete’s new short story collection¬†A Tiding of Magpies, and is set in and around Bristol. You can read a review here) They are both super-creepy stories and you should check them out!

Many congratulations to Ian and Pete!

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SFF News – “Class” Filming In Bristol!

July 26th, 2016< by Jo --> · 1 Comment

Bristol, as you all know, used to be home to ghost / werewolf /vampire house-share drama Being Human, before they all moved to That Cardiff… But now SFF TV has returned to Bristol. Last week filming took place in Redcliffe Caves (two minutes walk from the BristolCon hotel) for Class, the Doctor Who spin-off series about the students of Cole Hill School. One of the students is an alien refugee who has been hidden there for safety by a certain Time Lord….

According to our sources the caves were dressed to resemble the famous Lascaux Caves in France, home of the renowned and well-preserved prehistoric cave paintings. So look out for them when they hit the screen!





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Attending Members list published

July 18th, 2016< by Roz --> · Comments Off on Attending Members list published

BristolCon 2016’s Attending Members list is now up and running here. As noted at the bottom of the page, these are the badge names given to us for those members who have indicated they wish to appear on the website – it isn’t everyone.

The page is updated manually once a month, so it may take up to that long for your details to appear.

Where we have a bio on file for someone from a previous BristolCon, we have linked to it. If you are volunteering to participate in the programme this year, we’ll invite you to give us a bio along with your panel preferences. If you aren’t volunteering but would like us to display a bio for you, or if you urgently want us to update or remove your current one, please contact me at website[at]bristolcon[dot]org.

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Book Launch – The Cracked Amulet by R B Watkinson – The Gryphon, Bristol, July 30th

July 9th, 2016< by Jo --> · 1 Comment

Come and join us for the launch of “The Cracked Amulet” by RB Watkinson , upstairs at the Gryphon on Colston Street on July 30th at 2pm. Wine and snacks will be provided, there will be a short reading, a q and a and a chance to buy BOOKS!

Wefan leaks from the world, and the blood-priests of the oppressive god Murak rise again to bring war to the lands of Dumnon. They search for those with Wealdan in their blood, for it gives them power. They practice horrifying blood-rites on both humans and creatures, they gorge on the blood of innocents, destroy farms and families, towns and cities, conquer swathes of territory and gain new followers. But not all Wealdan-infused blood carries the same intoxicating fuel. The blood-priests seek one above all others.
Against a background of failing states, magik and spirits, Coryn and Katleya lose all they have and must flee all that they know. Coryn, protected by a cracked amulet, must find his sister and fulfill an oath. Katleya has only her wits and her knives to defend herself. She can use her Wealdan only to see the Wefan and is desperate to reach a haven where she can learn to use her power fully. But she is hunted by those who would use her and her Wealdan for terrible purposes of their own.
A story as intricate and as powerful as any Weaving of the Wefan.

R B Watkinson was born in 1960 in the Netherlands of Dutch parents. She now lives on a smallholding in the wilds of west Devon, England. She is married, has raised three children, and wrangles a menagerie of animals. She’s held down many jobs over the years, including editorial secretary for a few well-tamed authors. Her favourite ‘work’, however, is writing.
After gaining a Diploma in Creative Writing at Oxford University in 2011, she embarked on writing epic fantasy. In March 2015, she signed a three book deal with Claret Press, London (, for the epic fantasy trilogy – The Wefan Weaves. She also created the cover art and the interior artwork for her book, including the map of Dumnon.

(Launch Supported by the BristolCon Foundation)

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BristolCon Fringe Horror Special – With Thomas David Parker and Tim Lebbon

July 8th, 2016< by Jo --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe Horror Special – With Thomas David Parker and Tim Lebbon

Come to the BristolCon Fringe on July 18th for a night of horror! Local master of the macabre and Fringe semi-regular Thomas David Parker will be debuting a new short story, “The Lake”, and Tim Lebbon will be joining us from South Wales for the first time, so please come if you can!
As always, Fringe events are completely FREE and open to all, and they take place in the back room of the The Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street from 7.30pm onwards – get there early to get a good seat!

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Book Launch – Pete Sutton and Charles (Ian) Millsted launch their new books in Bristol!

June 27th, 2016< by Jo --> · Comments Off on Book Launch – Pete Sutton and Charles (Ian) Millsted launch their new books in Bristol!

This coming Thursday (June 30th 2016) sees two of our BristolCon regulars, Pete Sutton and Ian Millsted (writing as Charles Millsted just to confuse you) launching their respective new books at a joint launch in Bristol.

Pete will be launching A Tiding of Magpies – a collection of linked short stories published by Kensington Gore, while Charles will be launching his western, Silence Rides Alone, from Sundown Press.

The launch takes place in the suitable spooky surrounds the crypt of St John On The Wall, a former Baptist church built into the fabric of the old city wall, from 7pm on Thursday evening – please do come along and support two local authors! See the Facebook event for more details.

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BristolCon 2016 Progress Report 2

June 13th, 2016< by Roz --> · Comments Off on BristolCon 2016 Progress Report 2

Greetings, Conventioneers!

As midsummer bears down on us, the denizens of Castle BristolCon have been hard at work searching the halls and stairways for programme ideas, and we’ve corralled a good-sized flock of them into our long-list, which will be circulated to potential programme participants in due course. We always try to propose about twice as many panels as we run, to make sure that the people taking part get to discuss topics they’re really interested in. This makes for better panels all round.

If you want to take part in panels or have an idea for a small group session (workshop or klatsch-style meeting in the ‘Snug’), it’s not too late. Contact us at programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org, and if you have purchased a membership we’ll make sure you’re added to the list of volunteers. You don’t need to tell us what you want to do yet, just let us know you’re interested and we’ll be in touch.

We still have a small number of spaces in the dealers room and the art show; if you wish to display your wares in either, please contact us BEFORE you purchase your membership (dealers@ and artshow@ respectively), unless you’re happy to take the risk that we can’t accommodate you.

One thing that is locked and loaded is our book launch event, but I can’t tell you any more yet! As soon as I’m allowed to, I’ll post a news item all about it.

Whilst we don’t like to mess with a winning formula, there are a few sneaky little changes that we’re bringing in. Games will be incorporated into the Brick Out space in the afternoon and run continuously into the evening, so that younger folks and those going out in the evening can join in. We’re having our first ever cosplay contest, and we’ll be running one or two other competitive activities, probably involving cake.

If you have any wants, wishes or whinges regarding BristolCon, we’re always keen to hear them, but now is a particularly good time while there’s still some flex in the planning.

If you think you can help, we’re always on the look out for Minions because the castle floor gets really dirty running BristolCon is a many-handed if incredibly rewarding job. Minions this year get reduced-rate entry next year, or whenever they’re next able to attend, but it’s worth it purely for access to the Staff Room and the Tower of Cakes therein. To volunteer, email our Minion King at volunteers[at]bristolcon[dot]org.

Lastly, we have recently ported our website over from one host to another, and there were some hiccups regarding email forwarding between May 14th and May 24th. If you emailed any @BristolCon address during that period and have not received a reply, please accept our apologies and try again. We don’t want to miss a thing…

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