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Eating Out At BristolCon

August 28th, 2015 · No Comments

Lunchtime at BristolCon will be at 2pm. You probably won’t want to leave the hotel as we have a mass signing and our lovely chair-person is launching her new book in Panel One (hint), but if by any chance you want to wander off and get some food we have some recommendations.

The hotel bar does paninis and light lunches, but it can get a little crowded. If you want to venture further afield, the Arc Cafe is next door, in the crypt beneath the beautiful church of St Mary Redcliffe, one of Bristol’s most famous buildings. This is a volunteer-run cafe staffed by recovering addicts (so it’s all in a good cause) with free wifi, good coffee, and a range of sandwiches, baguettes and hot food (and cake). The Arc Cafe seats about 70 and they are very friendly. Due to the nature of the cafe, they don’t serve alcohol.

Across the road is the Portwall Tavern, universally known as the Little Blue Pub. It’s easy to find, it’s on the far side of the car park opposite the hotel and it’s blue. And little. They do pub grub and real ale.

Also within walking distance of the Hilton Doubletree is the Hole In The Wall, which is a nice pub that backs onto Queens Square but can get crowded at times so it’s advisable to book – not ideal if you’re in a hurry but the food is tasty.

But if you decide not to eat out there will be free cake and wine at the book launch, so you should totally stick around for that….

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BristolCon Memberships – One Month to Go!

August 24th, 2015 · 3 Comments

Heads up!

If you want to purchase your BristolCon membership in advance at £25 and save yourself a fiver on the door price, you have exactly one month to do it. We will be closing the Paypal to purchase advance memberships at NOON on THURSDAY SEPT 24th to allow Amanda time to print out and organise the registration list and get the last few badges printed. So don’t delay!

We will be selling memberships on the door but they will be £30, so buy your membership in advance to save money.

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Evening Entertainment at BristolCon

August 24th, 2015 · No Comments

Whilst the programme of panels and presentations is receiving the final flourishes and garnishes, we can now announce the line-up of entertainment for both the Friday and Saturday evenings at BristolCon. On Friday night there will be a fun, informal workshop on giving readings followed by an open mic event, and on Saturday we’ll have the essential BristolCon Quiz, the Games Room will be open, and for those who haven’t got the intellectual juice left for gaming or quizzing we’ll be screening the winner of our what-film-to-show-at-BristolCon poll: Galaxy Quest! Lots more details can be found here.

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Accommodation At BristolCon – Hotel Discount Available

August 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

Just a quick note to let you know that if you’re staying over for BristolCon rooms at the Hilton Doubletree are still available, but they’re selling out fast!

Bristolcon has secured a limited number of rooms at a discount rate for our guests, but at £70 for single occupancy and £88 for double occupancy they’re not going to hang around for long. If you would like to book a room at the Doubletree phone the hotel and tell them you’d like the discount for BristolCon and it should be applied for you.

We also have a list of alternative accommodation close to the BristolCon venue, should you decide to stay somewhere else.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you – Bristol is an amazing city so why not make a weekend of it?

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BristolCon Fringe – August 17th 2015 – With David Gullen and Gaie Sebold

August 9th, 2015 · No Comments

This is the last Fringe before we take a break in September for BristolCon, and it’s going to be a good one. Our readers will be David Gullen and Gaie Sebold, who has been nominated for this years BFS Short Story Award for “A Change of Heart” – congrats Gaie!

The fun starts at 7.30pm in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, and as always, Fringe events are free and open to all – just turn up and join in the fun!

You can also follow the BristolCon Fringe on Facebook.

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Space in the BristolCon Art Room – Be Quick!

July 27th, 2015 · Comments Off on Space in the BristolCon Art Room – Be Quick!

We have very limited spaces (about three) left in the BristolCon art room this year, but if you want to be considered for one you need to contact as soon as possible for details of how to sign up!

Our art room has always been one of the highlights of the convention, and previous artist guests of honour have included Jim Burns, Anne Sudworth, and, this year, Chris Moore making his first regional con appearance. If you want your art to be shown alongside the likes of these get in touch as soon as possible.

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BristolCon Fringe Horror Special – 20th July 2015 – with Ken Shinn and Nick Walters

July 13th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Come for an evening of BLOOD-CURDLING TERROR at this months BristolCon Fringe, where local authors Kenneth Peter Shinn and Nick Walters will be reading their TALES OF BLOOD AND GORE – mwuhahahaha! This 50’s drive-in style double bill is a not-to-be-missed event! Featuring BLOOD! TERROR! HIDEOUS DEATH! PUDDING! MILD PERIL! TECHNICAL GLITCHES! BEER! QUESTIONS FROM JUSTIN! Miss it – miss out!

If you’d like to come along the event starts at 7.30 at the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, central Bristol. Fringe Events are always free and everyone is welcome – just turn up and say hi!

You can join the BristolCon Fringe Facebook group here :

Fringe events are heaps of fun, even the scary ones!

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Some Dates For Your Diary – Huw Powell and Joe Abercombie Signing in Bristol

July 3rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Some Dates For Your Diary – Huw Powell and Joe Abercombie Signing in Bristol

If you’re in Bristol you might want to add these two signings to your already-packed dairy.

Saturday July 4th 2015 (tomorrow!) BristolCon regular Huw Powell will be launching The Lost Sword, the second in his wildly popular “Spacejackers” series of books which are equally awesome for kids and Big Kids. He will be at Waterstones Cribbs Causeway between 2-4pm, and he has promised balloons and cake.

There probably won’t be that many balloons evident as Lord Grimdark himself, former BristolCon guest of honour Joe Abercrombie, signs copies of Half A War at Forbidden Planet on the Triangle, Clifton on Friday July 17th between 6-7pm. There might be some severed heads we could use as balloons, though…


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Flash Fiction at the BristolCon Fringe – 22/6/2016 – 7pm

June 8th, 2015 · Comments Off on Flash Fiction at the BristolCon Fringe – 22/6/2016 – 7pm

Are you in the Bristol area? Fancy taking part in a flash fiction workshop with our very own flashmiester Kevlin Henney? And / Or taking part in a flash reading open mic session?

As part of the celebrations for National Flash Fiction Day, Kevlin Henney (North By Southwest)  will be taking charge of the Fringe on Monday June 22nd at the Shakespeare Taven on Prince Street. Starting at SEVEN he will be running a FREE hour-long workshop teaching you how to write and polish flash fiction. This will be followed by an hour or so of open mic flash fiction readings for anyone who wants to join in (and pudding – there’s always time for pudding).

You don’t have to attend the workshop to read your flash fiction, and if you do attend the workshop but don’t want to read your story out, that’s fine too – we’re very free and easy like that.

So if you’ve always wanted to master the art of writing short-shorts, or if you just want to hear some local writers doing short readings, or even have a go yourself, this is a really good opportunity in a friendly environment – all welcome!

No need to book, just turn up at seven for the flash workshop or eight for the Open Mic, and we’ll fit in as many readings as we can.

If you haven’t been to a Fringe event and you’re wondering what you might be letting yourself in for, it’s all very friendly and informal, and a great way to get through those first-reading nerves! We welcome published authors and people who are yet to be published on an equal basis.

You can sign up on the BristolCon Fringe Facebook page or just come along – it would be really nice to see lots of you there!

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Sarah Ash Returns to the BristolCon Art Room

June 4th, 2015 · Comments Off on Sarah Ash Returns to the BristolCon Art Room

Following the popularity of her talk on Mythology in Anime at BristolCon last year, Sarah Ash (The Flood Dragon’s Sacrifice) will be coming back to give a talk on Living Dolls. Here’s what she has to say about it.


Persocoms, Giftias and Hybrid Children – manga and anime’s love affair with artificially created humans
From Tezuka’s Astroboy through to the Giftias in new anime series Plastic Memories, Japanese creative artists have loved to wrestle with the practical and ethical problems posed by creating artificial humans. In fact, even though the latest lifelike robots are much hyped in the press and on social media, anime and manga are way ahead! Learn more about some of the unusual ways mangaka and anime creators have explored this fascinating and disturbing topic.

The talk will take place in the Art Room some time in the afternoon – don’t miss it as Sarah is a fascinating speaker!


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