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North by Southwest Launch @ForbiddenPlanet 28/03/15

March 21st, 2015 · No Comments

This BristolCon-sponsored anthology launches at the Bristol Megastore on Saturday 28th March from 1 – 2pm.

Join the authors for an eclectic and unlikely series of journeys through landscape and story!

North by Southwest brings together 15 original stories by 10 writers, all members of the North Bristol Writers group.

Bristol is a vibrant, creative city and the tales here are infused with that energy. Bristol has had such a great effect on transport through the ages – it’s an airplane city, a railway city and a port city – so naturally such themes recur, as does the theme of ‘North’.

Contributors:

• Margaret Carruthers
• Roz Clarke
• Clare Dornan
• Desiree Fischer
• Joanne Hall (Editor)
• John Hawkes-Reed
• Claire M Hutt (Artist)
• Ian Millsted
• Justine Newland

Come and meet the authors, have a chat, grab yourself a signed copy and enjoy the company – this won’t be formal event, just a chance to find some fabulous fiction!

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Fantasy Faction Grim Gathering – Bristol – April 10th 2015

March 11th, 2015 · No Comments

Fantasy Faction are bringing their semi-annual celebration of all things grim (and indeed dark. And Grimdark) in Fantasy to Waterstones in the Galleries, Bristol on April 10th 2015. Former BristolCon GOH Joe Abercrombie, along with former Fringe reader Peter Newman, Peter V Brett and Mark Lawrence will be taking part in a panel discussion followed by a q and a and a mass signing session.

This is the third Grim Gathering organised by those fine FF types, and it’s more of a social event than a typical book signing, and a chance to chat to authors in an informal and friendly setting.

This is a FREE event – all welcome! The fun kicks off at 7pm and goes on until late in a nearby pub. Hope to see some of you there!

FF grim gathering poster

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BristolCon Fringe – March 16th 2015 – Christopher Cutting and Paul Cornell

March 10th, 2015 · No Comments

The time for the monthly BristolCon Fringe is almost upon us once more – that crept up quickly! On March 16th we will be bringing you readings from local writer, actor and gent-about-town Christopher Cutting, and also from Doctor Who writer and author of the acclaimed Shadow Police novels Paul Cornell, (once voted “Nicest Man on the Planet” at BristolCon). You don’t want to miss this one – get there early to get a good seat!

If you’d like to come along the event starts at 7.30 at the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome – just turn up and say hi, we don’t bite!

You can join the BristolCon Fringe Facebook group here :

https://www.facebook.com/bristolconfringe

Fringe events are heaps of fun, and open to all, so please feel free to come along!

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BFS Open Night at Central Library

March 8th, 2015 · No Comments

At the end of February Bristol Central Libraryy played host to an event supported by the British Fantasy Society. Our Chair, Joanne Hall, and 2012 GoH Gareth Powell read from their latest novels, Spark and Carousel  and Macaque Attack, respectively, followed by a Q&A.

It was a great evening, helped along by the free wine donated by BristolCon!

Andrew Cox at Central Library and Richard Webb at the BFS were both instrumental in making it happen, and we look forward to working with them to bring you many more events.

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Q and A-ing

 

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Pictures courtesy of Cavan Scott.

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BristolCon Fringe – February 16th 2015 – John Hawkes-Reed and Stark Holborn

February 13th, 2015 · Comments Off

Heads-up, Fringe fans! On Feb 16th the BristolCon Fringe is delighted to be able to bring you local author John Hawkes-Reed (Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion) with his tales of steam-powered war elephants. And from the Wild (south) West we have notorious varmint, cowpoke and mysterious stetson-wearer Stark Holborn (Nunslinger). 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. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome – just turn up and say hi, we don’t bite!

You can join the BristolCon Fringe Facebook group here :

https://www.facebook.com/bristolconfringe

Fringe events are a lot of fun, and open to all, so please feel free to come along!

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Launching “The Ship” with Antonia Honeywell – 19/02/14, Foyles, Bristol

January 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Foyles in Cabot Circus will be hosting the launch of  The Ship, the debut novel from Antonia Honeywell on Feb 19th.

The Ship is described as “rites-of-passage novel, a love story and a high-concept thriller”, telling the story of a world in collapse, where a wealthy man buys a huge ship to transport a handpicked group of 500 – including his 16-year-old daughter – to a safe destiny. However daughter Lalla begins to question and then challenge her tyrannical father as the ship approaches its destination.

Antonia Honeywell is a graduate of the Curtis Brown novel writing course 2011 and Bristol Festival of Literature is proud to bring Antonia to Bristol to launch the book at Foyles. Antonia will read a passage before being interviewed by BristolCon’s own Cheryl Morgan, followed by a signing.

You can read an extract from the novel here, and an interview with Antonia Honeywell here.

This looks like being a really entertaining event – you can sign up on the Facebook page.

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BristolCon Fringe Jan 19th – Peter & Emma Newman

January 9th, 2015 · Comments Off

The first BristolCon Fringe of 2015 is going to be a cracker. On January 19th we have Peter Newman reading from his forthcoming sf/fantasy mash-up The Vagrant and former BristolCon GOH Emma Newman (All is Fair, Between Two Thorns), who might be reading something new and SF-y! It’s going to be awesome – miss it at your peril!

If you’d like to come along the event starts at 7.30 at the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern. It’s a free event and everyone is welcome – just turn up and say hi, we don’t bite!

You can join the BristolCon Fringe Facebook group here :

https://www.facebook.com/bristolconfringe

Fringe events are a lot of fun, and open to all. We have an exciting line-up of readers for the next few months, so please feel free to come along!

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Joanne Hall and Gareth L. Powell giving BFS reading at Central Library 27/02/15

December 29th, 2014 · 1 Comment

BristolCon has teamed up with the British Fantasy Society and the team at Bristol Central Library to bring you a sparkling evening of speculative delights.

Our own Joanne Hall, author of the New Kingdom trilogy and the unforgettable Art of Forgetting series, will be joined by the fabulous Gareth L. Powell, author of many fine novels including the Ack-Ack Macaque series. The eponymous first book in this action-packed series about a foul-mouthed gunslinging monkey was the co-winner of the 2013 BSFA award.

It’s free to attend, and there will also be free wine!

Further details are available on the BFS website.

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BristolCon Fringe Welcomes The Flying Powell Brothers – Dec 13th at The Shakey

December 9th, 2014 · Comments Off

Join us for the BristolCon Fringe on Monday December 15th with the Flying Powell Brothers!

Huw Powell is the author of Spacejackers, which is crammed with Space Pirates, wandering orphans, mystical necklaces and lost planets and is stonkingly ace (I reviewed it here ), while his brother Gareth L Powell needs no introduction to regular Fringe-goers but I’m going to introduce him anyway. Gareth is the author of Ack-Ack Macaque and Hive Monkey, and his latest monkey-with-a-spitfire-blowing-stuff-up yarn, Macaque Attack!  is released in January 2015.

This one is going to be a lot of fun, I suspect.

As always, Fringe events are FREE and take place from 7.30pm onwards at the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, Bristol.

You can join the Facebook event here, or just turn up.

And as it’s Christmas there might even be cake…

 

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Chris Moore confirmed as BristolCon artist GoH for 2015

November 7th, 2014 · Comments Off

We’re delighted to announce that Chris Moore has been confirmed as our Artist Guest of Honour for BristolCon 2015.

Chris is the illustrator behind more iconic SF book covers than you can shake a stick at, having provided artwork for Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven, Frederick Pohl, Anne McCaffrey, Clifford D. Simak, Kurt Vonnegut, J.G. Ballard, Arthur C. Clarke and Samuel R. Delany, as well as being responsible for the much loved Empire Strikes Back wallpapers. Not to mention a whole bunch of other stuff, which you can check out at his website:  http://www.chrismooreillustration.co.uk/

Welcome aboard, Chris!

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