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

June 27th, 2016< by Jo --> · No Comments

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 --> · No Comments

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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BristolCon Fringe with Justin Newland and Stephanie Burgis – 13th June 2016

June 8th, 2016< by Jo --> · No Comments

This month’s BristolCon Fringe sees the return of our favourite asker-of-difficult-questions, Justin Newland, who will be reading from his novel The Genes of Isis. Joining him will be Fringe first-timer Stephanie Burgis, author of Masks and Shadows, as well as the Kat Stephenson trilogy for younger readers.
As always, Fringe events are free and open to all, and take place in the back room on the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street in Bristol (next to the swing bridge) – turn up early to get a good seat!

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BristolCon Membership Goes Up to £25 from June 1st – Book Now!

May 9th, 2016< by Jo --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Membership Goes Up to £25 from June 1st – Book Now!

Just a quick heads up – if you haven’t bought your BristolCon membership yet then don’t forget to get one by the end of May. The price goes up to £25 on June 1st, so save yourself a fiver and sign up now!

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BristolCon Fringe Crime Special! Featuring Paul Cornell and Martyn Waites (Tania Carver) – May 16th 2016

May 5th, 2016< by Jo --> · 3 Comments

Come on down to the BristolCon Fringe the month for our first ever Crime Special! We are lucky enough to be hosting former BristolCon Guest of Honour Paul Cornell, author of the Shadow Police novels (Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (Shadow Police) launches in Forbidden Planet in Bristol and that London at the end of the month ), and also Martyn Waites, who also moonlights as Tania Carver (The Lost Girl (Brennan and Esposito) ), so this is one not to be missed!

As always, Fringe events are free and open to all, and take place in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street (next to the Swing Bridge) from 7.30pm onwards – get there early to get a seat and grab something to eat.

Hope to see lots of you there!

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Mike Carey at Bristol Waterstones – May 18th 2016

May 2nd, 2016< by Jo --> · Comments Off on Mike Carey at Bristol Waterstones – May 18th 2016

I know you’ll be interested in this one. Waterstones in the Galleries, Broadmead will be hosting an evening with Mike Carey, author of The Girl With All The Gifts (currently being filmed!) and Fellside. Mike is a superb author and very entertaining in conversation, and he will be being interviewed at this event by BristolCon’s own Cheryl Morgan, so don’t miss it!

The event is FREE and takes place on Wednesday May 18th at 6.30pm. Please let Waterstones know you’re coming by booking a free ticket via Eventbrite at this link. It’s sure to be busy, so book now!

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GalaXaFreaks – Support this Kickstarter from BristolCon Attending Artist Andrew Pawley

April 22nd, 2016< by Jo --> · 1 Comment

BristolCon attending artist Andrew Pawley is running a Kickstarter for his latest run of his aliens-vs-dark vibes comic GalaXafreaks – check it out here!

Andrew says :

The GalaXafreaks are a bunch of galaxy sized weirdos getting up to hi-jinx! I’ve previously successfully crowdfunded 4 issues of the comic. Each issue is full of individual stories. You can download a free PDF of GalaXafreaks: Original Series No#1 here!

 In the last issue we meet the Darklings. One Darkling in particular is different from all the rest! What has Meeko got to do with the origins of her planet and what is her relationship to the Cosmic Giant Captain Yeah!? In this issue the plot thickens as Captain Yeah! and Meeko start to realise the epic proportions of the Dark Vibe Underlords plans! You can find out more about the GalaXafreaks here.

Check out his fabulous GalaXafreaks art too – and let’s see if we can get Andrew to his third stretch goal before May 1st!

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Far Horizons Press – Support Their Funding Campaign via IndieGoGo

March 22nd, 2016< by Jo --> · Comments Off on Far Horizons Press – Support Their Funding Campaign via IndieGoGo

Those splendid people at Far Horizons Press have just launched an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign in order to finance THREE SFF anthologies they have in the works.

FORMER HEROES : Have you ever wondered what happens to heroes once they stop being heroes? Then you need to read this book to see how real life heroes, heroic buildings, starfarers and super heroes cope with no longer being heroes. Includes stories by David Gullen, Gaie Sebold, Andrew Goodman, Peter Sutton and Sara Jayne Townsend.

FOREVER HUNGRY : Do like brains? Do you like munching into their gooey goodness, do you salivate at the thought of getting your hands deep inside the cranium and stuffing that grey matter into your ever-chomping jaw? Do you, in fact, like Braaaains!? If so then this book is for you. Over 20 stories of the shambling undead for your pleasure.

FANTASTICALLY HORNY : Do you want your erotica to explore new worlds and new species? Do you want to read sexy sci-fi  or fantasy with added, er fantasy? Then this book is for you, a collection of tales to titillate and tease. Find out what those aliens, robots, dragons and centaurs get up to in the bedroom.

So if you like heroes, zombies, or shagging (and if you don’t like at least one of these things I’m sorry but you’re DEAD INSIDE) – or indeed a combination of all three, you should check out Far Horizons IndieGoGo campaign and bung them a few quid to help them on their way!

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BristolCon Fringe – March 21st 2016 – with Myfanwy Rodman and Pete Sutton

March 16th, 2016< by Jo --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe – March 21st 2016 – with Myfanwy Rodman and Pete Sutton

Yes, the BristolCon Fringe has rolled around once more, and this month it’s an all-Bristol affair. We’d like to welcome back Myfanwy Rodman and Pete Sutton – Pete has just signed a deal which will see a short story collection of his published by Kensington Gore, so congratulations, Pete! (If Pete is reading expect magpies…)

As always the Fringe is a free event that takes place in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street at 7.30pm – turn up early to grab a seat and a bite to eat!

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Bristol Film Festival – Coming March 2016

February 19th, 2016< by Jo --> · Comments Off on Bristol Film Festival – Coming March 2016

Bristol is having its inaugural Film Festival in March 2016, and there are plenty of genre-related goodies on the programme for you to enjoy!

Forbidden Planet with an introduction from Dr Pete Falconer
Friday 11th March, 9pm
Auditorium, Arnolfini
Tickets: £7.50  adults, £5.00 concessions (under 18, OAP, student), 10% discount for NHS/police/fire/armed forces (enter SERVICESDISCOUNT as a promo code, and show valid ID on the night)
More information and tickets here: http://bristolfilmfestival.com/event/forbidden-planet/
Labyrinth
Saturday 12th March, 6:30pm
Auditorium, Arnolfini
All tickets £5 –  10% discount for NHS/police/fire/armed forces (enter SERVICESDISCOUNT as a promo code, and show valid ID on the night)
http://bristolfilmfestival.com/event/cult-cinema-series-labyrinth/
Labyrinth was recently screened at the Watershed and tickets sold like wildfire, so if you missed out last time grab these quickly!
Horizon
Saturday March 12th, 5pm
Dark Studio, Arnolfini
Tickets: £5-6
A screening of the Bristol-made webseries recut as a film
http://bristolfilmfestival.com/event/made-in-bristol-horizon/
Horror In The Caves – All Weekend from Friday 
Redcliffe Caves – nearest postcode BS1 6SR
Tickets: £18 with 10% discount for NHS/police/fire/armed forces (enter SERVICESDISCOUNT as a promo code, and show valid ID on the night)
 
Highlights: 
Alien / Aliens
Saturday 12th March, 6pm  – 10.45pm
http://bristolfilmfestival.com/event/horror-caves-aliens/
I can think of few things more scary than an Alien / Aliens double bill in a cave…
Except maybe…
The Thing
Saturday 12th March, 3:30pm
http://bristolfilmfestival.com/event/horror-in-the-caves-the-thing/
Genre faves also showing include The Babadook (which I actually refused to watch at the cinema because I knew it would scare the pants off me), The Descent (and oh gee that’s in a cave as well…), and a double bill of Samurai Cop I and II from our friends at Bristol Bad Film Club.
If you’re interested in any of these films, in films made by local film makers, or just in cinema in general, head on over to the Bristol Film Festival website to find out more and book tickets!

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