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Calling Special Effects Fans – CineMe Bristol Host Martin Bower, Bristol, Sept 28th

August 18th, 2014 · No Comments

Calling all film buffs and special effects fans!

CineMe Bristol are running an event on September 28th, 7pm at the Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, with Film and TV Model Maker Martin Bower (Alien, Blake’s 7, Space: 1999, Flash Gordon, Tripods, Outland). Martin will be discussing his career, answering questions, displaying some of his models and excerpts from his work will be used to illustrate points.

Admission is £6.00 on the door, or £5.00 in advance at

Sounds like a fun evening – if you have any interest in practical FX you won’t want to miss it!


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August Fringe – Open Mic!

August 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Calling all Bristolian writers with voices!

To celebrate the first anniversary of the BristolCon Fringe, we’re putting on an Open Mic session on Monday August 18th at 7.30pm in the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street, Bristol. Readings will be five minutes long and you can read anything you like – flash, WIPs, extracts from short stories, poetry, whatever! No need to sign up in advance, just turn up with something to read and we’ll fit in as many of you as we can.

If you haven’t been to a Fringe event and you’re wondering what you might be letting yourself in for, you can hear recordings taken at the fringe here on the BristolCon website or on Cheryl Morgan’s blog – for July’s readings, for example…

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

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BristolCon Fringe 21st July feat. Ken Shinn & Andy Goodman

July 19th, 2014 · Comments Off

This Monday evening summons forth our July instalment of the BristolCon Fringe reading series at the Shakespeare Tavern.

Featured this month are Andy Goodman, and local writer Ken Shinn, whose short story “Case of the Vapours” opened Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion.

The usual format applies: we start at 7.30 at the back room of the Shakespeare, which is on Princes Street near the harbour. There’s no charge for entry, and the pub’s food and ales are excellent.

You can join the BristolCon Fringe Facebook group here :

August’s Fringe event is an open mic session, featuring lots of writers reading for a few minutes each. Its an intimate space and we’re a very friendly and supportive bunch, so if you haven’t read for an audience before and would like to try your hand, come along and give it a whirl!

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Would-be panelists: Have you got your membership for BristolCon yet?

July 1st, 2014 · Comments Off

This week our Programme director, MEG, will start the lengthy and brain-bendingly complex process of finalising our panel items and fitting people into them, as well as making lovely things happen such as readings and book-signings.

At BristolCon we don’t dictate the panel selection; we ask potential panelists to tell us which of the suggested topics they’d be most interested in. It takes longer, but we think it’s worth it. So if you want a chance to be a part of and shape the programme at BristolCon 2014, you need to sign up right now – seriously, right now, that cat video can wait! – and let us know that you’re interested in taking part.

Here’s the membership page.

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Joe Abercrombie ‘Half a King’ Waterstones Bristol July 5th

July 1st, 2014 · Comments Off

‘Lord Grimdark’. aka BristolCon’s 2010 Geust of Honour Joe Abercrombie, is off on tour promoting his new YA saga Half a King. He’ll be at Waterstones in the Galleries at 1:30 pm on Saturday 5th July. If you’re interested in attending call in at the shop or contact them on: 0117 925 2274

You can find out more about Half a King and Joe’s other novels at his website:

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BristolCon Welcomes Recycled Robots

July 1st, 2014 · Comments Off

We’d like to welcome Dan Gardiner of “Gardiner’s Recycled Robots” to our 2014 Art Room.

Dan says -

“Gardiner’s Recycled Robots are unique found object robot sculptures, assembled with care and attention to detail. They are made from objects found in skips, bins, charity shops and car boot sales. Each sculpture is a unique and one of a kind robot sculpture with its own unique personality and name.”

Which I think you’ll agree is both eco-friendly and SF-nal!

You can find more information on the Gardiner’s Recycled Robots Facebook Page, which is here :

and we look forward to meeting the robots at BristolCon!

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Solaris Author Mega-Signing – Waterstones Cardiff, July 31st

June 24th, 2014 · Comments Off

If any of you fancy venturing across the Bridge into Deep Dark Wales for some authorly fun, Solaris are holding a multi-author mega-signing event  featuring best-selling and award-winning authors at Waterstones Cardiff, The Hayes on July 31st 2014 from 5:30pm.

BSFA winner and former BristolCon Guest of Honour Gareth L Powell will be signing copies of the first two titles in the popular Macaque trilogy, Ack-Ack Macque and Hive Monkey ahead of the steampunk monkey’s final hurrah next year (signing from 5:30).

2014 BFA nominee, Bath-based fantasy author Lou Morgan will be signing copies of her first two novels Blood & Feathers and Blood & Feathers :Rebellion (signing from 5:30).

Bestselling author Gail Z Martin will be signing copies of her latest book, Deadly Curiosities from 6:30pm onwards.

Get down there and join the fun – thanks to Lou Morgan for the heads-up!



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June Fringe Readings

June 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

June’s Fringe readings take place on Monday 16th June and come from two Bristolian authors: David J. Rodger and Pete Sutton.

David writes dark SF & fantasy, and has eight novels to his credit including God Seed and Dog Eat Dog, a collection of short stories,  the post-apocalyptic RPG Yellow Dawn, and last but not least a murder mystery game called ‘Murder at Sharky Point’. We don’t know what he’s going to read for us, but there is a fair chance of squamousness.

Pete is very busy on the local scene, being a member of both the Bristol SF&F Society and the North Bristol Creative Writing Group. He is one of the organisers of Bristol festival of literature and is of course one of the contributors to our Steampunk anthology Airship Shape and Bristol fashion. He is also a contributor to the Naked Guide to Bristol and is an event organiser for Vala publishing. 

We’ll be in our usual venue: the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince St., where you can get excellent beer and food, and great company is guaranteed (at least on Fringe nights!) Kick-off is at 7:30. Natives of Iran and Nigeria are excused attendance. We look forward to seeing the rest of you there.

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Hilton Summer Sale – 33% off BristolCon Hotel Rooms

June 6th, 2014 · Comments Off

If you’re thinking of staying overnight at BristolCon (and why wouldn’t you?), you might be interested to know that the Hilton are currently having a 33 % Summer discount sale on rooms, including ones in Bristol. You can get all the details on the website for the Hilton Doubletree, Bristol, which can be found at :

I don’t know how long this offer will last, but it’s worth taking advantage of!

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BristolCon Welcomes: Jasper Fforde, Tricia Sullivan & Sarah Ash

May 19th, 2014 · Comments Off

We’re happy to announce that we have three more great authors signed up to attend this year’s BristolCon on October 26th.

JASPER FFORDE is the author of the Thursday Next series of comic fantasy novels, famously set in Swindon, and The Last Dragonslayer series. He receantly appeared at the Bristolcon Fringe “Murder Most Magical” event in associate with Waterstones.

TRICIA SULLIVAN is an American SF author living in the UK. She is the author of Dreaming of Smoke, which won the Clarke Award in 1999, and her other novels include Maul and Lightborn. She lives in Shropshire and practices martial arts.

SARAH ASH lives in Bath and has retired from teaching to become a full time fantasy novelist. Her novels include Songspinners and Tracing the Shadow, and her most recent novel is The Flood Dragon’s Sacrifice. She used to run a primary school library, and she’s passionately interested in anime and manga.

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