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BristolCon 2016 Progress Report

January 29th, 2016 · No Comments

December and January are always the quietest months of the year for the BristolCon team, as the furore of the last con dies down and we take a few deep breaths before ramping up to the next one. But we never stop completely (no rest for the wicked), and we’ve had several meetings to talk about the 2016 convention, whilst individual department heads have been beavering away behind the scenes making their corner of BristolCon 2016 even more awesome than in previous years.

The dealer’s room is filling up, so if you want to be considered for a space, please contact dealers[at]bristolcon[dot]org as soon as possible. We also want to hear from any visual artists who would like to display their work in the art show; contact, you guessed it, artshow[at]bristolcon[dot]org.

We’ve begun the process of collecting and consolidating ideas for panel discussions, presentations and workshops. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, tweet us @bristolcon or email programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org. That’s also the email for enquiries about participation, but we won’t be looking at assigning people to panels for some time yet. We’d also love to hear our members’ suggestions for anything else we can do to enhance your BristolCon experience, such as…

…mugs? Anybody fancy a mug? We’ve produced the odd artefact over the years as gifts for Guests of Honour or competition prizes, but merchandise has never been made available to buy. We are considering it this year, so, what do you think? Would you like a little bit of BristolCon to take away?

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Fight Like A Girl launch party, 2nd April 2016

January 29th, 2016 · 2 Comments

Fight Like A Girl cover by Sarah Anne Langton

The BristolCon Foundation’s first sponsored projected of 2016 is the launch party for Kristell Ink’s new anthology Fight Like A Girl.

The launch will take place at The Hatchet Inn, Frogmore Street, Bristol (one of only two surviving medieval inns in the city centre) on Saturday April 2nd from 1pm-5.30pm.

There’ll be swordplay from contributing author Fran Terminiello and friends, readings from the anthology and discussion of the role of women in SF&F. There will also be a buffet to munch. You can see Fran’s skills in action in this video of an impromptu display in the bar at FantasyCon in 2014. Also showing off her moves in the video is Juliet McKenna, another of our contributors, who will be at the launch and could well be persuaded to throw someone to the floor with her little finger; always a treat.

Copies of ‘Fight Like A Girl’ will be available to buy on the day. RRP £9.99

Tickets are available from eventbrite –

The entry price of £5 per head is entirely to cover the cost of the buffet. The extra 95p is a fee charged by eventbrite to cover their administration costs. So if you want to join in with the buffet, please buy a ticket so we know how many people want feeding!

You can also join in the fun on our Facebook Page.

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Cube Cinema – Galaxy Quest and Live Stand-Up!

January 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Those good people at the Cube Cinema in Bristol are all geared up to bring you a cinematic and comedic treat.

On February 27th at 7.30pm, the Cube are putting on an evening of live standup comedy culminating in a showing of the 35mm print of Galaxy Quest, recently voted the 7th-best Star Trek film of all time! Dressing-up is postitively encouraged and there might be prizes to be won.

Tickets for this out-of-this-world trip, and further information, can be found by following this link :

Never give up, never surrender!


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One-off Showing of Labyrinth at Bristol Watershed – Buy Your Tickets Now!

January 19th, 2016 · No Comments

In honour of the great David Bowie, in what is (un)arguably his finest moment on screen, those lovely folks at Bristol Watershed are going to be showing Labyrinth on Feb 14th at 11.30am, and tickets are available from their website right now.
You should probably grab these quickly; tickets are going to be snatched up like unsuspecting baby brothers…

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January Fringe – With Will Loram And Nick Walters

January 17th, 2016 · No Comments

Tomorrow sees the first Fringe of 2016, which will see up-and-coming Bristol author Will Loram paired with Nick Walters, who you may remember terrorised us with his “Blood Terror of the Scrunge Worms” last time he read (don’t worry, you can get ointment for that at the chemists….) No Scrunge worms this time, we’re promised, but a reading from Nick’s new UNIT novel for you Who fans out there…
You are welcome to join us – all Fringe events are free and kick off at 7.30pm in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince St – hope to see you there!

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Merry Christmas (in Gallifreyan…)

December 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment


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December Fringe

December 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off on December Fringe

Come to the last BristolCon Fringe event of 2015 to hear Simon Kewin and Sarah Ash read from their work and endure gentle interrogation – with mince pies!
Simon Kewin – Author has had over 100 published short stories, and is the author of cyberpunk novel The Genehunter and fantasy novels Engn and Hedge Witch.
BristolCon regular Sarah Ash has written for UK Anime News and is the author of “The Flood Dragon’s Sacrifice” and “Songspinners”, among others.
As usual, Fringe events take place at the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince St., are free and everyone is welcome. You can join the event on facebook, or just turn up on the night! It starts at 7:30 and the Shakey serves food until 9.

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Ivory Towers – Exhibition in Bristol Featuring Former GOH Julian Quaye

December 1st, 2015 · 1 Comment

Former BristolCon Artist GOH Julian Quaye will be displaying some of his work in an exhibition entitled ‘Ivory Towers’ in Bristol this week.

The exhibition runs from December 1st -7th at PAPER Arts / Co-lab, 51-53, Merchant Street, Broadmead BS1 3EE, and “showcases the work of three artists each with his own unique style but all united by the common theme of wildlife. Wildlife crime is ravaging the planet; the illegal trafficking of wildlife is now one of the world’s largest criminal industries with repeated links to terrorism networks. To help fight this crime, the artists are donating a percentage of every item sold to the I.A.P.F. (International Anti-Poaching Foundation).

Bristol born artist Diff (Patrick Tutton) was inspired by Banksy and first brought his artwork to the streets of Bristol. In recent years Diff has diversified, producing 3-dimensional works dealing with issues of capitalism, war and greed. Diff has the gift of making dark worldly concerns come to light with a touch of humour.

South African born Neil Thomas Roberts is now a Bristol based visual artist who mainly specialises in oils. His key themes generally revolve around the surreal directly influenced by the arcane, resonating with symbolic energy. Recently he has been preoccupied in refining a traditional photo-realistic technique which he intends to modify with touches of the street art style. Neil aims to transcend the realm of pure aesthetics and wants his creations to serve an anabolic purpose.

Julian Quaye’s paintings illustrate his love of ironic juxtaposition with a touch of steam punk sensibility and a huge dose of kitsch.He is currently working on brief character biographies which will bind them into a larger narrative. He describes himself as “the bastard great great grandson of Beatrix Potter”.

These exciting artists will also be showing some miscellaneous works at the event to illustrate their artistic versatility.”

You can find out more about the event on Facebook.

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Improvising the Future

November 23rd, 2015 · Comments Off on Improvising the Future

On the 10th & 11th December the Bristol Improv Theatre brings to the stage the very first show produced by brand new improvised theatre company Unscripted Players!

“What the Future Holds” takes a look at how technology has become such an intrinsic part of our lives, but is it always a force for good? Technology mega-company FutureTech invites you to a special focus group event to ask how far can technology go? FutureTech has pioneered a number of inventions that have changed the lives of everyone but they need your help to come up with the next! What problem do you face every day in your life and what technology could solve it? FutureTech representatives will run a simulation of a possible world like ours focusing on one individual’s life. How will the new technology impact on their life? What will happen to their loved ones? Will they choose to side with the technology lovers, or plunge the world back into a dark age? And, perhaps most importantly, will FutureTech make any money?

They say: “We are also excited to bring you a lively first half featuring members of the Unscripted Players performing short form games.”

Tickets are £5. The short form show starts at 7.30pm and What the Future Holds starts at 9pm.

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Bristol Festival of Literature – Events For Your Diary

October 6th, 2015 · Comments Off on Bristol Festival of Literature – Events For Your Diary

The annual Bristol Festival of Literature is almost upon us, and there are several events running that should be of interest to BristolConnies.

BristolCon regular Jonathan L Howard is involved in two events. Firstly there will be An Evening At The Fear Institute taking place at Smoke and Mirrors, just off the Centre on October 15th at 7.30 pm. Follow the link to buy tickets. Four of Jonathan’s Johannes Cabal short stories have been adapted into plays featuring local actors including Fringe readers Tom Parker and Ken Shinn, directed by Christopher Cutting. Tickets are a mere fiver, and this sounds like a lot of fun.

Speaking of the BristolCon Fringe, Jonathan will also be reading from his latest novel, Carter and Lovecraft, at the Fringe on October 19th. He will be reading alongside Joanne Hall, who will be reading from Spark and Carousel, which was launched at BristolCon. As usual this will take place in the Shakespeare Tavern on Prince Street from 7.30 pm, and the event is free and open to all.

Also appearing as part of the Lit Fest, Mike Carey (The Girl With All The Gifts) will be appearing alongside Jess Bradley and BristolCon regulars Cavan Scott (Doctor Who) and previous GOH Paul Cornell (Wolverine, This Damned Band, more Doctor Who) at Creating Comics, hosted by Cheryl Morgan, which will take place at Waterstones in the Galleries on October 16th at 7.15 pm. This is a free event but it is ticketed, and you can pick up a ticket for Creating Comics here – be quick as it’s sure to be a popular one!

There are heaps of other events going on in and around Bristol as part of the Festival of Literature, which runs from Oct 15th-24th 2015. They have something for everyone, so why not get involved?

You can find out more at

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