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BristolCon Fringe is a series of readings by SF&F authors held throughout the year. They take place in the Function room of the Naval Volunteer. They start at 7:30pm. The current schedule of readings is as follows:

June 19thPeter Newman & Kate Coe

Peter Newman lives in Somerset with his wife and son and sometimes pretends to be a butler for the Tea and Jeopardy podcast, which he co-writes, and which has been shortlisted for a Hugo Award.

His first book, The Vagrant, was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award, and won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award in 2016.

Kate Coe is the author of the Green Sky Series a set of novels  about people, technology and magic, set in a world that is just discovering flight and electricity, and is trying to balance the use of magic and talent with the new wonders.

Kate is a librarian with a background in classics and law, she lives near Gloucester in an old pub with an engineer, a computer geek and a lazy cat, and fills her spare time in between writing with web design, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things).

July 17thVirginia BerginJustin Newland

Virginia studied psychology and (briefly) fine art/film and video at university. She has had lots of different jobs – so many she’s lost count – and she even got paid to write for documentary, corporate and e-learning projects.  She lives on a council estate in Bristol, UK. She likes science, archaeology, nature, art and walking.

Justin was born in the tenth ember of 1953, making him a Capricorn. Hey, someone has to be one. Today, he lives with his partner in plain sight of the Mendip Hills, in Somerset, England and writes historical, fantasy and speculative fiction with a supernatural bent

August 21stLucy Hounsom & Dolly Garland

Lucy lives in southwest England  on the hilly, red shores of the Jurassic Coast. It’s a beautiful, mysterious part of the country, steeped in myth and folklore. And so unsurprisingly, it’s a perfect place in which to make up stories. She is irrevocably drawn to fantasy and the third book in her Worldmaker trilogy is coming in December.

Dolly writes fiction and non-fiction with an impressive list of short stories, reviews, articles, essays and podcasts to her name.

September 18th – Anna Smith-Spark & Chloe Headdon

Anna Smith-Spark lives in London, UK. She loves grimdark and epic fantasy and historical military fiction. Anna has a BA in Classics, an MA in history and a PhD in English Literature. She has previously been published in the Fortean Times and the poetry website Previous jobs include petty bureaucrat, English teacher and fetish model. The first book in the Empires of Dust series (The Court of Broken Knives) will be coming from Harper Voyager in June 2017

Ever since she was little Chloe has wanted to be either a writer or a knight, so she now combines a bit of both. Chloe’s work is inspired by myths and legends, especially King Arthur, medieval history, and the British landscape. She is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel as well as other short stories. In her spare time, Chloe practises Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and can regularly be found fighting people twice her size with swords.

October 27th – Open Mic Night at BristolCon Opening Night

November 20th – Jonathan L Howard & Baylea Hart

In the early 1990s Jonathan L Howard worked as a scriptwriter and video game writer, including writing credits on the highly successful Broken Sword series of video games.

Following one very positive review of the writing, Jonathan says:

“All this positive feedback made me think that just possibly I might have the ability to make it as a professional writer. I dug out a lot of my old notes from years before, and started working on them again. One set of notes was about a necromancer called Johannes Cabal.”

His first novel, Johannes Cabal the Necromancer, was published in 2009. Jonathan is one of this year’s Guests of Honour at BristolCon

Baylea Hart is an IT Technician by day, horror writer by night and a reader everywhere in between.

In 2013 she wrote, directed and edited the short horror film Behind the Door, which won a Top 50 spot in the Bloody Cuts “Who’s There?” competition and as of 2015 has over 430,000 views on YouTube.

In October 2015 she won the Bristol Horror Writing Competition with her short story Jack in the Box, and had her story published in the Far Horizons E-Magazine. Her short story “Eyes Open” was published in the 12th issue of 9Tales Told in the Dark in 2016.

Baylea graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and enjoys watching people grow slightly white after reading her stories. Her first novel, “The Log House”, is due to be published in 2017 via Unbound


We hope to see a lot of you at the readings. And if you are a writer who is interested in being part of the program, please contact us on or via our Twitter profile @BrisConFringe. There is a FAQ about the fringe here, where you can find more information and also a Facebook page where you can talk to us about the readings.

Open Mic nights are open to anyone to read; you don’t need to sign up in advance. Each reader gets 5 minutes – just bring something along and dive in!

Cheryl Morgan records the Fringe readings and these are available as podcasts on her site at


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  • 4 Paul Bristow // Dec 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm


    As a contact base for quite a few authors, some of whom are self-publishing at present, I wonder if Bristolcon folks are aware of and/or able to help get the word out about the godawful trainwreck that is the new EU VAT legislation, and it’s crushing impact on microbusinesses and “nanobusinesses” trading in electronic goods (such as eBooks) on line?

    A friend of mine, Jonathan Waite (whom alas I’ve not yet managed to drag to a BristolCon, due to transport and disability issues) is yer classic struggling “new” author (i.e. he’s been working on that “overnight success” thing for a few decades, now!). After a very promising year of prodigious writing output, and slowly growing on-line sales of his work, he is now having to close his fledgling webshop because of this new legislation… and there are lots of other creative folks in the same boat.

    Further info, and a bunch of folks who doing something to fight this:

    Anything you guys can do to (a) spread the word around the fannish community about how this is going to impact some of their favourite new authors (including the ones they haven’t discovered yet!), and (b) raise awareness in the corridors of power about just how many tiny on-line “nanobusinesses” there are these days, based on one creative person putting their work out on-line for a tiny trickle of revenue, would be much appreciated.

    Thanks for your attention.

    – Paul B. =:o}

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