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BristolCon Fringe

BristolCon Fringe is a series of readings by SF&F authors held throughout the year. They take place in the back room of the Shakespeare Tavern, 68 Prince St. They will start at 7:30pm, and food will be available until 8:30pm. We use this venue for our committee meetings and can vouch for the quality of their menu. The current schedule of readings is as follows:

  • Monday October 19th – Jo Hall and Jonathan L Howard (as part of Bristol Festival of Literature)
  • Monday November 16th – Tom Parker and Lucy Hounsom
  • Monday December 21st – Simon Kewin and Sarah Ash
  • Monday January 18th – Will Loram and Nick Walters
  • Monday February 22nd – Will MacMillan Jones and Gareth L Powell
  • Monday March 21st – Myfanwy Rodman and Pete Sutton
  • Monday April 18th – Open Mic – all welcome!

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 programme, please contact us on fringe [at] BristolCon [dot] org. 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

Pete Sutton reading


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  • 1 The first ever Bristolcon Fringe Reading | Cavan Scott // Aug 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

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  • 2 Sci-fi writers flock to BristolCon Fringe | Writing South West // Sep 13, 2013 at 8:44 am

    […] and promising writers from the Bristol area. A schedule of forthcoming events is available at the BristolCon […]

  • 3 Out and About – Between Now and Christmas | Joanne Hall // Sep 21, 2013 at 11:16 am

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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}

  • 5 Forthcoming Events | Cheryl's Mewsings // Jan 6, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    […] January 19th: BristolCon Fringe, featuring Emma & Peter Newman. There will probably be tea, and possibly a spot of mild peril. […]

  • 6 February Schedule | Cheryl's Mewsings // Feb 5, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    […] I’ll be there if I get back from Manchester in time, and maybe dropping in on BristolCon Fringe (John Hawkes-Reed & Stark Holborn) if I can get away in […]

  • 7 The Powell Brothers Do Fringe | Cheryl's Mewsings // Feb 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    […] worse. Next up, when I get the time, will be Emma & Pete Newman. And of course we have the February Fringe event happening next Monday (16th). That will feature John Hawkes-Reed (hopefully with programmable steam […]

  • 8 BristolCon Fringe Readin’ | NUNSLINGER // Feb 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    […] now I’m back, in time for a fine ol’ gathering organised by them folk at BristolCon. On Monday 16th February at 7.30pm, I’m going to be at that notorious watering-hole, The Shakespeare Tavern along with fellow […]

  • 9 The Severed Streets in UK Paperback // Feb 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    […] Appearances list.  On Monday March 16th at 7.30pm I’ll be appearing at one of the regular BristolCon Fringe meetings, and on 6th February next year I’ll be a guest at the second True Believers Comic […]

  • 10 Our Doctor Who Artist is Neil Edwards… and Here are the Dates! // Mar 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    […] you’re reading this on Monday, 16th March, do remember I’m guesting at the BristolCon fringe […]

  • 11 The Good Soldier and Other Stories // May 3, 2015 at 6:09 am

    […] to other matters, in March I appeared (alongside local writer Chris Cutting) at a BristolCon Fringe meeting, a monthly gathering of SF fans in the city which usually features an author doing a […]

  • 12 Today’s Women’s Outlook Show Links | Cheryl's Mewsings // Jun 3, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    […] If you want to attend the flash workshop on the 22nd, details of BristolCon Fringe meetings are here. Details of all of the events in Bristol on the 27th are […]

  • 13 Fringe Tonight – Will Macmillan-Jones & Gareth L. Powell | Cheryl's Mewsings // Feb 22, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    […] Further details are available on Facebook, and on the BristolCon website. […]

  • 14 Fringe Open Mic on Monday | Cheryl's Mewsings // Apr 16, 2016 at 6:53 pm

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  • 15 This Damned Band is Back! // May 5, 2016 at 9:10 am

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