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BristolCon 2020 is a Go!

November 17th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

For those of you not able to come to the BristolCon 2019 closing ceremony, there will be a BristolCon on Saturday October 31st 2020!

The Guests of Honour are authors Anna Smith Spark and Adrian Tchaikovsky.

The place is the same as it has been for quite a few years now – the Hilton Doubletree Hotel (next to St Mary Redcliffe church and five minutes walk from Bristol Temple Meads railway station). I understand the hotel is now accepting bookings for those who want to stay overnight!

Applying for memberships online is not yet available, but will be sometime in the new year. (Those who paid at the 2019 BristolCon for 2020 BristolCon membership – fear not, you are on our membership list.)

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If you lost FireFly Mug at BristolCon

November 15th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

The owner has claimed it and the mug is now winging its way back home!

During the tear down / packing up of BristolCon this year we found a mug in the Dealers Room. Despite the committee’s best behind the scenes efforts we have not been able to reconnect it with its owner.

If this is your mug, please let our Dealer Leader know with some form of added description to make sure it is yours. The e-mail address is dealers[at]bristolcon[dot]org. We will find some way of getting it back to you.

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Meet C-3PO Anthony Daniels at Toppings, Bath, November 17th

November 8th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

Anthony Daniels will be signing the copies of his book, I am C-3PO: The Inside Story on Sunday November 17th 11-30am at Toppings in Bath – The Bookshop, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS.

Anthony has worked on all nine Star Wars films over 40 years and therefore has a lot of behind the scenes the knowledge of what went on. So this book should be interesting.

Tickets are priced at Standard £33.99 which includes admission to the event and is fully redeemable against a copy of the featured book. Valid up to and including the event, one voucher per book. It also includes £15 to spend at the bookshop. Valid in person at the bookshop until 24th December 2019. The alternative is early bird which is a specially reduced price for early booking. This book voucher includes admission to the event and is fully redeemable against a copy of the featured book. Valid up to and including the event, one voucher per book.

See here for details.

May the Force be with You!

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Bristol Science Fiction Writing Group Starting

November 3rd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

It was lovely seeing all you wonderful people at BristolCon. The observant among you may have noticed that there was a sign-up sheet for a science fiction writing group – we now have four of us interested – so it’s definitely going to happen!

If you are interested in joining us and have not already signed up, please contact me at Social Media and web content : Rosie Oliver [media@] or [website@]bristolcon[dot]org.

What will the writing group do? We would give face-to-face interactive feedback on samples of our writing – this is a step up from the usual critiquing circles on the internet. I would also hope to have general discussions about science and technology that would help our writing.

Being at the start of this writing group gives you a chance to shape it and what it does.

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Geekmania in Thornbury Saturday 2nd November 10am – 4pm

October 28th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · 1 Comment

Hope you all enjoyed BristolCon on Saturday… normal website services will resume soon. In the meantime…

Geekmania with special guests Clem So, Colin Baker and Mickey Baker, Cosplay parade, Trader Market, Talks, Panels, Prop displays and Gaming Zone will be on at Thornbury Leisure Centre, Alveston Hill, BS35 3JB from 10am to 4pm. Advance tickets and more information can be found here.

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Pre-Con bookings for small group sessions close tonight

October 24th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

Pre-con booking for workshops / kaffeeklatsches / small group sessions will close tonight (Thursday October 24th) at 23:59pm. After that bookings for the remaining places will be taken at BristolCon.

Please note pre-con bookings for Edit like an Editor are already closed due to being fully subscribed.

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Pre-con sign ups for Edit like an Editor full.

October 23rd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

Pre-convention registrations for the Edit like an Editor by Vicky Brewster small group session are now FULL. Sign-ups will now only be taken at BristolCon on the day for the remaining spaces.

Other small group sessions still have pre-convention sign-up slots available.

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Deadline for buying online memberships – 23:59pm Wednesday Oct 23rd

October 22nd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

This is a reminder for those who want to attend BristolCon, but have not yet purchased their membership – we will not be able to accept memberships online after 11:59pm on Wednesday October 23rd.

Online memberships can be purchased here.

You will still be able to purchase memberships at the registration desk on the Saturday – the day of BristolCon – October 26th – BUT THE PRICE WILL INCREASE BY £5 for all categories.

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Rail and Road Works for BristolCon

October 21st, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

BristolCon would not have the same air of adventure if there were not rail engineering works and road works around Bristol! Yes, we have been plagued blessed yet again with these phenomena.

Basically if you are travelling by rail from the north to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, you will be provided with a replacement bus service. More details from the official publications:

Saturday and Sunday – All weekend, buses will replace trains between Newport/Gloucester and Bristol Temple Meads. Some trains which run beyond these stations will be amended. Some will not run. Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will run at a reduced hourly service.

Saturday and Sunday – All weekend, buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Avonmouth/Severn Beach.

The replacement bus timetable may be found here.

And of course the Temple Gate road construction works that started in June 2017 are still ongoing, though we were promised they were due to be finished this Autumn. It’s not as bad as it has been, but they can still be a nuisance. More details here.

A quick reminder while I’m lurking here… online registrations will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday.

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Membership Registration Times

October 17th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Membership Registration Times

We are getting soon close to BristolCon… the excitement is building up a head of steam… but we have to deal with a few practicalities about registration and membership. I know it’s mundane stuff, but needs to be said. So here goes…

We will stop accepting online memberships at 23:59 hours on Wednesday 23rd October. This will be your last opportunity to buy standard memberships at £30, and concession and disabled memberships at £20. Memberships can be purchased here.

Thereafter memberships can be purchased at the door on Saturday when you turn up at BristolCon. Membership fees are £35 for standard ones, and £25 for concessions and disabled.

Those who have prepaid registered memberships may collect their badges and programmes etc on Friday evening between 18:00 and 19:30 from our BristolCon registration desk at the hotel – don’t worry you can’t miss it!

Registration on Saturday will open at 09:00 for both registered members and those wishing to join. We will initially have a multiple queuing system, so please look for the signs as to which queue to join.

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