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Badges at BristolCon

September 18th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

Many of you lovely members lead a double or multiple life, your day to day existence of walking round and interacting with people and more, and your online existence where you morph into data and pictures. In many cases the two presences (physical and online) are identified by completely different names or pictures.

We have known online groups come to BristolCon to meet up and that you know each other only through your online symbol / name. If you want to quickly identify each other from such a group, it has been suggested you wear a badge with your online symbol / name on it.

As the first tranche of BristolCon badges has now gone off to wonderful badge-makers, we are now unable to change the names on those badges. If you haven’t included your online name in your BristolCon badge name, we suggest you bring your own badge to wear with your online family-friendly name / symbol on it.

Of course the more artistic or craft-capable people among you might like to do something special for such badges, but that is entirely up to you.

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Bristol Festival of Literature

September 13th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

It is no coincidence that BristolCon happens during the Bristol Festival of Literature (Oct 17th – Oct 27th – though there is spillover of a few events either side of these dates).

They have a great variety of events: themed story telling events, writers’ retreat, performance poetry, book launches and book fair. One event that might interest science fiction and fantasy friends is Writing for Children at Waterside 1, The Watershed at 1pm Oct 27th (the day after BristolCon). Bob Baker (K9, Dr Who, Wallace & Gromit, Flora’s World) and Sarah Baker (Through the Mirror Door and Eloise Undercover) question and answer session chaired by Lottie Storey. For more details see here.

You can find the Bristol Festival of Literature’s wonderful programme here.

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Membership Payment by Cheque Deadline

September 11th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

It’s nice to see so many lovely people signing up for BristolCon memberships. We look forward to seeing you on October 26th.

If you want to come along and have not yet signed up, pleased note the latest we can accept payment by cheque is September 30th. After that payments can only be accepted by paypal.

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Event Reminder – Joe Abercrombie Booksigning – Sunday at Foyles, Bristol

September 10th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

Seems so much has been going on, it is easy to lose track of even the important things. And one of them is an event this coming Sunday…

BristolCon’s previous Guest of Honour, Joe Abercrombie, will be at Foyles in Cabot Circus to sign his newly published novel, A Little Hatred – which is a return to his world of his First Law trilogy – on Sunday September 15th, 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Details here.

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Dealer Tables Still Available

September 7th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

We have some super-duper dealers coming to BristolCon and you can see those who’ve paid up here. (By the way, WG Foyle is Foyles the bookshop.)

There are still some dealers’ tables available – a full table costs £40 and half a table costs £30, both prices include one dealer as member of BristolCon. Booking (and paying for) a dealer table is done initially via sending a message from our membership portal.

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BristolCon Fringe presents Juliet E McKenna and Rosie Oliver

September 2nd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

After a summer hiatus, BristolCon Fringe is back. Juliet E McKenna and Rosie Oliver will give readings from their work on Monday, September 16th, at The Gryphon, 41, Colton Street, bristol, Bs1 5AP 7-30pm until about 9pm. Doors open at 7pm.

The event is free to attend and there will be a Q&A after the readings where the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions to the authors.

Both Rosie and Juliet will have copies of their latest books for sale on the evening.

Juliet E McKenna has always been fascinated by myth and history, other worlds and other peoples. Her debut novel, The Thief’s Gamble, first of The Tales of Einarinn was published in 1999, followed by The Aldabreshin Compass, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, and The Hadrumal Crisis. She reviews for the web and print magazines and blogs on book trade issues. She teaches creative writing from time to time, and writes diverse shorter fiction. Recent stories include contributions to the anthologies Alternate Peace, Soot and Steel, and The Scent of Tears. The Green Man’s Heir was her first modern fantasy, published by Wizard’s Tower Press in 2018, and The Green Man’s Foe is the eagerly anticipated sequel. The Green Man’s Heir is a finalist for the Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel at this year’s British Fantasy Awards

Rosie has been in love with science fiction ever since she discovered a whole bookcase of yellow-covered Gollancz science fiction books in Chesterfield library. She was very disappointed when she read the last of those novels. Her only option then was to write science fiction. Which is what she did after gaining two Masters degrees in mathematics, and a career in aeronautical turned systems engineering. To help her along the way, she gained an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where her course novel was shortlisted for the Janklow and Nesbit prize as the most promising novel on the course.

Over twenty of her short stories have since been published in magazines, anthologies and as standalone e-books. Her story Cyber Control was voted the favourite short story in Kraxon Magazine in 2016. She published / edited the SFerics 2017 anthology, from which one of the stories, Angular Size, by Geoff Nelder was shortlisted for the 2017 BSFA shorter fiction award. She co-edited Distaff, a science fiction anthology where all the new stories were written by women, believed to be the only anthology to do so this century. While writing her C.A.T. (a robo-cat) novel, she gained eight Honourable Mentions from the international Writers of the Future Contest, purr, purr, purr. She is currently concentrating on writing science fiction novels in different universes (yes, plural!).

You can find Rosie online at

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Deadline for Returning Participant Forms

August 30th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

Our programme master, Dan, may be super-human, but he needs time to assess the the wishes of the participants and put a balanced programme together to reflect those wishes so that there is something for everyone.

Therefore we have had to put a deadline on the return of participants’ forms, which is:

Friday, 6th September

Any participant form received on or after 7th September is very unlikely to be taken into consideration.

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BristolCon Evening Entertainment is…

August 28th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments


No, we’re not joking… they really are coming all the way from London. More information about all the wonderful concerts they and where they play is here.

Wow, what a way to celebrate BristolCon’s tenth anniversary!

Our thanks go to our wonderful chairman for arranging this. (Maybe we should call her wonder woman?)

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Reduced B&B Rates for BristolCon-ers at Hotel Venue

August 27th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · 1 Comment

If you are attending BristolCon and want to stay in the venue hotel – the Doubletree Hilton Hotel – you can get rooms at a reduced rate….

Bedrooms can be booked at £110 B&B per night for double occupancy, which is cheaper than the current rate quoted on their website. This offer is subject to the availability of the rooms. Car parking has to be paid for separately.

To book at this cheaper rate, please call the hotel direct on 0117 9260041 (option 2 or 3) and say you’re with BristolCon.

Thanks to our wonderful chairman for doing the deal!

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Evening Entertainment for BristolCon – We’ll Tell You Soon!

August 26th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · No Comments

Oh the excitement… I can’t wait to share the good news with you. Our super-duper chairman talked to the entertainers on Saturday… everything is looking good… so watch this space for an announcement about our tenth anniversary celebrations announcement.

Purr, purr, purrfect!

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