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November 20th, 2021< by admin --> · No Comments

Bav calling Orson… 

So, BristolCon 2021 happened! Like It Actually Happened!

After 2020 became an online-only event it was a question of needing to get back to the in-person event track… but keeping our virtual presence too. Becoming a truly hybrid convention would be a stretch goal, but I feel like we’ve taken that first step.  It seems to have gone reasonably well.

Without a doubt, the biggest challenge for the committee this year was doing our first Convention with a remote accessing MEG. I think it’s fair to say a chairman deciding not to attend a convention because of everyone’s health is the strongest act of leadership there is… but I won’t dwell, except to say, everyone at the convention was touched by the personal act of sacrifice.

We were blessed with two amazing guests of honour for our return, both Gemmell Award shortlisted author Anna Smith Spark (Empires of dust) and Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of apt, Children of Time) who not only took part in panels and interviews but also briefly became part of our unloading/loading crew!

Our slightly smaller offering allowed us to open up more spaces for people, saw us a little less cramped, but didn’t reduce the quality of the content at all. From a panel that saw BristolCon favourite Steve McHugh declare himself the new global tyrant, to discovering that a podcast about aliens, cats, and taking off and nuking from orbit can be quite romantic actually. The whole day felt like family coming home.

Our family extended its reach again this year, to the distant lands of Pasadena with first-time attendee J. Dianne Dotson and, via Perth (the really far away one), we welcomed back Alicia Wanstall-Burke.

Both had celebratory news, with Alicia marrying Graham Austin-King, and Dianne becoming engaged to two-times BristolCon Guest of Honour Gareth L. Powell. We managed to give them a cheer during our publisher’s event with Handheld Press, which included the lovely touch of voting for readings, a lot of little nibbles, and a lovely glass or two of something tasty.

Reading back through past chairman’s reports/thank yous, I note that we’ve always been a convention that seems to grow. We add a workshop stream, or we add a panel room. Way back in 2010 Joey and MEG added an extra half a day and a brand new hotel! This year, we added some firsts…

  • Our first-ever live stream of a panel room (we managed well over 80% using the made-up statistics rule)
  • We had our first chill-out area featuring a live-stream from panel one
  • Our first-ever recording of a Podcast (thanks to Dianne and Gareth for letting us be a part of that)
  • Our first ever online art gallery set up by the fabulous Andy. 
  • The first time we didn’t have a female chair (shall we wait another ten years eh MEG?)
  • Our first Discord inclusive event with Mark running the online chats (we’re looking to keep those going throughout the year!)

But it was also a year of repeats

  • Another year where the hotel staff were brilliant (I think they used up all their staff on Saturday which left them understaffed on Sunday. Apologies to all the Sunday stayers, including myself!).
  • A wonderful Art Room filled with models, paintings, photographic art, comic book art…  a really lovely display
  • A truly splendid array of wares and lovely people in the dealer room. 

Our grateful thanks go to everyone who attended, took part, hosted workshops, moderated, and shifted furniture. Without you, BristolCon would not happen.

As with every year, we had a sterling crew of members helping and committee members doing outstanding work. A special mention to Simon who not only didn’t get to have me bumbling about during set up, but also ran the live stream and the audio mixer in Panel Room one!

And so… with the last sentence of this report, I’m happy to say I was Chair for 2021, but even happier to say MEG returns as Chair for 2022!

As I said in the closing ceremony… BristolCon22 Electric Boogaloo!

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No Book Swap Table at BristolCon this year

October 25th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on No Book Swap Table at BristolCon this year

Hi Folks,

Due to the current situation and concerns about sanitising books we have decided that this year there will be no book swap table at the Convention

We understand that this may be disappointing to our members but we take our responsibility to our member’s health seriously and don’t want to increase the risk when we can mitigate it

See you there,

The BristolCon Committtee

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Final 2021 Virtual Art Show Update

October 25th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on Final 2021 Virtual Art Show Update

We’ve added our final Gallery to this Year’s Virtual Art Show

This last gallery comes from Emma Ridley and can be accessed by going to https://www.bristolcon.org/artshow

We hope that you enjoy all of the Galleries and they will be displayed on a screen in the Art Room at the Convention

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Membership Update

October 23rd, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on Membership Update

Hi folks,

BristolCon is now only a few days away and the committee are busy putting the final touches to what we plan to be a fun hybrid day.

As usual, we are closing memberships in advance of the convention to allow us time to ensure that we can process them in time for Saturday.

The membership portal will therefore close at 23:59 on Monday October 25th.

If you have not bought a membership yet and wish to attend the con, either in person or online, you will need to buy your membership by that point. We will not be selling memberships on the day.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.

The BristolCon Team

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2021 Virtual Art Show Update

October 20th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on 2021 Virtual Art Show Update

We’ve added 2 more Galleries to our Virtual Art Show

Our next set of Galleries are by Zoe Burgess and Andrew Skilleter

You can view them by going to the www.bristolcon.org/artshow page and then clicking on the individual links

We will post again when there are new Galleries available

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BristolCon Discord Channel

October 20th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Discord Channel

BristolCon has created a dedicated Discord Channel for people to get involved in the convention on the day

We will be using this to allow people to ask questions during our live streamed events and for people to interact with each other

You will need to register in order to access the Discord Channel

Link is:

https://discord.gg/fcy6M6sj

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2021 Programme is now available

October 20th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on 2021 Programme is now available

BristolCon is happy to announce that the Programme for 2021 is now available for people to peruse.

The link for the programme is https://www.bristolcon.org/programme or you can use the What’s On link at the top of the site

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2021 Virtual Art Show Update

October 14th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on 2021 Virtual Art Show Update

We’ve added more Galleries to our 2021 Virtual Art Show

Our next set of Galleries are by Jim Burns, Fluff Munkey and Sarah Knighton

You can view them by going to the www.bristolcon.org/artshow page and then clicking on the individual links

We will post again when there are new Galleries available

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2021 Virtual Art Show Now Live

October 8th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on 2021 Virtual Art Show Now Live

We have added our first Galleries to our 2021 Virtual Art Show, more will be added in the coming weeks

Our first Galleries are by our resident Artist Andy Bigwood and Convention regular Sophie E Tallis

You can view them by going to the www.bristolcon.org/artshow page and then clicking on the individual links

We will post again when there are new Galleries available

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MEMBERSHIP NEWS

October 4th, 2021< by Christopher Rumble --> · Comments Off on MEMBERSHIP NEWS

Despite all that’s going on, we are pleasantly surprised by the number of members who have signed up for this year’s convention featuring Guests of Honour Anna Smith Spark and Adrian Tchaikovsky. Whilst we would love to see as many lovely people as possible to celebrate our first post lockdown gathering, we are keen to minimise any infection risk.

To this end, we have reluctantly made the decision to cap our membership and remove the facility to register on the day. Once the cap is reached, we will close down on-line registrations.

Whilst we accept that this may be disappointing for some, safety is our uppermost concern. To support those who cannot attend, you can watch one of our panel rooms on YouTube, view our virtual art rooms, and join in the conversation on Discord. All for free – so look out for our announcements over the coming days.

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have been in contact with a confirmed case of infection. We recommend that attendees complete a lateral flow test ahead of the weekend.

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