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BristolCon 2014 – A Note From The Chair

October 29th, 2014 · No Comments

BristolCon 2014 has been widely heralded online as the Best BristolCon Yet, and a lot of people need to be thanked for helping to pull that off. The Art Room and Dealers Room sold out in record time, and were hugely successful despite some unforeseen logistical hiccups that luckily went unnoticed by most of our con attendees, who had once again braved tangled roadworks, rail replacement buses and the intricacies of Bristol’s labyrinthine one-way system to be with us. Thank you all for coming.

Thanks once again go to Mike Bowyer of Roundstone Framing in Trowbridge for the loan of his art equipment and last-minute supply of a van to transport them in. The art room was lively and crowded and the display looked great.

Special thanks to our guests of honour, who this year were Julian Quaye, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, and Emma Newman, and to Dev Agarwal, Jonathan Wright and Gareth L Powell who took on interviewing duties and poured tea. Thanks also to the rest of our panellists and moderators who took on such a broad range of topics. And to John Baverstock who pushed buttons, made lights flash and swirl, and introduced panels with impressively bombastic theme music, ably assisted by Matt Bishop, and to the PA manoeuvring team of Chris and Bev Rumble.

Thanks to the committee, who have been working very hard all year to make the con a success — Cheryl, Meg, Ade, Claire, Andy, Roz, Scott, Mark, Des, Mike and Amanda. Without people willing to sacrifice their time, energy and marbles, we wouldn’t be able to make BristolCon the success it continues to be.

We have a horde of wonderful orange lanyard-wearing minions who make time on the day to run desks, shift furniture, find chairs, make cake, find more chairs, smile and direct people and generally keep things running like slightly sproingy clockwork. Thank you to Sam and Tom Bishop, Pat Hawkes-Reed, Chris Horner, Clare Neilson, Lor Graham, Rob Harkess, Dan Pawley, and Ian, Piotr and Snorri, who weren’t minions but kept being in the right place at the right time (or the wrong place at the wrong time).

Ian Whates hosted a fabulous book launch for Kim Lakin-Smith’s “Cyber Circus” and dished out loads of free books, and freebie thanks too to Phil Norris for the prize draw prizes, Jo Fletcher Books, and Sophie Calder and Charlie Panayiotou from Gollancz who not only sent us books but made sure they arrived.

Bristol Bad Film Club brought us a truly terrible film and a ferret, much to the alarm of the hotel, and Jon Dowling and Scott Lewis ran our expanded games room in an exceptional manner. Pith helmets doffed all round to you splendid chaps!

We are very grateful to the accommodating and patient staff at the Hilton Doubletree, particularly the capable Leonie in conference sales, Rachel, and the tireless and ever-smiling Hotel Chris, who must dread our arrival but manages to never show it….

Thank you also to Forbidden Planet for providing our goodie bags, and to SFX, Ujiima Radio, Northcliffe Press, Bristol 24/7 @Bristol52 on Twitter, Bristol Literature Festival, Wizard’s Tower Press, Grimbold Books and Oxfam Bookshop in Cotham. And our long-suffering families – you have all been incredibly supportive.

Next year BristolCon is confirmed for the slightly earlier date of September 26th, when our Guests of Honour will be Jasper Fforde and Jaine Fenn. Hope to see you there, if not before!

Best wishes,

Jo Hall (Con Chair)

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