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2015: BristolCon ’15 is Just Around the Corner


Bristol 18/09/2015

Seven years on from its inception in 2009, Bristol’s acclaimed science fiction and fantasy convention, BristolCon, returns to the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel on September 26th. After last years’ convention started trending under the hashtag #BristolCake, we’ve got a lot to live up to! As well as  cake, we have an exciting menu of special guests, panels, workshops and entertainment .

Our Guests of Honour this year are the authors Jasper Fforde and Jaine Fenn, and legendary SF artist Chris Moore making his first ever regional con appearance.

Jasper Fforde made it big in 2001 with the publication of The Eyre Affair, an alternate reality mystery which introduced the literary detective ‘Thursday Next’, who went on to appear in a further six novels. He has written many more successful novels for adults as well as a series of YA novels. His latest project, his 14th book, is a thriller called ‘Early Riser’, set in a world in which humans have always hibernated. It’s due out in  the Spring of 2016.

Jaine Fenn is a science fiction writer, author of the ‘Hidden Empire’ series, pacy far-future space opera. The series opened in 2008 with the critically acclaimed Principles of Angels, and consists of four further novels and the short story collection Downside Girls.

Chris Moore has created cover art for records and literary novels, but is best known for his SF covers. He has produced covers for so many seminal works of fiction that for many of us, a Chris Moore cover is simply what a science fiction book should look like.

As always, BristolCon will also welcome many other well-known writers and artists. These include Paul Cornell, Jonathan L. Howard, Anne Lyle, Gareth L. Powell, Ian Whates, Emma Newman, Pete Newman, Janet Edwards, Jim Burns and Stephanie Saulter.

BristolCon will of course feature its usual mix of discussion panels, merchandise stalls, and art on display. Our panels are renowned for their appeal – we tailor them to our members. This year we bring you green futures and grim dystopias, artificial humans and a discussion on how to be bad-ass with a baby in tow. We will also be repeating our smash hit series of ‘small group sessions’, where authors will sit down with up to ten people and workshop aspects of writing or talk about specific themes. We can’t wait to find out what you can’t learn on creative writing courses, courtesy of Jasper Fforde!

In the evening there will be a gaming room running games such as Werewolf and Lords of War, our fiendish quiz, and a screening of Galaxy Quest, as voted for by our twitter followers.

For those in the area on the Friday night we also have two free events running. A night of open mic readings will be preceded by a fun, informal workshop on how to read aloud, so nobody need feel too shy to join in!

Convention tickets can be bought in advance for £25 from the convention website at until Thursday 24th. Tickets on the door will be priced at £30. Tweet us @Bristolcon for more details.