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BristolCon Safety Policy Reminder

March 24th, 2019< by MEG --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Safety Policy Reminder

We at BristolCon are proud of our reputation for being a friendly, safe, and inclusive environment for everyone. We welcome all fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy and our aim is to promote authors and artists working in the genre. Your safety, and that of all of our attendees, is our priority.

For further information on our safety policy, please visit the link on our FAQ, policies and Guides page

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Green Stories Initiative

March 14th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Green Stories Initiative

Green Stories is an initiative to get people writing about green issues such as climate change, green energy, sustainable food etc. It has recently completed a competition for writing short stories and the anthology, Resurrection Trust, will be published on March 28th with a foreword by Caroline Lucas MP and review by Jonathan Porritt.

The profits from this publication will be used to run bigger competitions in the future, the next one for writers opening in April will look for solution-focused stories with a positive tone, which according to research are more likely to inspire greener behaviours and a proactive mindset to address sustainability issues than stories with a catastrophic focus. This seems to be because negatively framed stories can either make people avoid the subject and switch off, or leave them feeling helpless to make a difference.

The Green Stories website, which also has information about various issues, is here.

For those interested in the Resurrection Trust see here. There will be a book launch at October Books, 189 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2NF. Thursday 28th March 2019 7.30pm -8.30pm. There will be wine and nibbles and some short readings and general mingling.

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Broken Shadow By Jaine Fenn Book Launch

March 11th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Broken Shadow By Jaine Fenn Book Launch

Local author, Jaine Fenn, will be launching her novel, Broken Shadow at Books on the Hill (Hill Road, Clevedon, North Somerset BS21 7PL), Saturday, April 13th. Jaine will be at the bookshop from 11am onwards, with the launch party at 5-30pm.

Broken Shadow is the second in her Shadowlands duology. If you have not read the first book, Hidden Sun, a good blurb can be found on Amazon here. For those who have read the first book, a better blurb can be found here on the Angry Robot site.

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BristolCon Fringe presents George Mann and Anna Smith Spark

March 4th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe presents George Mann and Anna Smith Spark

George Mann and Anna Spark Smith will give readings from their work on Monday, March 18th, 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.

Books on the Hill will be selling books as always, as well as some splendid teas.

George Mann is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist and scriptwriter.

He’s the author of the Newbury & Hobbes Victorian mystery series, as well as four novels about a 1920s vigilante known as The Ghost. He’s also written bestselling Doctor Who novels, new adventures for Sherlock Holmes and the supernatural crime series, Wychwood.

His comic writing includes extensive work on Doctor Who, Dark Souls, Warhammer 40,000, a creator-owned series based on Newbury & Hobbes, as well as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for younger readers.

He’s written audio scripts for Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Sherlock Holmes, Warhammer 40,000 and more.

As Editor, he’s assembled four anthologies of original Sherlock Holmes fiction, as well as multiple volumes of The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction and The Solaris Book of New Fantasy.

Anna Smith Spark is the author of

  • the critically acclaimed, Gemmell and BSF awards shortlisted Empires of Dust grimdark epic fantasy series The Court of Broken Knives, The Tower of Living and Dying and The House of Sacrifice (HarperVoyager UK /Orbit US/Can).

Her favourite authors are Mary Renault, R Scott Bakker and M. John
Harrison. Previous jobs include English teacher, petty bureaucrat and fetish model.
You may know her by the heels of her shoes.

www.courtofbrokenknives.org
Twitter: @queenofgrimdark
Facebook: Anna Smith Spark

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Dark Visions: An Evening with Patrick Edwards at Foyles, Cabot Circus

March 2nd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Dark Visions: An Evening with Patrick Edwards at Foyles, Cabot Circus

Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol, are holding a literary science fiction event on Friday 15th March 7-30pm to 9-00pm, cost £3.

It is to launch a debut novel by Patrick Edwards, author of the bold and chilling new dystopia, Ruin’s Wake.

In Ruin’s Wake, Patrick Edwards imagines a world under the boot of a totalitarian government, a world with no history and whose inhabitants exist at the mercy of the state. Join Patrick as he discusses his fascination with the future, and the real world inspirations for his novel.

Patrick Edwards lives in Bristol and has never grown out of his fascination with science and the future. In 2014, he decided to give writing a go and graduated from the Bath Spa University Creative Writing MA with distinction. His first novel, Ruin’s Wake, was inspired by the works of Iain M. Banks and modern-day North Korea, and is ideal for fans of Iain M. Banks, Adrian Tchaikovsky and David Mitchell.

Tickets are available from the Foyles website here or can be bought directly from Foyles Cabot Circus, SU21, Bridgstowe Street, BS1 3BH.

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2019 Membership is now OPEN!

February 26th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on 2019 Membership is now OPEN!

The membership portal for 2019 BristolCon is now open. Go to the PORTAL HERE

Membership Rates Nov to May are:

Standard – Adult (Ages 10+): £25

Concessions (Unwaged and Young Adults Aged 14 to 17): £15

Disabled: £15

Carer (only available with a paid Disabled Membership): Free

Artist: £25

Dealer (Full Table – includes 1 Dealer Membership with each Table, additional helpers are charged at Standard Membership rates): £40

Dealer (Half Table – includes 1 Membership): £30

Former Guests of Honour: Free

Guests of Honour: Free

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Local Authors on BSFA Best Novel Shortlist

February 18th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Local Authors on BSFA Best Novel Shortlist

We have not one, but two local authors on the BSFA shortlist for best novel in 2018…

…our BristolCon guest of honour this year, Gareth L Powell, has his novel Embers of War, the first in a trilogy. The second is Fleet of Knives is due for release tomorrow! That’s what I call timing! We are absolutely delighted to have him as guest at our BristolCon fringe tonight (7-30pm at The Gryphon, 41 Colston Street, BS1 5AP). He will also appear in conversation with Heather Childs about Futures Far and Near at Foyles bookshop, Thursday 21st February at 7-30pm. See here for details.

…our previous guest of honour, Emma Newman, has her novel, Before Mars, the third in Planetfall series, on the shortlist. Her fourth planetfall novel, Atlas Alone, will be published on April 18th.

Congratulations to both Gareth and Emma.

[Wow! It’s all happening here in the southwest!]

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Yippee! An Extra Workshop Stream at BristolCon!

February 17th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Yippee! An Extra Workshop Stream at BristolCon!

Yes, that’s right. BristolCon is expanding! We will be having not our usual one, but TWO workshop / kaffeeklatsch streams in addition to our usual two panel streams at BristolCon this year.

We would love to hear from anyone who wants to run a workshop or host a kaffeeklatsch at our bigger and better convention. Please send you ideas to Dan, our programme guru, at programme[at]bristolcon[dot]org by close of play, Thursday April 11th. We will be starting to plan our programme shortly after that – oh this is getting really exciting.

 

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Reminder of Three Events in Bristol Feb 18th – Feb 21st

February 12th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Reminder of Three Events in Bristol Feb 18th – Feb 21st

Monday February 18th – BristolCon Fringe presents Daniel Cull and Gareth L Powell at the Gryphon, 41, Colton Street, Bristol, Bs1 5AP 7-30pm until about 9pm. Doors open at 7pm. Event free to attend. See here for more details.

Tuesday February 19th – Our Child of the Stars by Stephen Cox, Book Launch and Reading. Stephen will be holding his Bristol-based book launch at Max Minerva’s, 39 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7PY at 7pm. Tickets for £5 can be bought directly from the bookshop or online here, and will include wine and nibbles. See here for more details.

Thursday February 21st – Futures Far and Near: Gareth L Powell and Heather Child in Conversation at Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol, 7-30pm to 9-00pm. It is to launch Gareth’s second Embers of War book, Fleet of Knives and the paperback version of Heather’s Everything About You. Tickets at £3 from the Foyles. See more details here.

Phew! What a busy science fiction week in Bristol!

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BristolCon Fringe presents Daniel Cull and Gareth L Powell

February 5th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe presents Daniel Cull and Gareth L Powell

Daniel Cull and Gareth L Powell will give readings from their work on Monday, February 18th, 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.

Books on the Hill will be selling books as always, as well as some splendid teas.

DANIEL CULL has been writing since he was a teenager, inspired by classic sci-fi movies and television. He has mainly written scripts, having some success with BBC talent. His film script Antihappy was optioned by Harvest Films and he was an active member of Southwest Scriptwriters. In the past few years he has turned to prose, looking to inspire children using his science fiction series Tomorrows; short, stand-alone science fiction books for children: Goosebumps by the way of the Twilight Zone, pulp sci-fi and Doctor Who.

GARETH L. POWELL is a speculative fiction author from the UK. He has won the BSFA Award for Best Novel and been shortlisted for the Seiun Awards in Japan. His novels and novellas have been published in the UK and US by Solaris, Titan Books, and Tor.com Publishing.

His short fiction has appeared in Interzone, Clarkesworld, and Gardner Dozois’s Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ was a finalist for the 2015 BSFA Award.

Gareth was born and raised in Bristol, UK, and was once fortunate enough to have Diana Wynne Jones critique one of his early short stories over coffee. Later, he went on to study creative writing under Helen Dunmore at the University of Glamorgan.

Gareth has run creative writing workshops and given guest lectures at UK universities, been a guest speaker at the Arvon Foundation in Shropshire, and given talks about creative writing at various literature festivals around the country.

His nonfiction book About Writing is an essential field guide for aspiring authors.

Gareth has also written for The Guardian, The Irish Times, 2000 AD, and SFX. He has written scripts for corporate training videos, and is currently at work on a screenplay.

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