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Pre-con sign ups for Edit like an Editor full.

October 23rd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Pre-con sign ups for Edit like an Editor full.

Pre-convention registrations for the Edit like an Editor by Vicky Brewster small group session are now FULL. Sign-ups will now only be taken at BristolCon on the day for the remaining spaces.

Other small group sessions still have pre-convention sign-up slots available.

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Deadline for buying online memberships – 23:59pm Wednesday Oct 23rd

October 22nd, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Deadline for buying online memberships – 23:59pm Wednesday Oct 23rd

This is a reminder for those who want to attend BristolCon, but have not yet purchased their membership – we will not be able to accept memberships online after 11:59pm on Wednesday October 23rd.

Online memberships can be purchased here.

You will still be able to purchase memberships at the registration desk on the Saturday – the day of BristolCon – October 26th – BUT THE PRICE WILL INCREASE BY £5 for all categories.

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Rail and Road Works for BristolCon

October 21st, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Rail and Road Works for BristolCon

BristolCon would not have the same air of adventure if there were not rail engineering works and road works around Bristol! Yes, we have been plagued blessed yet again with these phenomena.

Basically if you are travelling by rail from the north to Bristol Temple Meads railway station, you will be provided with a replacement bus service. More details from the official publications:

Saturday and Sunday – All weekend, buses will replace trains between Newport/Gloucester and Bristol Temple Meads. Some trains which run beyond these stations will be amended. Some will not run. Trains between London Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads will run at a reduced hourly service.

Saturday and Sunday – All weekend, buses will replace trains between Bristol Temple Meads and Avonmouth/Severn Beach.

The replacement bus timetable may be found here.

And of course the Temple Gate road construction works that started in June 2017 are still ongoing, though we were promised they were due to be finished this Autumn. It’s not as bad as it has been, but they can still be a nuisance. More details here.

A quick reminder while I’m lurking here… online registrations will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday.

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Membership Registration Times

October 17th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Membership Registration Times

We are getting soon close to BristolCon… the excitement is building up a head of steam… but we have to deal with a few practicalities about registration and membership. I know it’s mundane stuff, but needs to be said. So here goes…

We will stop accepting online memberships at 23:59 hours on Wednesday 23rd October. This will be your last opportunity to buy standard memberships at £30, and concession and disabled memberships at £20. Memberships can be purchased here.

Thereafter memberships can be purchased at the door on Saturday when you turn up at BristolCon. Membership fees are £35 for standard ones, and £25 for concessions and disabled.

Those who have prepaid registered memberships may collect their badges and programmes etc on Friday evening between 18:00 and 19:30 from our BristolCon registration desk at the hotel – don’t worry you can’t miss it!

Registration on Saturday will open at 09:00 for both registered members and those wishing to join. We will initially have a multiple queuing system, so please look for the signs as to which queue to join.

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Read at your own risk event: Heroes and Villains

October 15th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Read at your own risk event: Heroes and Villains

If you are in Bristol and at a lose end on Wednesday 16th October 7-30pm, why not pop into Max Minerva’s bookshop (39 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol BS6 7PY)?

Speculative fiction writer, Heather Child and comic book writer, Robin Etherington will be talking about Heroes and Villains as part of the shop’s Read at your Own Risk series of events.

More details can be found here. Event charge is £3.

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Colin Harvey – Above and Beyond

October 14th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Colin Harvey – Above and Beyond

One of the founding parents of BristolCon was Colin Harvey, who sadly passed away in 2011. He is much loved and missed by those who were there at the first BristolCons. It was therefore not surprising that Colin became our Ghost of Honour at the 2012 BristolCon. More about Colin can be found here.

As part of our 10th anniversary and as a thank you to Colin for helping to start BristolCon up, we will have charity boxes for donations to his beloved charity, Above and Beyond, which raises funds for Bristol city centre hospitals. They will be in Programme Rooms 1 and 2, and on the book swap table.

Donations up to £250 will be matched! Yes, up to £250 through the generosity of another donor, for which we are very grateful.

You could say our Ghost of Honour will be putting in an appearance at this year’s BristolCon, but it is fairer to say BristolCon is one of his many good legacies he left to the world.

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2019 – Programme

October 12th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · 1 Comment

Wow, we have a programme for BristolCon 2019. And what an exciting super-duper one it is.

Each year, the programme at BristolCon consists of two streams of panel discussions, a book launch usually in the middle of the day and a mass book signing where you can get your books signed by the participating authors. This year we have increased the small group sessions / workshop / kaffeeklatsch from the customary one stream to two streams – giving you the members an even wider choice of what to attend.

We are repeating our Open Mic event on Friday night, which will be hosted by the wonderful Bav and Simon at 8pm in Jurassic Park Lane (Programme Room 1).

Pre-con bookings for workshops / kaffeeklatsches / small group sessions will be limited to five people (out of normally 18) per session and three sessions per person. At-con bookings will open at 9am. See the relevant pages for instructions.

Please note that the programme may be subject to change.

Programme Room 1 – Jurassic Park Avenue

Programme Room 2 – Jedi Temple Suite

Small Group Sessions, Workshops & Kaffeeklatsches 1 – Cabot’s Cove

Small Group Sessions, Workshops & Kaffeeklatsches 2 – Raptor Penn

Other Programming

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Open Mic Evening on Friday Evening

October 10th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Open Mic Evening on Friday Evening

We are absolutely delighted to have the return to our Bristolcon convention of the popular Open Mic event on Friday evening, October 25th.

This will start at 8pm and finish when everyone who wants to has had a chance to read their piece. It will be in Panel Room 1 – Jurassic Park Lane and will be hosted by our very own Bav and Simon.

Please bring a piece of your own work to read, which can published or unpublished and should last about five minutes.

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An evening of Science Fiction with Peter F. Hamilton, Gareth L. Powell and Emma Newman at Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol

October 5th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on An evening of Science Fiction with Peter F. Hamilton, Gareth L. Powell and Emma Newman at Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol

Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol, are holding a literary science fiction event on Friday 8th November 7-30pm to 9-00pm, cost £3.

Peter F. Hamilton (Salvation Lost), Gareth Powell (Fleet Of Knives), and Emma Newman (Atlas Alone) explore the art of creating engaging, plausible and entertaining futures. The event will be chaired by Kristina Perez, author of the Sweet Black Waves trilogy.

The discussion will be followed by an Q&A and book signing – Peter Hamilton’s new novel Salvation Lost will have just been published on October 31st!

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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BristolCon Book Launch

September 30th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · 1 Comment

If all goes to plan (e.g. printing is to schedule) BristolCon will be hosting a book launch, which is so so suitable for our convention:

Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion II:

Planes, Trains and Automatons

It’s been five years since our first Bristol-themed steampunk anthology, Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion was if I remember correctly launched at BristolCon, so this is certainly a long-awaited sequel. There will be some returning authors and some new ones. The contents list can be found here.

It is especially pleasing as many of those involved have had long associations with BristolCon and it is lovely to see them return for out tenth anniversary convention.

And if you want a peek at the gorgeous cover, it can be seen here.

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