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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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Our Child of the Stars – Stephen Cox – Book Launch and Reading

January 31st, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Our Child of the Stars – Stephen Cox – Book Launch and Reading

Stephen Cox is Bristol-raised, started writing at the age of 49 and has had his debut novel Our Child of the Stars published this month by Jo Fletcher Books.

Our Child of the Stars is how Molly and Gene adopt an alien child, Cory, and their struggle to keep him safe, set to the backdrop of the Sixties.  On a larger scale, it is about loving a child who is different, war and peace, government truth and power and so on. Altogether, an uplifting tale of love and adventure.

The novel is also getting good reviews by the likes of Interzone, the Guardian, My Weekly…. yes you read the last entry correctly.

Stephen will be holding his Bristol-based book launch at Max Minerva’s, 39 North View, Westbury Park, Bristol, BS6 7PY, Tuesday 19th February at 7pm. Tickets for £5 can be bought directly from the bookshop or online here, and will include wine and nibbles.

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Wanted: Ideas for Panels, Workshops and Kaffeeklatsches

January 24th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Wanted: Ideas for Panels, Workshops and Kaffeeklatsches

Planning for BristolCon 2019 is underway… but we want your wonderful ideas and suggestions for science fiction or fantasy:
  • Panels – fun topics for discussion or the big questions searching for answers
  • Workshops – eager to run a workshop? – what is the topic?
  • Kaffeeklatsches – enthusiastic to lead a question and answer session, or a round the table chat or debate?
Send all your lovely suggestions to Dan at programme.bristolcon.org

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BristolCon 2019 is Go!

January 18th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · 1 Comment

Sadly, there have been recent reports of some smaller UK genre events having to be cancelled due to organiser illness or cashflow horrors. BristolCon is not one of these.

BristolCon is going to happen, so save the date: Saturday 26thOctober 2019.

It’s at the same place: Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, Bristol 

Guests of Honour are authors, Diane Duane and Gareth L. Powell, and artist Andy Bigwood

We are hoping to open the on-line booking shortly, so watch this space.

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Futures Far and Near: Gareth L. Powell and Heather Child in Conversation at Foyles, Cabot Circus

January 16th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on Futures Far and Near: Gareth L. Powell and Heather Child in Conversation at Foyles, Cabot Circus

Foyles, Cabot Circus, Bristol, are holding a literary science fiction event on 21st February 7-30pm to 9-00pm, cost £3.

It is to launch Gareth’s second Embers of War book, Fleet of Knives and the paperback version of Heather’s Everything About You. This is particularly pleasing as both authors are local to Bristol.

Gareth and Heather will be discussing their novels and the many different ways science fiction can  interact with and illuminate the world of today. Whether diving into the far futures of space opera or writing cautionary tales set just around the corner, both authors demonstrate the remarkable flexibility of the genre.

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 Fringe presents Mark Lewis and Peter F Hamilton

January 13th, 2019< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe presents Mark Lewis and Peter F Hamilton

For those doing a double-take, yes you did read the title right…

Monday, 21st January 2019, at The Gryphon (41 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AP). Doors at 7pm, with readings starting promptly at 7:30pm. The event usually finishes around 9pm to 9-30pm.

Mark Lewis has had over 25 short stories published, as well as several poems, and has had several scripts performed. He also regularly performs his own work at spoken word events, mainly in South West England but also Oxford, Brighton, London, Cardiff, Weston Super Mare and Paris. Mark is working on two novels, one is a Cyberpunk epic, the other a tale of conflicting alternate realities. Mark is a member of the Clockhouse London Writers and the British Fantasy Society. If you want to know more, check out the blog syntheticscribe.wordpress.com or Facebook page M M Lewis Writer

Peter F. Hamilton was born in the county of Rutland, UK, where he lived for fifty years before moving to Somerset with his family and a pair of very badly behaved Burmese cats. He sold his first professional story to Fear magazine in 1987, and subsequently began work on his first novel Mindstar Rising, the start of the futuristic Greg Mandel detective series. Since then his books have primarily been Space Operas, including The Night’s Dawn trilogy, the Commonwealth Saga, the Void trilogy, as well as several stand-alone books and short story collections. In 2015 he published The Secret Throne, the first of The Queen Of Dreams, a children’s fantasy trilogy, which featured his own children in lead roles, which was an attempted bribe to get them to read more. He is currently writing another science fiction trilogy called Salvation, the second of which, Salvation Lost, will be published in September / October 2019.

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.

All welcome.

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BristolCon Fringe presents Pete Sutton and Piotr Świetlik

December 16th, 2018< by Rosie Oliver --> · Comments Off on BristolCon Fringe presents Pete Sutton and Piotr Świetlik

Tomorrow, Monday 17th December 2018, at The Gryphon (41 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AP). Doors at 7pm, with readings starting promptly at 7:30pm. The event usually finishes around 9pm to 9-30pm.

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.

Pete Sutton: has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He’s had stuff published, online and in book form, including a short story collection called A Tiding of Magpies (Shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award 2017) and the novel Sick City Syndrome. He wrote all about Fishponds for the Naked Guide to Bristol and has made more money from non-fiction than he has from fiction and wonders if that means the gods of publishing are trying to tell him something. Pete is a member of the North Bristol Writers.

Pete’s latest book: Seven Deadly Swords is available from Grimbold Books. On Twitter he’s @suttope

Piotr Świetlik: was born and bred in the Silesian City of Chorzów, Poland. For over a decade now, he’s been a citizen of the lovely town of Frome, where he is busy working on his first novel. His stories appeared in ‘Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion’ from Wizard’s Tower Press, ‘Kraken Rises’ from Angry Robot, on 365 Tomorrows and most recently in ‘This Twisted Earth’ anthology.

He is half-responsible for the Final Frontier weekly radio show that runs on FromeFM, and the man behind psytrance project ‘Firefly’. He is also the creator of the Sphere role-play game and is currently working on an educational board game for kids. One of his stories has been compared to Roger Zelazny’s work, which set his ego loose on the world. He’s still searching for it.

You can find out more about him on www.piotrkswietlik.wordpress.com

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BristolCon 2018 Reports  

December 2nd, 2018< by MEG --> · Comments Off on BristolCon 2018 Reports  

Was BristolCon really a month ago? Sure was! There have been so many lovely reports that we thought we would share links to them…

https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/126560414/posts/420
https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/75616978/posts/393
https://writingandcoe.co.uk/bristolcon-2018/
https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2018/10/31/authoring-annals-bristolcon-2018-brainfluffblogauthoringannals-3-bristolcon2018report/
https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/143853475/posts/1031
https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/133030947/posts/3809
https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/93352333/posts/1452
https://thomaswrightson.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/at-bristolcon-2018-edition/
http://fantasy-faction.com/2018/a-newbies-first-sff-con-aka-bristolcon-confidential
https://fantasy-hive.co.uk/2018/11/bristolcon-2018-convention-report/
https://jasonwhittleblogs.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/bristolcon-2018/
https://writingandcoe.co.uk/bristolcon-2018/

 If you want to add a link to a report to this list, please let us know by sending them to Website@bristolcon.org

Thank you to all those who participated, helped behind the scenes or for just coming along. Without any of you, this convention would not have been the success that it was or added to its reputation of being the ‘Friendly Convention’. See you next year on October 26th for our tenth anniversary convention.

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HappySad

October 28th, 2018< by MEG --> · Comments Off on HappySad

The end of the convention each year is always a happy/sad time. Happy because we have had such a wonderful time, we’ve met new people, and welcomed visitors from as far afield as Holland, Finland – even Australia (waves to Alicia). Sad because it’s over for another year.

Our deepest thanks go to our Guests of Honour Andrew Skilleter, Joanne Hall, and Dave Hutchinson  who chatted with fans, shared their stories and also helped with tear-down! This is why we love making BristolCon happen.

If you share your own experiences on social media, please send us a link to your blog/website/links and we will produce a collection to inform those poor souls who were unable to attend, and the people who are thinking of joining us in the future. We really do appreciate your feedback and build it into making an even better event next time.

Thank you, and see you next year.

– Chairman MEG

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