Some people have watched too much Monty Python. (Photo by Annie Catling)
Ah, lovely BristolCon. People often comment that it’s small but perfectly formed (which is true) but it should be pointed out that it’s also very well run. And let’s not forget that there’s free tea, coffee and water for everyone ALL DAY. How civilised is that!
I did my first BristolCon last year and remember that at the time I had just gone out on submission so it was really striking to actually be involved in the programme this year.
My first ever workshop on Getting Unstuck (for writers) was fully booked and went really well. Thanks to all those who turned up* and best of luck with your projects!
Not everyone who came to my reading was as well dressed as the person on the left.(Photo by Dave Bradley)
Was also lovely to see so many newcomers at the con. I hope they all enjoyed their day. It was particularly gratifying to see people who had come to our panel on Interactions being brave later in the day.
I’m often proud of Emma but it was especially brilliant to see her being guest of honour (and kudos to Gareth Powell for running such a good interview).
Good to see old friends too. Massive thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make the convention a success. I’ll be definitely going back next year, hope to see you there!
Zen and the art of chips with Anne Lyle. (Photo by Annie Catling)
*I'd love to know if you were able to move forward with your WIP's. Come find me on twitter and let me know. I'm runpetewrite there.
If you’d like to come see me during BristolCon (or if you want to know where to avoid) this is where I’ll be:
12.00 – 12.45: Interactions. Conventions like Bristolcon are a great place to meet and chat with people you might previously have only been fans of, but sometimes that can be nerve-racking. Our panellists are here to convince you that writers are (often shy) people too, and we’re all fans of somebody! (Programme Room 2)
with John Baverstock (Mod), Claire M Hutt, Jaine Fenn, Peter Newman, David Gullen
12.50 – 12.55: Reading (Programme Room 2)
16.00 – 16.45: Getting Unstuck. A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or established, at chapter 1 or 100: so long as you have a project you can bring to the group, we can try to help you move forward with it. (Summit 1)
I’m particularly excited about this one but be warned it’s limited to 9 people. 5 places can be booked in advance by emailing programme [at] bristolcon.org. The other 4 are booked on the day. First come, first served!
18.00 – Writing Non-Human Characters. What are the challenges in writing aliens, robots, fairies and other non-human characters in F&SF? How do you get inside their heads and make them convincing? (Programme Room 1)
with Peter Newman (Mod), Cavan Scott, Pete Sutton, Amanda Kear (Dr Bob), Kim Lakin-Smith