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Bristolcon 2017

For those of you who don't know Bristolcon is a small but perfectly formed SFF convention that is always warm, smoothly run, and is so civilised it has free tea and coffee and water available for everyone all day! It's on Saturday the 28th October, and if you're in the area, it's well worth a look.

Here's what I'm doing :

9.30 (The Brickout* room)
My First Con. 
New to conventions? Theo Graham and I are on hand to answer questions, give advice and generally help you get the most out of your day.

11.00 (Room 1)
Guest of honour interview – Jen Williams. Come join me in celebrating the awesomeness that is Jen. This is going to be an interactive session where the audience will get the chance to show how much they know about the GoH. Swearing likely.

12.00 (Room 2)
She Infodumped Me
Tabletop roleplayers complain about games which have pages and pages of lore and history, aka: several centuries of stuff happened, which you and the other characters weren’t involved with. How do authors and game designers balance creating a complex realistic world with the need to avoid information overload in the reader?

Juliet E McKenna (M), Jacey Bedford, Peter Newman, Ellen Crosháin, Dyrk Ashton

2.00 (Snug)
Getting Unstuck Workshop
Getting Unstuck: A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.

(There are signups online and at the desk on the day)

The full programme is here.

 

*I'm not sure what a brickout room is for, but it sounds interesting.

Bristolcon 2013

I’ve wanted to go to Bristolcon for a while now but have been cruelly denied by work for the last two years. So it was a real delight to be able to go to the 2013’s event.

There was a full programme and I was impressed with how tightly organised the whole thing was. All the panels seemed to run to time and the staff were both efficient and approachable throughout. I’m gradually starting to understand how much time, love and effort goes into these things so a big thank you to everyone who helped make it work.

Some quick highlights:

-Listening to readings by Philip Reeve*, Mary Robinette Kowal** and Ian Whates***

-Fanboying at Philip and Mary

-Getting to meet Gareth (and Becky) Powell in a non-digital format

-Chatting quite a lot about roleplaying with David Roger and hearing about the legendary ‘day of meat’. (Apologies to our third musketeer, I didn’t log your name but did appreciate your love of Zelazny!)

-Listening to Mark Buckingham spectacularly fail to list all of his current projects in 30 seconds (he has a lot on!)

-The spontaneous cheer when Emma was announced as one of next year’s guests of honour

All in all it was a lovely event and I will definitely be going back.

 

*Who is a thoroughly lovely chap. I’d happily take him home for tea.

**Who is just as cool on panels as she is on podcasts. I’d happily have her over for tea too.

***Who remains one of the nicest men in the world. What the hell, I’d have him over for tea as well!