I spent Saturday legging it down to Bristol and back again.

No, I haven’t gone mad. I was attending the second annual Bristolcon but with a somewhat tighter schedule this year I decided to opt for the train reasoning this would allow me to not worry about tiredness, it was in no way prompted by a desire to drink. *Coughs*


It was great to see this small event effectively triple in size from last year. Smaller cons are often more pleasant – I think – than larger ones because you are in much closer proximity to the guests, it’s far less intimidating to talk to people than at a larger event where you can be overwhelmed by the numbers* and you don’t run into inevitable scheduling clashes that plague larger events. The panels themselves were nicely judged topics with a good range of panelists that provided entertaining discussion and got good audience involvement. I particularly enjoyed the Future Science and Fantastic worlds discussions.

Big thumbs up to the whole team at Bristolcon. Nice one.

It was great to catch up with friends like Gareth L Powell, Becky Powell, Gareth D Jones, Colin Harvey**, Sharon Kae Raemer and others. Murky Depths had a very good showing, and I had a chance to catch up with Terry before I shot off on the train back to London, a brief wave at Danie Ware on the Forbidden Planet stand, and have a chat with Kim Lakin-Smith (who was really nice, given I was probably quite quiet). Yes, I think we can count my first solo con as a success.

Now, if I can just get myself bold enough to put myself forward for a panel…

*I am quite shy in person.

** Colin has a new anthology out that launched at Bristolcon. It’s called Dark Spires and features work from the likes of Colin, Gareth L Powell, Roz Clarke and art work from Andy Bigwood.

About Neil

Father of three (but you can only see two), writer, digital boffin, reader, geek and probably some other stuff. Trapped behind a keyboard or chasing around after a four year old and a baby, somewhere in Wales.

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