If anyone took any photos at the weekend that they wouldn't mind being shared on our various social media channels please let me know. Obviously please make sure the people in said photos don't mind their image being put out on the interwebs too.

I'd also like to get one or two photos up on the website if that's possible hesadevil

My weekend write up...

The second (and final) installment of my write up of this weekend can be found here.


I'll be making some little banners for contributors and attendees at some point soon as usual.

WriterconUK first day!

Cross posted to monthlydiaryday my first day experience is here.

We're Go!

We're in the bar....


Route to the hotel

When you arrive at Coventry station - if you do - you may notice they are digging up most of the area. Google Maps does not yet know this; nor, I suspect, do most SatNavs. Hence this post.

If you are arriving by train the hotel is about ten/eleven minutes' walk away. You can take a taxi - there is a rank right outside the station.

If you want to walk, the simplest route is to leave the station and walk round it, keeping the buildings on your left until you are facing the track and a big red fence. Turn right at this point and walk parallel to the tracks, going under the road bridge and beyond, out into a car park. You will spot a retail park in front of you, and a high-level walkway which crosses the railway above you (not the railway, the walkway. Duh) and has a staircase by American Golf Shop. (Why American? Search me.)

I think there's a pat under the high-level walkway, or you may need to go up the stairs. In any case you turn right at that point and aim for Westminster Road.

You turn left onto Westminster Road, right onto Regent's Street and left onto Queen's Road. The hotel is a couple of hundred yards further down, opposite a row of shops and restaurants.


Map Station to Ramada

The map has grey alternative routes.

If you are coming by car from the south, you need to arrive in Cov via the A45, and stay on it until you reach the traffic lights which offer you the choice of Kenilworth to your left or Earlsdon and City Centre to your right. Turn right. Stay on the road right down to the city centre, or as near as you can get, which is currently a gawd-awful mess of road works. Stay in the left lane after the Central Six roundabout. The lane becomes a slip road onto the Inner Ring Road. Hug the left side, and ignore all temptation to join the ring road. It veers off again to the left; you then take each left turn you can until you arrive at the hotel. The car park is on your left, just beyond the hotel. You take a ticket and the hotel reception will validate it for you when you want to leave. Conference parking is all free of charge.

If you are coming from the north, follow signs to the City Centre and get onto the Inner Ring Road. Try to go anti-clockwise and leave at the IKEA Plaza exit. (Yes, that is a Thing.) Then take the third exit at the roundabout, towards the Butts, and then left to Queen's Road.

Good luck. It takes a brave soul to venture on the Ring Road. If all else fails, text, tweet or FB one of us and we'll send out a search party.

Looking forward to seeing you! It will all be worth it, I promise!

Cosplay Dinner

After a tongue in cheek conversation with wildecate we are thinking of cosplaying to the Satuday night dinner. When I mentioned this to enchantersnight and so_shhy they wanted in too so I thought I'd open up the idea of a cosplay dinner.

Obviously (especially given there's only a few days left to go before the event) it's not mandatory but I thought I'd ask and see if anyone else wanted to join in the silliness.

Any takers?

Writercon UK 2014 - Friday's Programme!!

As I type this I am really very excited about next weekend and have been working on the programme - the Friday night, so you know what the details are, is as follows:

18:45 Welcome to Writercon 2014! Official Opening and Greeting, plus... Goody Bags! Introductions! Quiz from Kazzy_Cee!
20:30  Dinner in the hotel (not included in membership price)
22:00  Cocktails - It's a magical place! As in previous years, a special cocktail menu will be available at the bar – and it’s just for us!

I look forward to seeing everyone there!

Quick update

I went to meet the hotel team last week. Our lovely Susie has moved on and Andrew has retired for good; instead Sian and Jyoti will be looking after us.

Sian asked if people who have booked rooms at the Ramada could email her so she can make sure you are getting the right rate - especially if you had trouble convincing the hotel in the past!

Cocktails will be available on Friday evening as well as Saturday, for those who want them.

Apparently the break-out area is now the "Executive Lounge"! The rooms are now named after clouds, BTW, so no more Hillman Hunter or Daimler. Sad.

Any questions about the hotel or the weekend, comment here and we'll try to get back to you asap.

Looking forward to next weekend!

Pimp Your Fandom - Final Call

Final call to give a little 5 minute talk about one of your fandoms and why it is so awesome.

Remember, it can be any fandom and your presentation can take any format you like. Powerpoint presentation, mime, interpretive dance, sung aria, whatever takes your fancy

So far the following fandoms are being presented

Welcome to Night Vale
Ice Hockey RPF
Mysterious Cities of Gold

Come on, you know you want to join in the fun! Comment here with your fandom of choice

(And be thankful I'm not talking about Marvel - I could fill an hour just talking about the movieverse and not even getting into the comics)

Raffle & Reminder

Getting closer folks!

Just 2 quick things from your committee;

Thing One. Don't forget to pay, if you haven't already done so. Not sure if you've paid or not? Just ask and I'll check my list for you.

Thing Two. The raffle. If you haven't been before, there is a raffle on Sunday morning - any prizes gratefully received whether these are fandom related things you don't want any more, a promise to make something, a silly thing, the traditional bottle of booze... anything! But don't worry - we won't throw you out if you don't contribute - but the more things on the table the merrier.


It's nearly time to go to Coventry!

The quiz has been completed *waggles eyebrows*

Now I am sorting out the art show.  Please can anyone point me towards any artwork from your fandoms (I have most covered, but it's always helpful to have more).  The artwork that works best is usually designed to be used as wallpapers - but manips work well too.

Thanks in advance!

Pimp Your Fandom - 2nd call

Thanks to those who have signed up to Pimp Your Fandom. We need at least a couple more people in order for it to be worth running so if you were thinking about it jump on in.

To clarify it doesn't HAVE to be a rare or obscure fandom. If you want to talk about Buffy, Merlin, Doctor Who etc that is totally fine. What makes the fandom fun for you might be new to someone else.

If you'd like to join in then please drop a comment here


Pimp Your Fandom!

So, those of you who are regulars know that my content usually involves encouraging audience discussion in whichever topic I have picked.

This year I am going for something a little more interactive and I need your help.

I am going to be running Pimp Your Fandom which is an opportunity for everyone to share a little something about one of their fandoms that the rest of us might not be familiar with.

How you do this is entirely up to you. You can just stand and talk, you can use props, you can do an interpretive dance, anything goes really.

But to have an idea of what sort of timeslot this needs I'd like to get an idea of who will be participating as well as which fandom you will be pimping so we don't have any duplicates.

Just drop a wee comment in the box with your name and the fandom you want to pimp.


It's a poll for the quiz!!

Not long to go now until we are in Coventry so it's time for me to start thinking about the quiz!

Below the cut are many and various fandoms (in no particular order!).  Your job (should you choose to accept it... oh wait - I forgot that franchise! - add if you want it!) is to click as many buttons as you want.  If I've left out your favourite fandom please say so in comments and feel free to add as many as you want.

The quiz will consist of as many fandoms as we can come up with, but be aware I will go with the majority votes for the various fandoms as it's only fair that we all have a chance to answer something, so if there's only one vote for something the likelihood is that it won't be in the quiz.

Last year we had a mixture of audio questions (theme tunes etc), visual clues and general knowledge questions related to fandom. This year there will be answer sheets for each group to make life a bit easier for marking, and the questions will be numbered, but if anyone else wants more of something (or less of something) that I had as part of the quiz, then please let me know.  Comment are screened so you can be as honest as you want (I won't be offended).

Please pimp so that everyone who is coming has a chance to contribute.

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A Plea From Your Treasurer...

This is a plea as the treasurer of the UK WriterCon group!

If you are thinking of coming to meet up in Coventry in September, but haven't quite decided, could you possible let me/us know that you are a possible?

This is because we have to start buying goody-bag stuff - and I need a rough idea of how many of each (new and exciting) thing to buy!

Also we need a rough idea of how many people to organise the sweeties for... It would be terrible if we underestimated and ran out.

So - if you've been meaning to sign up, but not quite got around for it - here is the sign-up post; you don't have to pay right away, either.

And if you just want to say 'I might be coming', leave a comment here, or send me a message or whatever works for you.

And finally; hobbituk says she will be driving up from somewhere in the Greater London area (you'll have to ask her where - I'm a bit vague about it I fear), and will happily give anyone* who contacts her a lift.

*Well - until her car is full, anyway!

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