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FantasyCon / Re: Thoughts/queries about author readings at Fantasycon 2012
« on: September 14, 2012, 12:04:19 pm »
Since I've just been made aware of this thread, I thought I should put the Committee position personally. This close to the convention we're all swamped with the actual running of the event, but there are clearly questions and some mistaken assumptions here. First and foremost, 2011 and 2012 were run independently of the BFS, although on their behalf and with their permission. The 2011 team, along with WHC 2013 team, stepped in this year when the previous organisers couldn't continue, and took over on short notice.

The readiings can happily be allocated on a first come, first served basis in years where demand doesn't exceed room space - before last year's convention this was usually the case, at least with FCON (and I have been involved in several FantasyCons).  Last year, and this year, demand has far outstripped space available in the hotel. We attempted using Bar Rogue for 'some' of the excess requests last year but this wasn't entirely successful as the readings impeded access to the launches going on in the next room - we had complaints from readers and launches alike, after the event, although thankfully few. What we did last year, and this, was look at requests, programming commitments of panellists etc, and - something we cannot ignore - space available to us. Demand was high, right from the start, and we had requests way over our actual ability to facilitate them. Lou Morgan was in charge of taking requests, but final decisions lay with the organisers - and we did our best to make a fair and representative list. At no time have we said the list was being run on a first come first served basis. The FantasyCon 2012 site does say that registering for the convention does not guarantee a reading slot. In view of the high demand, it just wasn't possible to include everyone - but we did our best to make the list as varied and inclusive as possible. Inevitably some people have been disappointed, but we can't force more readings into non-existent space, however much we would have liked to.

A full schedule will go on the FantasyCon site very soon now, we're all working as hard as we can to finalise details in time for the event. We all hope people enjoy the convention.

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British Fantasy Awards / Awards Showcase 2008
« on: June 14, 2008, 02:20:19 pm »
The British Fantasy Society is pleased to announce the 2008 Awards Showcase.

The event will take place on Saturday, 19th July 2008, from 2pm at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AA
Nearest Tube: Temple (0.3 miles), Chancery Lane (0.4 miles), Blackfriars (0.4 miles)
British Rail: City Thameslink (0.3 miles), Blackfriars (0.4 miles), Farringdon (0.6 miles)

The event is open to BFS Members and non-members alike, all welcome.

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Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Lack of News
« on: January 17, 2008, 11:25:12 am »
Hi David,

To answer the point re: the Open Night and Basil Copper launch - I'm afraid we couldn't put news up on site until we received the press release from Stephen Jones. Steve had to coordinate who was attending etc., and I only got the press release two days ago. This was sent to our webmaster, and will be going online any time now. I agree that ideally news of an event should be announced earlier, but given the amount of organising necessary behind the scenes for this one, it was impossible.

Regards,

Marie

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Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Lack of News
« on: December 06, 2007, 11:14:38 am »
Hi David,

Sorry for the delay - I haven't had much chance to get to the boards again lately. As Lee and Peter have told you, we are planning revising online content so that there is an online version of PRism that will complement, not replace, the existing print version - and over the coming months there will be more regular updates, a DH section, more archival material - we are trying to maximise our use of the BFS' online presence, and hope people will like what they see :)

Best wishes,

Marie

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Announcements and Suggestions / Re: FantasyCon 2008: details?
« on: December 06, 2007, 11:11:25 am »
Hi,

Lee and Vicky have just brought this to my attention. As you say, we have day jobs, but the reason for the delay in posting such details isn't that, but the amount of work that has been going on behind the scenes. For a start, we did look at another hotel to see if it would be a better option, but that has proved unproductive, so the dates remain 19-21st September 2008 at the existing venue, The Britannia in Nottingham. Similarly, we've been looking at rates/Guests/etc, and have therefore been unable to post details until we'd fully discussed and agreed things within the FantasyCon Committee  - negotiations on Guests are still going on, but we will be posting details of our first confirmed Guest, plus next year's rates etc. in the next few days, both here, on the news page of the main BFS site, and on the FantasyCon site. Details will also go out whenever news is available via our email newsfeed. I appreciate that this was offline for some weeks whilst a new system was being installed and configured, but it is now back up and running.

With regards to advertising - again, details of the long list are routinely sent out to many online genre news resources when they're available, as is the case with the short list and eventual winners. If you know of a resource you think we've missed, then please - let someone on Committee know contact details and it will be added to the list.

I hope I've answered some concerns - and also explained the reason for the delay in posting 2008's details. Next week should see both sites being updated with the relevant information, and more Guest details should follow by the end of the year.

Best wishes,

Marie O'Regan

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Announcements and Suggestions / Re: Lack of News
« on: November 23, 2007, 06:17:34 pm »
Hi All,

Sorry not to have noticed this thread before, but as Lee has pointed out, real life and day jobs can be very demanding.

I can only apologise for the lack of updates recently. We have in fact discussed this, and been advised that our webmaster has been in the process of migrating servers - not only for the BFS and FantasyCon sites - but for a number of other sites he deals with. And that's on top of his day job. I have been assured that updates are imminent, and procedures are being put in place to enable a number of the committee to post news, not just Peter - so please bear with us for just a little while longer, and things should improve dramatically on both sites. Both sites are due for quite substantial updates as soon as possible.

Point taken on the FantasyCon site, the same explanation applies - and updates should be posted very soon. The dates for next year are 19-21 September at the same venue, the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham - Guests still being arranged so will be announced as soon as possible.

Our members are very important to us, and we do try to visit the Forum when we can - but if something is urgent, please email the relevant Committee member, even if it's only to direct them to a Forum thread they may not have had time to check on.

The next mailing is due to go out before Christmas, and there is of course the Christmas Open Night on 7th December, upstairs at Ye Olde Cock Tavern, Fleet Street, London (details are elsewhere on the site) - all of this will be posted on site properly very shortly.

Again, I can only apologise - circumstances have prevented an update recently, but normal service will be resumed shortly - and yes, that does mean regular updates :)


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TV and Film / Re: horror films
« on: October 23, 2007, 06:19:48 pm »
I saw the Halloween remake recently, and absolutely hated it. Not one sympathetic character, Michael Myers is reduced to the product of a broken home, and is played by an ex-WWF wrestler. Huge plot holes, terrible dialogue... I really loved the original movie, so found this a huge disappointment.

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British Fantasy Awards / Re: BFS Awards 2007 Recommendations listing
« on: June 08, 2007, 11:40:57 am »
Coming in a bit late on all this, sorry, I try and get to the boards when I can, but it's not always possible.

To clarify here, the entire membership is entitled to recommend anything any member deems worthy of an award, specifically via the recommendation form but throughout the year, too. All recommendations are received, and then put on the site and sent out to members - this is the 'long list', as has been said. The membership then votes on the long list to decide the eventual winner in each category*. To be eligible, material must have been pubished in the quailfying year, in this case 2006.

I agree it's a very long 'long list', and very few members, if any, would have the time to read everything on it - both time and money become a factor in being able to do so.  I would hope that members wouldn't vote for something that they hadn't read, although of course this is impossible to police, but rather would vote for what they perceive to be the 'best' (or their favourite, if you prefer that term) out of what they have read in each category. It's not compulsory to vote in categories where you know nothing of the material, of course.  The top five in each category then become the Nominees and this is information is released - the one with the most votes in each category out of the nominees is, of course, announced as the winner at the British Fantasy Awards Ceremony at FantasyCon.

I know, from my own point of view, that I recommend what I think is good enough, and once the long list is out, I try and read as much and as widely as I can in time for the second vote, and vote for what I think is best out of that. I think that's the best anyone can do, and the resulting vote is a fair reflection of the voting membership's opinions. It's up to each member to make their voice heard by voting.

*The caveat to the above, of course, is the Karl Edward Wagner Award which - although open to recommendations from the entire membership - is awarded by, and thus voted on by, the Committee. And also the Sydney J. Bounds Award, which is awarded by a panel consisting of representatives of the Bounds Estate, and of the British Fantasy Society Committee - as the award is administered by both the BFS and the Bounds Estate, and funded by the Bounds Estate.

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Introductions / Re: Introduce yourself...
« on: March 11, 2007, 12:00:18 pm »
Nah, Paul and I will be there too, Troo :)

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BFS Events / Re: March Open Night - accommodation
« on: February 27, 2007, 03:21:55 pm »
Another good site for hotels is www.smoothhound.co.uk - loads of B and B's and hotels, in all price ranges.

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General Discussion / Request from the BBC
« on: January 26, 2007, 03:42:01 pm »
How did a British Film change your life? Next summer BBC Two will be screening a landmark series about the history of British film and you can be part of the story.


Did you customise your mini just like Michael Caine?s, run off to a Greek island after seeing Shirley Valentine or fall for Shakespeare along with Paltrow and Fiennes?


We are looking to interview members of the public who watched any of the major British films listed below on their cinematic release and have a great story to tell;

Brief Encounter
Shirley Valentine
My Beautiful Launderette
Doctor in the House
Sliding Doors
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Lawrence of Arabia
Shakespeare in Love
Gandhi
Room With A View
Chariots of Fire
Shaun of the Dead
The Wicker Man
Don?t Look Now
A Clockwork Orange
The Dam Busters
Zulu
A Matter of Life and Death
   In Which We Serve
The Bridge on the River Kwai
The Third Man
Get Carter
Goldfinger
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
The Italian Job
Monty Python?s Life of Brian
A Fish Called Wanda
Let George Do It
Withnail & I
Bend It Like Beckham
Kes
The Full Monty
Trainspotting
If
A Taste of Honey





If you saw any of these films and can come to BBC Manchester to talk enthusiastically about them, we?d like to hear from you.

Please contact us on britishfilmforever@bbc.co.uk or telephone us on 0161 244 3617 and if your story is suitable for our programme we will get in touch.

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BFS Publications / Re: BFS Celebration book
« on: January 07, 2007, 03:19:03 pm »
Thanks Gary, glad you enjoyed it - we thoroughly enjoyed putting the book together, and were delighted to be able to include so many excellent writers :)

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BFS Events / Re: 2006 Open Nights
« on: November 06, 2006, 11:55:08 pm »
Yep, Chris, 8th December at the Devereux....Alex rang to check with the pub manager today, and we're all set. See you there :)

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Promote Your Projects / Re: Michael Marshall Smith
« on: October 21, 2006, 12:51:53 pm »
It is Kingsley Amis - see http://www.whc2007.org/mms-qanda01.htm

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Other Media / Re: Best Short Stories?
« on: October 09, 2006, 11:37:20 am »
I think my own all-time favourite is Clive Barker's "In The Hills, The Cities", a tale where the inhabitants of two villages do battle by joining together to become two "giants", towers of writhing, joined bodies doing battle. "The Inhuman Condition" by Clive Barker is another favourite, and finally, probably, "The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet" by Stephen King - cheating a bit here as it's novella length, I think.

I can't end without mentioning a story that I read when I was nine, and has stayed with me ever since - "The Monkey's Paw", by W.W. Jacobs.

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