Saturday Evening Meals

Dinner by KellBailey on flickr

We are hoping that, in the tradition of previous Unconventions, a lot of the attendees at the event will want to come out on Saturday evening for a group meal.

This is a great opportunity to relax and spend some social time with a group of BookCrossers outside of the sometimes hectic events of the Unconvention itself.

To this end, our local contact has arranged provisional bookings at four fantastic Nottingham restaurants, all within an easy walk of The Britannia Hotel.

We have a great selection for you, from an Italian restaurant / bar to a tandoori kitchen and from a traditional pub / restaurant to an ‘all you can eat’ Chinese with Brazilian Spitroast barbecue.

We hope there’s something in there to suit all tastes! If you want to find out more, visit our dedicated Saturday Evening Meals page.

Ballycumber Competition Reminder

Ballycumber by Diamondlucy on flickr

With just under three weeks to go until the main event, you still have time to create an entry for our Make A Ballycumber competition.

We are asking for the best creative interpretations of ‘Make A Ballycumber’ whether they be in woodwork, metalwork, sewing, knitting, cooking, painting or something else we haven’t even thought of! Bring your entries along to the Unconvention weekend where we hope to have a table full of handmade Ballycumber creations to entertain and enthrall us!

The winning entry (as decided by the judging panel on Saturday afternoon) will be presented with a prize at the end of the Saturday events so get creative and surprise us!

Blanket Squares

Knitting by tsuacctnt on flickr

This is the last call for knitted or crocheted squares for the Nottingham Raffle Blankets! If you would like to make a contribution to this very exciting project you have until 16th September to get your squares to beebarf.

Every knitted or crocheted square provided will help to create one of two entirely individual BookCrossing and Bally themed blankets – one for adults and another for children. These will be two of the shining stars amongst a fabulous selection of raffle prizes – the lucky winners will each be taking a unique souvenir of the Nottingham Unconvention home with them.

To find out more visit the Raffle Blanket page or contact beebarf via PM. And of course a big thankyou to everyone who has already been hard at work with their knitting needles and crochet hooks!!

Last Call to Register!

Image by Andreanna Moya Photography on Flickr

This is a reminder that the last date to register for the 2011 BCUK Unconvention in Nottingham is Saturday 10th September 2011.

If you wish to attend the event, but have not yet registered, you have just one week left to secure your place before registration closes at 11pm next Saturday.

Don’t miss out on the biggest UK BookCrossing event of the year!!

Three Weeks To Go!

Three by i_yudai on Flickr

Things are getting very exciting now with just three weeks to go until the Nottingham Unconvention!

The committee are hard at work finalising all the finer details to make the weekend as special as we can for all of the attendees. We hope you’re all looking forward to it as much as we are.

If you haven’t yet registered or ordered your merchandise, don’t forget that the cut-off dates are 5th September for merchandise orders and 10th September to register to attend the event.

Look forward to seeing you in Nottingham!

Official Book Release Zone

Wild Release by Gadl on flickr

We now have an official release zone for the Nottingham Unconvention.

If you are bringing (or posting) books up to Nottingham for release at the Uncon, you can now release them to the zone in Nottingham called BCUK Unconvention 2011 which you can view here. In order to use the zone, you will need to create a Wild Release as a controlled release will only allow you to release to Nottingham generally (unless someone can tell me how to do it differently!?)

Remember you are able to schedule releases, so you can start preparing your books for Nottingham in advance and setting them up for release on the day you plan on arriving.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of books appearing on the new release zone soon!!

Last Chance to Purchase Merchandise!

Embroidered Bally Hood

This is a reminder that the last opportunity to place orders for official BCUK Nottingham Unconvention merchandise is next Monday, 5th September, with final payments for all ordered items required by the end of the same day.

Visit the Merchandise page for full details of the items available – polo shirts, beanie hats and tote bags.

Don’t miss the opportunity to purchase a unique souvenir of the Nottingham Unconvention in 2011!

Sunday Release Walk

Photo by shining.darkness

On Sunday morning a gentle, mostly flat, release walk will take in some of the sights of central Nottingham.

We will be starting off with some lions, will see a footballing legend, goggle at several buildings with literary connections, pass through an historic churchyard (or two) and end up at the legendary Robin Hood statue in the shadow of Nottingham Castle (only 5 minutes from The Britannia hotel).

In conjunction with the release walk, there will be an I-spy Treasure Hunt, consisting of around 25 observational clues based on what we pass by, with a prize for the team who get the most answers correct.

The total distance of the walk will be about 1 and half miles (2.25 km) at a very leisurely pace taking around 75-90 minutes.

At the end of the walk, there are various options for lunch before we all disperse to head home. Near to the Robin Hood statue there are several pubs including Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem where Sunday roasts are served, or it is only a short walk back to the centre of the city where there are plenty of other establishments.

Questions For Authors

Question by Foxymoron on Flickr

Each of the authors who will be speaking to us during the Unconvention weekend has been asked to allow time during their presentation for questions from the audience. They are also all happy to include discussion on topics which our attendees are most interested in hearing about.

To kick things off we thought it would be useful for the authors to have some of your questions or topics of interest to think about in advance. So if you have a particular question for one (or all) of our authors or a topic that you want them to touch on in their presentation let us know using the comments on this news post or via the Contact Us page and we will pass on all responses to the authors.

As a reminder, the three confirmed authors for the event are Stephen Booth, writer of a thrilling series of mystery novels set in the Peak District, Catherine Cooper, writer of fantasy novels that appeal to all ages and a series of stories about a particularly adventurous schoolboy and Eve Makis, writer of books focused around family life making use of her influences from Cyprus.

Payment Confirmations

Just a quick note for anyone who may be waiting for confirmation of a payment for either registration or merchandise orders. We apologise to all those who have paid for an item but not yet heard that their payment has been received and we appreciate how frustrating and worrying this could be.

Our aim is to let you know we have received your payment as soon as we know. However, we are limited by the restrictions on the Uncon bank account which mean the balance can only be checked in person by our treasurer and payments can only be 100% confirmed when the bank statement arrives. Unfortunately this means that there is sometimes a delay in letting you know that your money has been securely received.

In addition to this, our treasurer will not be available to check payments  over the next 8 days, so please bear with us as there will be no updates to payments received until after next weekend (5th September 2011).

If you are concerned about a payment that you have sent, please do continue to get in touch via the Contact Us page as it will help us to identify any transactions that may need further investigation.