About GaryJ

Gary's primary role on the Uncon committee is that of Webmaster. He also runs the @BCUKUncon Twitter account, and various other social media accounts for the event.
Feel free to contact Gary about anything digital related to the 2011 Uncon.

Free Cuddle With Every Purchase!

A message From suedo, who will have a table at the Uncon:

Suedo Design will be making a special appearance at this year’s BCUK Unconvention.

Tie dye or plain dyed London 2008 T-shirts are available in small and medium. I also have original white T-shirts available. Take the opportunity to see these bright and funky T-shirts then buy one or order your own unique pattern. Sizes small, medium and large available in limited numbers.

All T-shirts are available at a special convention price of £7.

Also appearing will be a small selection of baby clothing; vests, sleepsuits and hats at the special convention price of £9 for vests or sleepsuits, and £3 for hats.

Check out more info and pictures on www.suedodesign.co.uk or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/suedodesign

In a further attempt to shamelessly exploit my son for commercial purposes I am offering a free cuddle with every purchase!

Who wouldn't want a cuddle from Luke?

Supply Store News

Here’s a short message from gingergeoff regarding the sales of the remaining UK Supply Store items following our previous update about it:

A quick update concerning the Supply sales at the Nottingham Uncon. BookCrossing have agreed to let me sell my remaining UK stock at the sale prices from earlier this year. Not only this, but I have also negotiated a 10% reduction and I’ll be giving away one pack of Taglines Bookplates for every £25 spent.

As an example, 25 Bookmarks are currently on the BC site for £6.08, I will be selling them for £3.85. 25 International Sticky notes are £2.41 on the site and I will be selling them for £0.55. All Bookplates (apart from Secret Lives & Econo) will be sold at £2.15 for 25 – these are no longer available on the US site.

A reminder that Geoff is scheduled to be doing these sales for just over an hour on Saturday morning, so

Want to volunteer?

If you want to let us know that you’re happy to be used as a volunteer for any tasks that the committee members feel would be useful during the Uncon event, please let us know via our Volunteer page.

We’ve had a couple of people offer their services already, and we’ve planned at least one task that they could help with, but it’s better for us to know who would be willing and not necessarily need them, than struggle through a lack of time, and find that lots of you could have helped out!

Thank you!

All About GaryJ

Gary / GaryJ

According to my GaryJ profile, I’ve been on BookCrossing since January 2006. That’s slightly misleading, as I’d been to the 2005 BCUK Unconvention in Birmingham as well as several local events before that, although I was known back then as Gazza1980. My other half (katie1980) was already signed up to BookCrossing in the hope of “being able to give away lots of books” (!) and I was just tagging along.

I’m not much of a book reader, probably only reading a 2-3 books a year (yes, a year), though once I get started on a book, it’s usually finished in a couple of days. I have no desire to start a new book, yet when I do, I’m often as excited as anyone to get to the end.

My favourite authors historically are Andy McNab and Chris Ryan (both for the SAS / covert operations stories), Dean Koontz (although some of his books don’t grab me), and various horror authors that get passed on after katie1980 has finished with them.

If I’m not an avid reader, why am I part of BookCrossing? Quite simply, it’s the social aspect for me. I’ve made good friends from BookCrossing (several attended our wedding) and I enjoy the atmosphere at the meets.

Some BookCrossing socials just can't be explained... (Uncon 2007, Brighton)

My interests lie in web development, which is handy considering that I work as a freelance web developer. It’s for this reason, having been disappointed with the websites and information communication from previous Uncons, that I volunteered myself for this year’s BCUK Uncon Committee as the role of webmaster to show how I think it could / should be done.

We’ve not been 100% perfect, but from the compliments we got when the site was launched and the ongoing feedback (and perhaps more importantly, the very few problems highlighted to us), I think it’s been successful. Everyone has access to the information from a variety of sources and media that suits them, and we’ve provided several methods of getting in touch with the committee.

The rest of the committee have done an excellent job with each of their different roles, and without skirting around the cliché, it’s been a real team effort to get everything organised. I have every confidence the event itself will go as smoothly as the planning has. If it doesn’t, you’ll find me in the corner, reading a book…

Tired Readers, by suedo283 on Flickr (Convention 2008, London)

Bally Hood: Hunting Books

An artwork in the style of Sin City showing Bally Hood in a forest hunting a book (Ballycumber)

Hotel Car Parking

Bad Parking, by xlibber on Flickr

A quick note regarding car parking for the hotel, after a query from an attendee.

The Britannia Nottingham hotel is located across from the St James’s Street NCP car park and discounts can be obtained by having your ticket validated at the Hotel reception immediately prior to departure. The discounted rate is £10, compared to £16.50, for 24 hours.

This information has now been added to the venue page.


As we’re just about a month away from the event, it’s time to start getting excited (if you’re not already, JemmaJ), and shout to everyone that you’re planning on attending!

Just as with other Unconventions, we’ve got our own banner / badge that you can add to your BookCrossing profile, website or any where else you fancy. The code is provided for you to copy and paste in, and there’s two versions – one that links back to this site, and one that doesn’t.

We’ve also taken the banners from previous events and re-worked them slightly so they are all now the same size. This makes them look much better on your profile; see GaryJ‘s profile for instance. The copy and paste code for these are also provided, and the images are hosted from this site so there’s less chance of them disappearing in the future.

Get your banners now!

International Payment Details

The SWIFT / BIC and IBAN details have been added to the payment page for those of you outside of the UK who need them.

For transactions less than £100, we pay no fees to receive money from non-UK banks, but please ensure that the amount we receive in GBP is at least the required cost for the items you are paying for. If it isn’t, we may ask you to make a top-up transaction before we can confirm your ticket, t-shirt, etc.

If you are paying an amount greater than £100 from a non-UK account, please contact us first so we can minimise fees for both parties.

The Attendees Discussion List

Screenshot of the top of the mailing list applicationIt’s useful for registered attendees to want to discuss things before and after an event – perhaps arranging lifts there, organising to share accommodation, pointing to photos of the event itself or even (often embarrassing) videos of the evening’s antics.

Previous Uncons have required people to create an account for Yahoo Groups, but that was seen as a barrier to some people – most people already have an email address, so why not just use that?

Well that’s exactly what we’ve done here – we’ve created a discussion list that all people who tick the “Subscribe to attendees@” option when registering are added to. Those people can send an email to attendees@bcukunconvention.co.uk and it will automatically be sent to all the other subscribers. They in turn can simply reply to the email and have that sent to everyone too.

This is a closed and public list.

It’s closed in that only registered attendees to the event will be included. Requests to subscribe by other people will be rejected. You can however unsubscribe at any point, automatically, via the link included at the bottom of every list mail.

It’s public, in that messages are available on a public archive, and there’s even an RSS feed, so please be vigilant about what you send to the list.

If you don’t want to subscribe, that’s fine – we won’t be disseminating any official information just via this list, though it may be copied to this list from other sources too. The only thing you’ll miss is the banter, and the chance to make new friends and renew old ones before meeting them at the Uncon itself!

Opening the site

As the site goes live, early visitors may be forgiven for thinking there isn’t much content or detail specific to the 2011 Unconvention event. And they’d be right.

However, once the vote has finished and we’ve tallied up the results to find our location for next year, we can start the process of getting the schedule and activities arranged, and giving that information to you.

When we’ve got something new to share, we’ll add it to the site and write a news post about it. If you add your email address to the Subscribe box in the bottom right of the site, then you’ll get news posts from us delivered straight to your inbox. If not, keep an eye out on the BookCrossing forums, the BCUK Mailing List, and our @BCUKUncon Twitter account for any news – we want to keep you informed of our progress.

If you need to contact any or all of the committee, then you can use the form on the contact page. In time, we’ll also let you know about the mailing list we’ll set up for registered attendees, so you can discuss your Uncon plans with all of us directly via email.