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.

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.

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!

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.


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!

Merchandise Update

Uncon Tote Bag

We have just had an update from our merchandise embroiderer that the last order date for merchandise has had to be put forward. As a result, all orders for merchandise must be received by 5th September at the latest. In addition, payment for ALL merchandise orders will need to be received by the end of the day on 5th September, or we cannot guarantee that the order will be placed with the embroiderer.

We have a range of exciting merchandise options available including polo shirts for £12, tote bags for £8 and beanie hats for £8, as well as additional options for personalisation and hats for children. Visit our dedicated Merchandise page for more details. If you have already ordered merchandise but not yet paid for it, you can find details of your payment options on the Payment page or make a direct PayPal Payment.
Don’t miss out on your chance to take some fantastic Bally Hood embroidered items home with you!