Bally Hood: Hunting Books

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

Last Call for Payments!

This is a reminder that the closing date for receipt of registration payments is Friday 16th September.

Registration for the event is now closed but, for those who have registered but not yet made payment, you have just 5 working days left to send us your £15 registration fee or you will be unable to attend the event.

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

All About footymadgill


I joined Bookcrossing in June 2009.  I had always left my books on hotel bookshelves and wondered where they would end up then   I heard about book crossing while reading a book called “How I lived on a pound a day”.    It was more towards the end of 2009 that I really got interest in Bookcrossing and now you can’t keep me off it!

This will be my first Uncon and I am apprehensive but excited.  I am looking forward to meeting some old friends but as a newbie I am looking forward to making lots more!  I have been registering books for release and checking wishlists to see if I can grant any of these…I have a few surprises!

Outside of bookcrossing, my hobbies include reading, film watching and Zumba.  I have just signed myself up for the Zumbathon to be held at Alexandra Palace in October, raising funds for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Cure Cancer and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Promise fund.  It seemed a good idea at the time but I am now thinking, why?

My other main loves are my cats.   I have Jess who is a ginger female (15 yrs), Fletch who is a black boy (13 yrs) and Fletch’s sister Biscuit who is a torty female (13 yrs).    I do voluntary work with Croydon Cats Protection where I hold a stall at the bazaar and a stall at their homing day.  All of my cats are from Cats Protection.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Two Weeks To Go!

Two by on Flickr

We now have just two weeks to go until the 2011 UK BookCrossing Unconvention in Nottingham!! Are you getting excited yet?

The committee are busy finalising raffle prizes, organising goodie bags and confirming details with all of our speakers.

If you want to come to Nottingham and haven’t yet registered for the event then you have just one day left to do so!! Get straight to the Register page if you don’t want to miss out on the UK BookCrossing event of the year.

Look forward to seeing you all in Nottingham.

All About Ardachy


Hi I’m Trevor. I joined Bookcrossing in April 2006 when I was living on the Black Isle in Scotland and discovered the ‘Books on Bens’ webpage that swan-scot had going. ‘Ardachy’ was the name of the Bed and Breakfast I ran with my wife and I started by releasing books in our guest rooms and local beauty spots. I loved the way that BookCrossing integrated my three interests which were reading, walking and photography.

In 2008 we moved back to East Anglia for family reasons and I became even more active, attending my first BC Convention in Amsterdam and my first UnCon in Swindon. I help manage a number of OBCZs in the Colchester area and regularly attend meet-ups with other BookCrossers. I started Essex BookCrossing and BookCrossing Around Colchester and volunteered as a Region Manager. I also became a member of the BookCrossing team on Kiva which you will probably see me promoting at the UnCon.

My preparations for the UnCon mainly revolve round my roles as Region Manager and Kiva Team Captain but I am also looking forward to meeting old friends like swan-scot and getting to know BookCrossers I have not met before. Having recently taken 1700 books to a festival in Colchester, together with karen07814 and others, I look forward to seeing even more books at the UnCon.

Surprisingly, I do have time for other interests and these include walking, cycling, politics and real ale ( not necessarily in that order! ) and I can be found at various places on the internet including twitter as @ardachybc.

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.

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!!