And The Winner Is….

Congratulations to our winners!

The votes have been collected, counted, checked for duplicates and counted again and we are finally able to announce a winner!

The 2011 UK BookCrossing Unconvention will be held in…….


Congratulations to garibaldisghost for putting in the winning bid. Commiserations to two very worthy runners up in what turned out to be an extremely tight-run contest, with Nottingham winning by a margin of just a single vote.

Keep watching the website for more details about our newly-decided location and the associated venue and activities.

Let The Voting Begin!

Image by Alan Cleaver in flickr

The committee are very excited to announce that voting is now open to choose the location for the 2011 Unconvention!!

Three brilliant bids have been received from Colchester, Manchester and Nottingham and we think you’ll have a tough time trying to decide which one to go for.

To start the voting process, please visit Location Bids at the top of the page, where you’ll find general information about how to vote and about what is included in each of the bids as standard.

You can then navigate to each individual bid, either from the Location Bids tab at the top of the page (use the little green arrow) or from the links within the Location Bids main page.

Once you know which location you prefer, you will find the voting form on the right hand side of the Location Bids main page.

Voting will be open until 10pm on Sunday 12th December 2010, so don’t lose your chance to have your say and get voting now!!

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.

Nomination Update

Friends Meeting House

Due to unexpected price increases from the University of Manchester, the proposed venue for a 2011 Unconvention in Manchester has had to change.

The new venue is a Quaker meeting house, also in the centre of Manchester and in easy reach of similar facilities and activities to the University.

Good luck to all three of our bidders when voting begins!

Manchester Nomination

University of Manchester by Gene Hunt on Flickr

Just within the deadline, a last-minute nomination was received for Manchester over the weekend.

Thankyou to constantweader and gingergeoff for their bid, which offers a University based Unconvention, just 5-10 minutes from the centre of Manchester.

Manchester offers a wide range of activities from its thriving poetry scene to a trip down the famous Rusholme Curry Mile. Good luck to our third and final bidders!

Nottingham Nomination

Robin Hood by shining.darkness on Flickr

Our second nomination to host the 2011 Unconvention has been received for Nottingham.

Thanks to garibaldisghost for putting forward a city with links to both DH Lawrence and Lord Byron.

The central hotel venue lends itself to the possibility of everything from a tour of Nottingham Castle to a boat trip on the River Trent, in addition to the usual Uncon fun and games.

Good luck to our second bidders!

Colchester Nomination

Ghost Walks Possible

We’re really excited to have received our first official nomination to host the 2011 Unconvention. The Colchester bid, brought to us by ardachy and karen07814, promises a theatre venue within walking distance of a range of hotels, eateries and bookshops.

Colchester itself is the oldest recorded town in Britain, with a Roman wall, castle and priory and even the possibility of a night-time ghostly release walk! Good luck to our first bidders 🙂

The Entertainer

Although we don’t yet have a date or location, our Entertainments Coordinator MissMarkey is hard at work planning the entertainment and activities for the Uncon weekend.

We can’t promise fireworks, but, in addition to the usual competitions and release walks, there are rumours of everything from a scavenger hunt to a flashmob. This is shaping up to be the most action-packed Unconvention weekend to date. So hold on to your hats and watch this space for more details!!

Location Nominations

Where might the next Uncon be?

The committee are thrilled to have been contacted by three separate groups today who are all considering putting in bids to host the 2011 Unconvention. We’re hoping to have a varied selection of venues for voters to choose between, when the call for nominations closes on 28th November.

Page 1 of the Uncon

Thanks to AnglersRest‘s prompt actions, the domain name for the site got transferred over to point at the new site. Obviously very early days both design and content-wise, but the in-place pages should give an idea of the sort of content we want to make available for potential attendees.

All we need now is a location, a date, and some authors!