NewCon 5

NewCon 5

Inläggav Sheriffen » ons 24 dec 2008, 23:42

Jag fick just en julhälsning från Ian och i ebrevet fanns en julklapp som jag vidarebefordrar till forumet:

http://www.newcon5.com/

Och den julklappen, mina vänner, ska ni absolut inte missa, även om ni inte får den förrän i september 2009!

God fortsättning och Gott Nytt År,
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Inläggav Sheriffen » tor 25 dec 2008, 02:08

Jo, alltså, liksom, typ.

Jag kan förstås inte undanhålla er vad kommittén har valt för motiv
för att illustrera fredagkvällens barbesök inför NewCon 4:

http://www.newcon5.com/page/NewCon-4.aspx

Till vänster i bild, med ryggen mot kameran, sitter min gode vän, den oförliknelige Ian Watson.

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Inläggav Sheriffen » tor 25 dec 2008, 02:38

Äsch, det där var dålig stil. Jag ska väl tala om vilka de andra på fotot är också. Vi börjar från början. Alltså, till vänster i bild, med ryggen mot kameran, författaren och redaktören Ian Watson. Bredvid honom den skotske författaren Ken MacLeod och pratar med honom gör författaren och redaktören Ian Whates. Ian och Ian samarbetar ofta och tillverkar sf-antologier och kallas för Little Ian (Watson) och Big Ian (Whates).

Alla dessa tre är helt upprikigt bland de trevligaste och mest förekommande och intressanta människor jag träffat i fandom. Vi umgicks mycket under NewCon 4 och jag ser storligen fram emot att få träffa dem alla igen under NewCon 5, och förhoppningsvis även före dess.

Det blev förresten en bra om än lite vemodig - eftersom allt så snart skulle vara över - avrundning på kongressen när just vi fyra åt frukost tillsammans på måndagmorgonen, strax innan vi alla skulle försvinna åt olika håll.

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Inläggav Sheriffen » mån 09 feb 2009, 10:47

Här kommer en jävligt tråkig nyhet:

"Dear Everyone,

Regretfully we're obliged to postpone Newcon5 (26-27 Sept 2009) until 2010
at a date yet to be fixed. The reason is venue. In January the
Northampton Arts Collective, which runs the Fishmarket owned by the
Borough Council, announced that they were pulling out of managing the
magical space where we held Newcon4 as of the end of March 2009 due to
lack of sufficient ongoing funds for maintenance and staffing. The
current level of sponsorship simply wasn't enough; no fault of the
sponsors themselves.

Naturally this sent shock-waves through Northampton, since the Fishmarket
had only been refurbished last year to the tune of about £150,000 of
capital grant. Reportedly the leader of the Borough Council impetuously
declared, "Right, we'll bulldoze it," leading to much adverse media
publicity and attempts to save the Fishmarket, including a proposed
consortium of the boutique traders and resident artists.

At a meeting at the very end of January 2009, the Borough Council proposed
that the Northampton Arts Collective should continue managing the
Fishmarket, backed by a professional appraisal of their business plan as a
matter of urgency, and perhaps by making available adjoining empty
properties, which could be refurbished out of available capital money, so
that the NAC could rent out the ground floors of these commercially to
provide ongoing income.

We've been told it's 65% likely, off the cuff, that this rescue package,
which the NAC welcome, will go ahead and that the Fishmarket will continue
flourishing. However, this mightn't become certain for some while yet.

We held off putting membership registration info on the Newcon5 website
while all this remained up in the air. Since it's still somewhat up in
the air, we don't feel, in all fairness to prospective members of the
convention and its guests, that we should proceed while there's a
one-third chance that the venue mightn't be available. Nor do we feel
inclined to shift the venue to the almost adjoining Park Hotel where
function space is much more expensive, and within melancholy eyesight of
Paradise Lost (as it were). Nor could we expect from a hotel the level of
invaluable co-operation and assistance that the Northampton Arts
Collective gave us before and during Newcon4.

Also, because of the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings (to shift
from Milton to Wordsworth for the moment) regarding Newcon4 which prompted
us to declare Newcon5 for September 2009, we left ourselves rather less
time to publicise and carry out our membership drive at conventions than
is strictly desirable; and this time has been eaten into further by the
uncertainty regarding the venue.

Accordingly we feel it's much wiser to postpone for a year, and we hope
that within just a few months the future of the Fishmarket will be secure,
so that we can guarantee 100% that Paradise Regained will be the home of
Newcon5 in 2010, for which we'll have well over a year's lead-time to
prepare. Meanwhile we'll keep the website up.

Ian Watson & Ian Whates
Co-chairs, Newcon5"

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Inläggav Sheriffen » sön 22 feb 2009, 10:49

NewCon 5


On Wednesday 18th February, your stalwart co-chairs Messrs Watson and Whates (Big Ian and Little Ian to friends such as yourselves) embarked on a mission of discovery to Northampton’s Park Inn Hotel.


They are pleased to report that all the hotel’s rooms have been completely renovated and now even boast such essentials as safes and plasma screen televisions!


In addition, the entire place has undergone a general facelift, with carpets replaced and various areas such as the restaurant redesigned and spruced up.


Most pleasingly of all, the hotel can provide sufficient and suitably flexible conference rooms and space to comfortably house a convention such as ours. They would even be willing to let us source and arrange delivery of our own choice of real ales – a prospect which has been known to send other establishments into paroxysms of terror and non-cooperation (Fantasycon, take note).


The hotel already has a commitment to a number of conventions in 2010, and we still have to negotiate dates and… ahem, prices, but it does look as if, should the Fishmarket sadly fail to survive, we will still have a venue at which to welcome you all to a glorious NewCon 5 in 2010.


We shall of course keep you informed as events progress.


In the meantime, should any of you be dismayed at the thought of being deprived of the NewCon spirit for so long, never fear!!! We have the answer for you. Peruse the following pages and you will discover literary delights freshly minted by NewCon Press and guaranteed to tide you over until NewCon ‘the event’ is once more upon us…


Your ever considerate chairmen,


Big Ian and Little Ian
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