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Thursday, April 21st, 2016
6:59 pm
Join online
You can now book for the convention online at Redemption’s website:

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
10:55 pm
RIP Gareth Thomas
Sad to report that Blake's 7 lead actor (and Redemption 01 guest) Gareth Thomas passed away today from heart failure, aged 71.
12:10 am
Hotel booking links and mobile browsers
Regrettably, the hotel’s checked with the central reservations team and this can’t be fixed in the short term – right now, they will only work from a desktop browser.
Sunday, April 10th, 2016
3:47 pm
Redemption website
Please be aware/reminded that Redemption’s website is now at http://www.redemptioncon.org.uk, and update any bookmarks accordingly. The prior sites do still exist, but this is the one that will be updated from here on in.
Sunday, March 27th, 2016
11:07 am
Announcing Redemption 17's first two guests

Dr Lynette Nusbacher is a writer and historian, with many books to her name as well as being a familiar contributor to many military history TV documentary series. A re-enactor and fencer as well as longtime genre fan, she was previously Senior Lecturer in War Studies at Sandhurst, and has genre work to come.

Steve Lycett is a producer with Sheffield-based videogame developer, Sumo Digital. Over the past decade, Sumo have developed games in the F1, Outrun, Sonic & Sega, and Virtua Tennis series, as well as the Doctor Who Adventure Games. His most recent titles include Crackdown 3 and Dead Island 2.

Those are our first two guests, but stay tuned, as there will be others over the coming summer.
Saturday, March 26th, 2016
2:48 pm
Video programme? Film and TV festival!
Something being tweaked and revamped for Red 17 will be what used to be called the Video Programme, and you could now sort of think of as a Film and TV Festival.

Back in the day, convention video proragmmes used two serve two main functions: 1) to screen old stuff that was fondly remembered but nobody had seen for years, and, 2) to screen new stuff that hadn’t yet aired outside the US.

Times have changed, and now all those old favourites are on DVD, Blu-Ray, or Youtube, and the newest unaired stuff is shared online pretty much instantly. Therefore the focus of screenings at conventions, including Redemption, has to change with the times.

We’ve already been concentrating on films or shows that may mark an anniversary or something like that, but for Red 17 we want to go further, and make the screenings more interactive: We want to have introductory talks (as with the Conrad Veidt strand at Red15), perhaps live commentaries or MiSTing, and even-

Well, you tell us. We do have plans, and there are some anniversaries to be marked, and some introductions focussed on the works of Red 17′s Ghost of Honour (Basil Rathbone), but we’d also like to hear your suggestions for things we might show, and what you’d like us to do with them. Is there something you’d love to comment through or introduce? Something special that deserves an airing? Something that works better with a live audience than it does alone in front of the TV? Drop us a line or a comment, and let us know.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
2:57 pm
And another
And now - provisionally and subject to work commitments, etc - Redemption 17has a second guest….
Sunday, March 20th, 2016
9:25 pm
Red 17 has...
Its first guest.
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
3:16 pm
Redemption has a new home
Finally it's time! Redemption has a new home.

For 2017, we'll be welcoming you to the Royal Victoria Hotel in Sheffield. Dating from 1862, the hotel has a lovely ballroom for the main hall, exclusive bars, and 13 programme rooms ready fpr the fun, fantasy, and innovation you've come to expect from Redemption.

There 107 individual (and they're all slightly different) bedrooms - with an overflow hotel - a Holiday Inn Express -next door. The service, which the Committee experienced on a recent visit, was excellent.

It is a little smaller, and we will have exclusive use of the entire building, but this means booking earlier will be advisable if you want to be sure of being in the main hotel. All their twin and single rooms have two double beds, BTW. The rooms will be around £75 B&B (with some variations for overflow and occupancy).

With so much programming space, we're planning plenty of stuff to do, both old favourites and new. Don't be afraid to suggest ideas.

And if you're at Nine Worlds next month, feel free to come along to our table and say hello.
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
12:39 pm

Look to my coming on the first light… at dawn look to the social media.

Expect good news!
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
4:24 pm
RIP Tanith Lee
Sad to report that fantasy writer, Blake's 7 scripter, and former Redemption guest Tanith Lee has passed.

Sunday, April 5th, 2015
5:04 pm
Blake's 7 Wobblevision
At this year's Redemption, it was the turn of Big Finish to get the Blake's 7 Wobblevision treatment, starting with 1.1 Fractures:

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
9:59 pm
On the fencing
What *is* the activation code for the Emergency Holographic Fencing Jack-Of-All-Trades, again?

There’s been a slight change to the SCA part of Redemption - the morning fencing session will now start with Lorenzo And Girolamo’s Mythbladesters, in which I (and some glamourous assistants (if I can get any - and let me say I really hope Lynette is still up for this - we can talk longsword about Star Wars quillions) will do some practical demo stuff about the difference between media swordfights/choreography, how it would go down historically, and how groups such as the SCA and HEMA societies are doing stuff with it as a study and a sport.

This should both follow on nicely from my Fight Choreography For Writers item the hour before, and blend nicely into our SCA fencing. There will then be stuff about armoured combat in the second hour, and then both fencing and armoured demos in the afternoon…

If you're wondering what the "Fight Choreography for Writers" thing is - here's a rundown of what it consisted of at Red 13. http://lonemagpie.livejournal.com/765296.html It's a discussion, not a workshop or demo.
1:32 pm
7:55 am
Wen site problems
We are having some web site problems. The Redemption site went down shortly before midnight last night when there was little we could do about it. The problem is being investigated this morning and we'll keep you updated.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
10:06 pm
Slashing the Detectives
We have a panel called Slashing the Detectives at 2pm on Sunday that could do with another person. Basically looking at slash pairings in detective shows, from Bodie and Doyle to Scott and Bailey, from Holmes and Watson to Batman and Robin. Anyone interested?
2:59 pm
Books and films panel
I am still looking for a volunteer to be on a panel called "What books make good films" at 10pm on the Saturday. Any takers?
12:44 am
12:38 am
Our second progress report was posted out today, and it is available on line at:

Monday, February 16th, 2015
7:40 am
Music quiz
Just to let everyone know, the music quiz will take place on Sunday from 11am to 1pm. Thank you to Neil for stepping in to rescue this.
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