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Friday, January 6th, 2017
9:40 pm
Red 17 Saturday Guest
We're also pleased to announce that one of our one-day guests, on the Saturday, will by film archivist/curator Miranda Gower-Qian. Miranda is an independent film programmer and MA graduate in film curation. Having studied under Professor Laura Mulvey, Miranda specialises in silent film curation as criticism and is particularly interested in the materiality - and intertextuality - of film. She has written about the significance and utilisation of the human body in deriving audience perception in silent film, something that she believes translates significantly to ideas about the fluidity of film through time and space. Hopeless cinephile and moustache enthusiast. She was also responsible for programming the Phoenix Cinema in East Finchley's first Silent Film Festival in July 2016, a festival planned to to continue this year.
9:32 pm
Red 17 pre-con PR
A quick note that there will be a postal PR for Redemption 17 at the end of this month, which will cover things like travel details to the venue, the membership list, and so on and so forth for convenience, though these will, of course also shortly be available online.
Thursday, December 22nd, 2016
12:08 am
Happy Gauda Prime Day
There is a new general Redemption conventions Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/redemptionconvention, and a Redemption 17 Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/494283660742777/

There will be a Christmas Blitz of fun stuff on there, and we encourage people to share and invite and generally talk to us there about the conventions.
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
10:51 pm
Website update, and Programme...
Redemption’s website will be updated tomorrow (November 10th) with Programming info and some other bits and bobs. In the meantime, here’s what you’ll need to know about the Ruler Of The Universe elections, far more important than mere terrestrial politics:

Ruler of the Universe – the current ruler, Oswin has turned into a tyrant under the control of an evil Grandmother-Regent! Can you inspire the populace to follow you in a uprising and resist her, negotiating your way to a safe and productive relationship with the rest of the universe? This time, however, you don’t need to go it alone - you can nominate a Champion to undertake the tasks for you, and even have a Squire/Henchperson/sacrificial goat if you wish... or recklessly go it alone, or declaring war and conquering worlds, if you prefer... You will need to demonstrate strategic skills, enthusiasm, cunning – (outright bribery) in a series of role play games, challenges and scenarios suited to you and you can nominate anyone on the team to take them. Your predecessors include Servalan, The Master and The Red Dalek so that should give you some idea of the level of er, expertise required.
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
12:33 am
Redemption credit card bookings.
Booking by credit card is now live on Redemtpion's website, at http://www.redemptioncon.org.uk
There is a charge of £3.50 for booking by cedit card, which uses Stripe.
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.
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