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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.
Sunday, February 15th, 2015
11:26 am
Potential train problem
There has been a landslip between Leamington Spa and Banbury that means replacement buses will run between these stations for the next few weeks. This may affect some people travelling to Coventry. More details here: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/90845.aspx
10:57 am
Thalia Evans
Those who downloaded the programme may have already spotted this. Thalia Evans will be joining us on Sunday. She is a web artist best known for Sonic The Comic Online, and it’s a great pleasure to welcome her as a guest on our programme on Sunday.
Saturday, February 14th, 2015
11:03 am
Emergency panel replacement
Due to a late cancellation, I need a volunteer to be on a panel called "What books make good films" at 10pm on the Saturday. Any takers?
Friday, February 13th, 2015
12:32 pm
Auction item
Our guest of honour Dave Lally has kindly donated an unusual item for the Redemption charity auction, which will be held on the Sunday afternoon.

Remember the 1973 Wicker Man film, well what will be on offer is a piece of one the legs. Dave describes it as such:

"It's merely a small piece of charred wood -what makes it special however are the 4 p/copies (A4) of the B+W pics taken by me (Feb 1980) on TWM site (Burrow Head, Dumfries +Galloway). One is one of me below the then remains (like a "/\") of the legs on the headland (all now gone) -bits of which I of course took away. (I left most of it there-others years later, took the rest away). Anyone who watches the film will immediately recognise the sites. The 4 A4 p/copies are incl in the prize plus a certificate from me (well known in TWM circles) attesting to the wood's authenticity."
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
11:39 pm
Redemption 15 programme
The programme book for Redemption 15 is on its way to the printers, but you can download a PDF of it here:


This will be my last Redemption programme as I've decided to step down from the Redemption committee. I was one of the founding members of Redemption and have been on the committee since the very first one in 1999. Since then, I've also ran the programme for two of the Eastercons. As such, I feel I need a rest from con running. Plus, I've been doing the programme for a long time now and I think it is time to give someone else a go and bring in some fresh ideas.

I'd like to thank all of the members for the help they have given me in doing the programme over the years, because without the volunteers and ideas from members, the programme just would not have happened. I also wish my successor, whoever that might be, all the best and I look forward to enjoying the programme they produce for 2017.
Monday, February 9th, 2015
7:48 am
Emergency panel replacement
I have an urgent need for panellists at 10pm on Friday for "It's shit but I like it". This is a bit of a fun panel. Basically it is looking at shows that most people think are shite but have redeeming features that mean some people like them. From my PoV, Star Maidens would be a good example. It many ways it is totally rubbish, but I really enjoyed it. It is a fun bun-throwing session of people defending and criticising shows. Any volunteers?
Sunday, February 8th, 2015
1:22 pm
Flyers table
There will be a flyers table at Redemption for members to publicise their own events, societies or merchandise, so feel free to use. It will be in the dealers room.
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
6:28 pm
We could do with some more items for the Saturday afternoon Zocalo. For those who haven't been before, this is like a street market type thing in the dealers room on Saturday afternoon. So we are looking for people who can run a silly game or a stall, or maybe do some fortune telling, or something similar.
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