Guess Who Game – Last Call

Question by Horia Varlan on flickr

In order for our Entertainments Coordinator Janice (MissMarkey) to prepare the icebreaker game, she will need to receive all entries by the end of Wednesday. Entries received after this time will not be included in the game, so you have just 24 hours left to fill in the entry form if you haven’t already done so.

Janice promises us that the game is nothing to be afraid of – just answer some simple questions about yourself and Janice will use them to create a social game involving all of us, which should help break the ice all around.

If you still need encouragement to join in, there will be some fantastic and fun prizes on offer. To complete your entry form just click here.


Sunday Release Walk

Walking by o5com

This year’s Sunday morning release walk comes in two flavours – a short walk for those who wish to avoid steps or simply don’t wish or are unable to walk too far and a longer walk taking in all of the main sights that Colchester has to offer. The full route will include the Hole in the Wall, Castle Park, Colchester Castle and St. Botolph’s Priory.

In addition our Entertainment Coordinator MissMarkey has planned a unique and ambitious event for all walkers called the Domino Rally flashmob. Start collecting your hardback books (any size) to help make this event as good as it possibly can be.

The walk will end with options for Sunday lunch led by some of the local BookCrossers.

For more information on the release walk and flashmob visit the new Unconvention webpage all about it which can also be accessed via the Schedule menu link at the top of every page.

Guess Who Game

Question by Horia Varlan on flickr

Our Entertainments Coordinator MissMarkey has devised some brand new games and entertainment for this year’s Unconvention. The fun and games will be kicking off with a brand new event to break the ice on Friday evening and to make it work we need your help.

Visit the Guess Who Game page to fill in some simple questions about yourself – you can choose whether to complete all or just some of the questions but we would like as many people present as possible to fill in as many questions as they can. Based on your answers, MissMarkey will create a unique competition to fit the people who will be there for the Unconvention Friday night.

You must be planning to be present on Friday night to fill in the quiz, but if you are then don’t hesitate – visit the Guess Who Game page now and send in your responses.

Telephone Box Libraries

The Feering Telephone Box – picture by ardachy

For those who are unable to make it to the Little Bentley phone box, but would still like the phone box library experience, we have some great news. Our intrepid local members of the committee karen07814 and ardachy have been busy finding alternative options that can be visited during the weekend.

The Feering telephone box book exchange has been visited by ardachy who described it as being in a lovely spot with a great selection of books.

Another box can be found at Wix and has been visited by karen07814 who described it as ‘a good one’ – it’s the perfect choice for any arachnophobes as there are no spiders!

For more information about all of the local telephone box libraries (and in fact many much further afield) visit the following blog.


The Bookbag Game

Read on for a message from our Entertainment Coordinator MissMarkey.

The Bookbag Game

(Not to be confused with the Bookswap Game)

Taking place on Saturday at 15:45 in Slackspace.

If you think you would like to play this fun and frenzied game all you need is 1 or 2 books from any of the listed genres plus 1 or 2 individual BookCrossing items e.g  a couple of labels, a bookmark or two, a rarely sighted these days BC release bag etc. etc.










Murder Mystery



Popular Fiction

Non Fiction

All books should be labelled.

The more people that take part the more fun we will have!

And did I mention chocolate? Oh, yes, there will be CHOCOLATE too!

Not So Secret Update!

Gift by project hotsauce on flickr

Big thanks to vekiki for stepping in to organise this year’s Unconvention Not So Secret (NSS) gift giving. Equal thanks to katisha50 whose offer to help came just slightly too late, but is nevertheless just as appreciated.

Our organiser vekiki has set the closing date to sign up for this year’s event as Monday 6th August, so if you haven’t already signed up to take part and want to participate you have just over a week to do so.

If you are attending the Unconvention and are interested in taking part in the NSS, please go to the Shop page and ‘purchase’ an NSS entry – don’t worry it doesn’t cost anything! If you are not attending, you can still take part by joining the international postal NSS, parcels to be opened on the Unconvention Saturday – see vekiki‘s very informative post on the BookCrossing forums if you want more details. If you wish to be involved with this please PM vekiki with your details as indicated on the forum.

Happy gift giving everyone!

Not So Secret!

Gift by project hotsauce on flickr

As it is just over two months to go until the Unconvention (how exciting!) it’s time to start thinking about the Not So Secret gift giving (NSS) and the committee are now looking for a volunteer to organise this event.

We will provide a list of attendees who have signed up for the NSS and the information they have given us about their wishlists and preferences. The volunteer will then need to make sure everyone has somebody to give to (and someone who is going to give to them) and let people know who their recipient is. We will let the organiser decide whether they also want to open the NSS up to non-attendees in the form of a postal gift which could be opened on the weekend of the Uncon.

If you want to take part in the NSS and have not already signed up you can do so in the shop. If you would like to volunteer to organise the event please either PM me or use the Contact Us page to contact the chair.

Call for raffle prizes!

Raffle tickets by alykat on flickr

A very popular feature of last year’s event was the Unconvention raffle. The fantastic range of prizes which we were able to offer were thanks in large part to kind donations from BookCrossers.

We would love to have another brilliant raffle this year and are now on the lookout for prize items. Not everything has to be book related and you do not need to provide an entire prize – it could be a bookmark, a selection of goodies from your home town, an unwanted gift, a themed book collection, something handmade or anything which you thing someone else may want to receive. Remember ticket holders can select which raffle prizes to put their tickets into so there is no need to try to think of something that everyone would like.

We need to know everything that is being offered so that we can put the items together into themed prizes and ensure that a suitable book is included in each prize. If you have any items which you would like to offer for use in a raffle prize, please contact me either by using the Contact Us page to contact the Chair of the committee or by PMing pingucb on BookCrossing.


Meal Reservations

Dinner by KellBailey on flickr

If you wish to join the traditional Saturday evening social meal at the end of the main day’s events, there are two new areas of the website which you may wish to visit.

Firstly, we have a new Saturday Evening Meals page where you can find out about the four ‘official’ meal options. In each of these restaurants we have booked a table of 20 specifically for BookCrossers and other attendees at the event. Table numbers are limited following discussion with each restaurant so that they can provide the best service possible for the BookCrossers and other guests on that night.

As there are only 20 seats available per restaurant you also have the option to reserve a seat in advance – simply head to the Reservations section of the shop, select your preferred meal option, add your BookCrossing name when requested and your seat will be secure. Any seats not already booked up will be offered in the usual way on a first come first served basis during Friday night and Saturday morning of the weekend.


Red phone box library

Red Phone Box Library by ardachybc on flickr

We are very pleased to announce that you can now sign up to join an optional add-on trip on Sunday afternoon after the main Unconvention weekend draws to a close.

At around 2pm a group of local BookCrossers will be leading attendees on a visit to the red phone box library/book swap in the nearby village of Little Bentley. This phone box was turned into a local book swapping zone after the parish council purchased it from BT for just £1 following its decommission.

Car sharing will be available (for a nominal donation towards fuel on the day) for those who do not have their own transport or who just prefer to travel as part of the larger group. Although this is a free to access item, we do ask that you ‘purchase‘ it from the Unconvention shop prior to the big weekend.

For more information on this event please visit the red phone box library webpage.