Calling All Crafters!

Knitting by tsuacctnt on flickr

The time has come again to ask all the crafty BookCrossers out there to get out their knitting needles and crochet hooks, paints and pastels, or whatever their preferred medium may be. We are asking for handmade contributions for attendee goodie bags.

Lsat year we had a great variety of items which were really well received by the attendees in Nottingham – everything from leather bookmarks to bead earrings and handwritten postcards to mini ballycumbers.  There’s something rather wonderful about opening your goodie bag to find a hand crafted item from another BookCrosser.

If you wish to contribute to this project please ensure you include your BookCrossing name on your item in some way so that the lucky recipient knows who to thank. If you are planning to take part please contact me (Chair – pingucb) using the Contact Us form or PM to pingucb. Alternatively simply comment on this post. I will need to know what you are planning to bring and roughly how many items you will be making – we won’t hold you to it but it helps us to plan and make sure no one misses out.

We will also need to receive your items in time for packing up the goodie bags on Friday afternoon. Let us know if you are not going to arrive by then and we can work out a way to get them to one of the committee in advance of the weekend.

Bank Account

Cash by Images_of_Money on flickr

We are very pleased to be able to tell you that our bank account has finally been set up and made official by the bank!

This means that when you checkout an item in the shop you will have three options for payment:

  • PayPal – our preferred option as it is the easiest and quickest for us to process. When you check out with this option you will be taken straight to our PayPal page. NB. You do not need a PayPal account to use this option.
  • Bank Transfer – you will be provided with the appropriate codes to enable this once you have checked an item out using this option.
  • Cheque – you will be given instructions on what to do next after you have checked out an item using this option.

Please remember that PayPal is our preferred option and can be used by anyone with or without a PayPal account. Happy shopping!


Crafty Competition

Badges by msmornington on flickr

To keep you busy in the run up to the Unconvention weekend, we are offering up a crafty competition.

The committee challenge you to make the best Unconvention name badge that you can using any material you wish – the more eccentric and decorative the better!

The only rule is that they must incorporate your BookCrossing name and must be worn by you during the Unconvention weekend. If you are entering the competition please let one of the committee members know during registration at the event and we will get a photo of your badge.

We had some fantastic entries for the hat-making competition in Nottingham last year, so we hope to see just as many wonderful badges in Colchester. Don’t worry if you aren’t the crafty type – we are still planning on having the traditional Uncon name badges for all attendees as well!

The best badge and runner-up (as judged by the committee) will each win a fantastic prize.

Payment Options

Cash by Images_of_Money on flickr

If you are purchasing items from the shop you will see that there is currently only an option to pay via PayPal. However, this does not mean that you need to have a PayPal account to make a purchase – the payments go via PayPal into our Unconvention PayPal account, but from the buyer’s end the payment can be made using either their own PayPal account or a debit or credit card.

We are hoping soon to be able to enable options for direct bank transfer or cheque payments, but at the moment we do not have the final go ahead on our physical bank account for these payments to go into. As soon as the bank confirm that the account is available we will activate these options on the site and let you know, so if you are keen to use one of these options keep an eye on the news stories or sign up for our email news updates by entering your email address into the Subscribe box at the bottom of this webpage.

Tickets & Merchandise

Click on the Tickets & Merchandise link at the top of every page (and also in the centre of the home page) and it will take you to our brand new shop. The shop is the place to go for everything from buying your tickets for the weekend to signing up for the Not So Secret gift giving.

Keep an eye on the news stories for details of new items as they are added to the shop – over the next few weeks we are hoping to add a variety of merchandise items and additional add-on events.

Hover over the Tickets & Merchandise link at the top of every page and you will see the following list of options:

  • My account – if you have not already done so you can set up an account for future purchases. Please use your BookCrossing name as your username for the site so that we can link your purchases back to you NB. if you are a non-BookCrosser or are purchasing for someone else you will have an opportunity to indicate this using the Order Notes on the Checkout page. If you have already made a purchase, the My Account page will show you a list of your recent orders.
  • Cart – this is the place to go to see what items you are buying but have not yet checked out. You can also see a total value for the items you are purchasing.
  • Checkout – you must checkout any items that  you select or your purchase is incomplete and they will not be assigned to you. At the checkout page you will be prompted to open an account if you have not already done so. Towards the top right of this page you will see an Order Notes box – this is the place to indicate details such as if you are buying items for another BookCrosser or have inadvertently used a username which does not match your BookCrossing name.

Whatever part of the purchasing process you are using, if you have any problems or questions at all please feel free to Contact Us.


Introducing Roman Bally!

Roman Bally

The Uncon committee are very excited to introduce you to our latest member – Roman Bally!

As a member of the Roman literati and used to reading everything on scrolls, Roman Bally is thrilled to be involved with an event where he gets to see books, books and more books.

Roman Bally will be the mascot for the 2012 Unconvention in Colchester and you will start to see him here, there and everywhere in the run up to the big event in September.

We hope you love him as much as we do.


Web building by B.Garry on flickr

Welcome to the brand new website for the 2012 BCUK Uncon!  This will be our primary means of communication about anything and everything relating to this year’s event.

You can use the website to find out where we are planning to go, what we plan to do when we get there, who will be there with you, how much it all costs and when it will all happen!

If you have any comments about the website or suggestions for things that are missing then feel free to Contact Us or comment on this post.

Huge thanks to GaryJ for creating another fantastic website for us to use! Looking forward sending you loads of news over the coming months.