QUEER COMPANY 3 – another registration reminder

A final reminder that ‘early bird’ registrations for QUEER COMPANY 3 in Manchester will be ending on 30 September, so if you’d like to register at the discounted rate of £50 you will need to grab the opportunity quickly.

Details of how to register are to be found here, but if you have any difficulty with the form or any other questions we will be only too happy to hear from you – contact us by e-mail or in the comments below.

We’ll be announcing more details of our plans for the event through the winter, so watch this space (or one like it!) for information as and when it becomes available.

We’re still counting the days…

QUEER COMPANY 3 – registration reminder

Don’t forget that ‘early bird’ registrations for QUEER COMPANY 3 in Manchester will be ending on 30 September, so if you’d like to register at the discounted rate of £50 you will need to grab the opportunity quickly.

Details of how to register are to be found here, but if you have any difficulty with the form or any other questions we will be only too happy to hear from you – contact us by e-mail or in the comments below.

We’ll be announcing more details of our plans for the event through the winter, so watch this space (or one like it!) for information as it becomes available.

We’re counting the days…

Registrations are now open for QUEER COMPANY 3!

Registrations are now open for Queer Company 3, to be held in Manchester on 28 April 2018.

You can find all the details here on the Register as a Delegate page. The early bird Delegate rate is £50, which is available until 30 September.

We’d also be delighted if you’d like to register as a Dealer or a Sponsor. Details can be found on the Registration page.

Don’t forget that registering involves a two-step process! Pay your dosh via PayPal, and then complete the registration form. Either Fiona or Julie will email you to confirm.

That link again: Register as a Delegate! We’d love to see you there. ♥

Queer Company 2: the round-up

Queer Company iconIt’s taken a couple of days to pull the accounts together (and to shake off the Post-Con Crud), but we’re now in a position to reveal that we made a minuscule operating surplus on the event last weekend. (Less than £20, in fact.) Adding that to a couple of ad hoc donations and the £125 raised by the raffle means that we are in a position to donate a total of £250 to our chosen charities. We will therefore be sending £125 each to:

GALOP (http://www.galop.org.uk/), the LGBT+ charity for those who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse, and which also supports lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system, and

Opening Doors London (http://openingdoorslondon.org.uk/), which is the biggest charity providing information and support services with and for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* people in the UK.

Once again, we’d like to thank everyone who contributed by making donations and buying raffle tickets; as the saying goes, ‘every little helps’.

Finally, and because it got lost in the shuffle at the end of a very full day on Saturday – for which we can only apologise – we would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the sponsors who so kindly supported the event: Sue Brown/UK Gay Romance, Chris Ethan, our friends at Two Marshmallows (who helped to pay for the booklet printing) and of course the awesome Clever Baggers who donated those spectacular purple giveaway totes. This literally wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions all of you made, and we want you to know how very much we – and our chosen causes – appreciate your generosity.

And now, we’re all going to lie down in a darkened room until it’s time to start hunting for a venue for Queer Company 3 …

The programme for Queer Company 2!

We’re absolutely delighted by how the programme for Queer Company 2 has pulled together, and we’re very grateful to all the people who are a part of it. ♥

This one-day event will run from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. on Saturday 5 November 2015, at the Jam Factory in Oxford.

10.00 Welcome; Registrations; General Melee

Please make your way to the registration desk in the Large Gallery, where we will be waiting for you.

10.30 Session 1: How much reality do we want in our fiction?

Alex Beecroft will be chairing this panel, ably supported by panellists Charlie Cochrane and Chris Quinton.

All formal sessions will be held in the Boiler Room, where they made the marmalade!

11.15 Tea and coffee
11.45 Session 2: Keynote Speech and book launch

Our beloved keynote speaker KJ Charles will entertain and provoke us, and launch the Manifold Press anthology A Certain Persuasion: Modern LGBTQ+ fiction inspired by Jane Austen’s novels.

12.30 Q&A: A Certain Persuasion

Anthology editor and author Julie Bozza will chair this Q&A with fellow Austenites JL Merrow and Eleanor Musgrove joining her in the hot seats.

13.00 Raffle Draw

If you want to be in with a chance of winning some wonderful prizes, please take the opportunity to buy your raffle tickets at the registration desk during the morning.

13.30 Lunch Served
14.30 Session 3: Georgians aren’t Victorians

Our distinguished guest speaker Farah Mendlesohn will explore this fascinating topic, in a talk subtitled ‘How to dump everything you thought you knew about nineteenth century morality’.

15.30 Tea and coffee
16.00 Session 4: A Sense of Place

Our day concludes with chair Elin Gregory and panellists Anna Butler and Sandra Lindsey exploring the importance of setting and location in our fiction.

16.45 wrap up; fare thee well; to finish by 17.00

Any queries on the day can be directed to the Manifold Press team: Fiona Pickles; Julie Bozza; Morgan Cheshire; Heloise Mezen; or Chris Quinton.

The exceedingly Clever Baggers sponsoring Queer Company 2!

Queer Company iconA guest blog post
by Sandra Lindsey
author of UNDER LEADEN SKIES

Everyone loves a freebie, don’t they? Obviously, the prospect of a goodie bag isn’t the only reason delegates look forward to book-related festivals and conferences, but it certainly doesn’t hinder one’s enjoyment to return home with a quality, reusable souvenir which will make you smile with memories of the event.

Last year at Queer Company, we had very useful folders stuffed with interesting info and a fun anthology of short stories set in Oxford. This year, we have something a little different, and it’s all my fault…

You see, I have a personal connection to a company which specialises in printing eco-friendly cotton bags (among a whole host of other products, but the bags are where it all started). They’re called The Clever Baggers, they’re based here in the UK, and they offer a rainbow of different coloured cotton bags. At the Manifold Press AGM, I offered to ask if the company would be willing to sponsor Queer Company 2 by providing bags for us to fill with goodies and give out to all attendees.

They said yes!

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I was lucky enough to be in the building the day our bags were printed, so I snapped a few photos of them being produced on the digital printers. I’ll try not to bore you with the technicalities, but for a variety of reasons, printing onto textiles is very different to printing onto paper. If you’re printing onto coloured (dyed) cloth, there are even more complications, and being able to do this digitally, i.e. directly onto the fabric by machine controlled by a computer, is a far more recent development than most people expect. In this instance, the machine applies a pre-treat to the bag, then prints a base-layer of the image in white, then prints the full colour image on top of this. All of the substances used in the process are water-based to make both process and product as eco-friendly as possible.

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I was very impressed by the end result, and hope you will be too!

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Everyone at Manifold Press HQ is certainly thrilled at the gorgeous results. We set The Clever Baggers a bit of a challenge with an event logo that looks lovely online but might not print very well. They’ve done us proud, though, as I’m sure you’ll all agree.

There are a very few tickets left for Queer Company 2. Do please join us if you can!

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Have you registered for Queer Company 2…?

Queer Company iconAs you may have heard already, we had a problem earlier this year with our registration form for the Queer Company 2 event (to be held on Saturday 5 November in Oxford). The form was out of action for a short while, due to increased security at our web host in their ongoing efforts to defeat spam.

We got it all fixed, and thought we’d managed to knit together the registrations and payments – but it seems that at least one extra person managed to slip through our nets.

If you have heard directly from me about your registration for this year – and if you are on the illustrious list below – then you are safely registered, I promise. But I’m afraid it might be worth double-checking.

Thank you so very much for your patience and understanding. I will be sure to order extra cake as a reward!

Current registrations are:

  • Alex Beecroft
  • Lily G Blunt
  • Julie Bozza
  • Sue Brown, UK Gay Romance, sponsor
  • Anna Butler
  • KJ Charles, keynote speaker
  • Morgan Cheshire
  • Kelly Clemmons
  • Charlie Cochrane
  • Joanne Crowther
  • Joanne Flowers
  • Petronella Ford
  • Elin Gregory
  • Mara Ismine
  • Alex Jane
  • BJ Jansen (Izzy van Swelm)
  • Josiegoodreads
  • Sandra Lindsey
  • Clare London
  • Fae Mcloughlin
  • Farah Mendlesohn, guest speaker
  • JL Merrow
  • Eleanor Musgrove
  • Fiona Pickles, Manifold Press editor
  • Chris Quinton
  • RJ Scott
  • Anna Tif Sikorska
  • Aleksandr Voinov, MC

I am so looking forward to spending the day with you all!

Only 153 sleeps to go until QUEER COMPANY 2!

Only five months now to QUEER COMPANY 2 on Saturday 5 November in Oxford – and we’re delighted to be able to bring you up to date with our plans – which are, we’re happy to say, maturing nicely!

Our distinguished Guest Speaker this time is Farah Mendlesohn, Professor of Literary History and Head of the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University.  Her session is entitled ‘Georgians aren’t Victorians: how to dump everything you thought you knew about nineteenth century morality’ – and to be perfectly honest we can’t wait to settle in and enjoy this – it just sounds like tremendous fun.

Our Keynote Speaker is the much-celebrated KJ Charles, known among other work for the Society of Gentlemen trilogy (published by the Loveswept imprint of Random House), which is about Regency gentlemen, radical politics, class divide, nice clothes, murder, sordid goings-on at all levels of society, and why you should never trust puce (THIS IS IMPORTANT).  KJ will also be launching our new anthology for us, A CERTAIN PERSUASION, which deals with off-the-page relationships inspired by the works of Jane Austen.

Getting into the spirit of the occasion – as well as holding all this together (we hope!) – will be our illustrious MC, Aleksandr Voinov.

In addition there will be two panel discussions:  ‘A Sense of Place‘ chaired by Elin Gregory and ‘How Much Reality do We Want in Our Fiction?‘ which will be chaired by Alex Beecroft.  (Other panel members are still to be selected, so if you have a particular fancy for joining the team on either discussion please let us know – we love a volunteer!)

Once again we’re hoping to raise some money for the Royal British Legion with a raffle and a charity table, so if there is anything you’d like to donate to be sold on their behalf we would love to hear from you.  We’re also happy to consider giveaways to include in the goody bags we’ll be handing out to everyone attending, so please contact us if you have anything to contribute.

Please do register, if you hope to attend! Numbers are strictly limited to 50, and we’re over halfway there already. Queer company is good company – and we’re looking forward to yours!

Our giveaway winners!

We’ve had two giveaways running, and I’m delighted to now announce the results. We held the draws this morning using random.org.

Author R.A. Padmos offered a signed paperback copy of her book RAVAGES, to be posted anywhere in the world. And the lucky winner is…

  • Carolyn

The Press offered our newsletter subscribers the chance to win a place at our Queer Company 2 event in Oxford in November. We’ll cover the delegate registration fee as well as contribute towards travel costs. And the lucky winner is…

  • H.B.

Congratulations to both! And thank you very kindly indeed to everyone who entered the giveaways. Julie will be in touch with H.B. very soon, and R.A. Padmos will be in touch directly with Carolyn. Please do sign up to our newsletter if you want to take part next time round.

And meanwhile, we’re wishing you all a happy Friday!