QUEER COMPANY 3 – Early bird rate extended!

Following our recent Twelve Days of Christmas discount promotion, we have decided to retain the Early Bird registration rate of £50.00 until January 31. Full details are available here!

There are still places available at QUEER COMPANY 3, so if you would like to grab a place at the discounted rate now would be a very good moment to do so.

We look forward very much to seeing you all in Manchester at the end of April!

QUEER COMPANY 3 – Christmas Special!

For the Twelve Days of Christmas only (i.e., from 26 December to 6 January), we are reverting to our Early Bird registration rate of £50.00. (Should we call this a Recent Robin rate? A Late Turkey rate?) Full details are available here!

We have also added to the event website some information about Manchester’s Gay Village, which will be right on our doorstep, and which may help to persuade some of you who have yet to make up your minds!

There are still plenty of places available at QUEER COMPANY 3, but after 6 January the registration rate will increase again – so if you would like to grab a place at the discounted rate now would be a very good moment to do so.

We look forward very much to seeing you all in Manchester at the end of April!

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!