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Past Eastercons

This list is based on the list generated by Pat McMurray for the Memory Hole Annex. The original research for this page was done by Pat and based heavily on the historical work of Rob Hansen. Additional research and updates have been offered by several people, with particular thanks to Peter Weston.

Eastercon is a fairly loose term, by which is meant the British National SF Convention. This loose terminology would imply that it cannot legitimately be held in the Channel Islands or Northern Ireland, but the politics of terminology are beyond the scope of this document. We have followed Rob Hansen's listing in general, only making changes where we have documentary proof to back them up, or the convention chair has contacted us. For example, Rob lists 1952 as Loncon, but the 1952 Programme Book makes no such reference. The 1949 Programme Book calls that convention Loncon. We've followed Rob in calling the 1953 convention Coroncon, though from the Programme Book and other documents, it appears this convention was not called that at the time. We've also added some Guests where there are supporting documents, and added all committee members, again where the documentary proof exists. The committee members are those listed in the Programme Book or similar at-con or post-con publication as being on the committee. Corrections and additions are welcome.

Guests, especially in early years, are a complicated issue. One in particular we'd like to mention. At the 1944 Eastercon, Professor A M Low was intended to be the Guest Speaker, as per the Progamme Book, but he was unable to attend due to other commitments. We feel that guests that were invited but could not attend should still be listed.

This page would not exist without Rob Hansen's assistance, and we have accepted his numbering system as it stands. We would also like to quote his introduction to his revision of the list, produced for the 1989 Eastercon, Contrivance:

"The current series of British National conventions is traditionally numbered from the 1948 Whitcon. It was, however, not until 1955 that the national con was held over Easter rather than Whitsun, and the name 'Eastercon' came to be applied to the series. The earlier 1944 convention is not considered to be an 'Eastercon' in that sense."

"Previous convention lists have not shown a national convention in 1957. Recent research has, however, revealed that one took place, which necessitates a certain amount of renumbering. Fortunately, a case can be made for not counting Festivention, in 1951, as a national convention. It was planned as an international convention, to tie in with the Festival of Britain, and was, indeed, more international than many Worldcons of the time. It had attendees from as far away as the USA, Canada and Australia, as well as several European countries. With these adjustments, the 1971 convention can still be called Eastercon 22, and Contrivance remains the 40th British National SF Convention."

Early Conventions

Name Location Year Date Guest Committee
Leeds 1937 Unknown Unknown
London 1938 Unknown Unknown
London 1939 Unknown Unknown
Midvention 1943 Easter None R R Johnson, Don Houston, Art Williams, A W Gardner, Ralph E Orme, J Michael Rosenblum, Tom Hughes, Art Busby
Eastercon London 1944 Easter Professor A M Low Walter Gillings

Eastercons

# Name Location Year Date Guest Committee
1 Whitcon London 1948 Whitsun A Bertram Chandler Wally Gillings, John Newman
2 Loncon London 1949 Easter Bill Temple Mr Gillings and others
* Festivention London 1951 Whitsun Forrest & Wendayne Ackerman, Lyell Crane E J Carnell, Charles Duncombe, A Vincent Clarke, Miss A Lovett, F E Arnold, James Rattigan, H Ken Bulmer, Fred Brown, Ted Tubb
3 London SF Con London 1952 Whitsun None E J Carnell, C Duncombe, F Arnold, J Ratigan
4 Coroncon London 1953 Whitsun None Fred Brown and others
5 Supermancon Manchester 1954 Whitsun John Russell Fearn Unknown
6 Cytricon Kettering 1955 Easter None Bill Panter, Danny Cowen, Joe Ayres, Al Lee, Stuart Mackenzie
7 Cytricon II Kettering 1956 Easter None Vince & Joy Clark
8 Cytricon III Kettering 1957 Easter None Dave Newman, Norman Shorrock
9 Cytricon IV Kettering 1958 Easter None Dave Newman, Norman Shorrock
10 Brumcon Birmingham 1959 Easter Kenneth F Slater Terry Jeeves, Bob Richardson, Ron Bennett, Norman Shorrock
11 London London 1960 Easter E J 'Ted' Carnell, Don Ford Ella Parker, Bobbie Gray, Sandra Hall and Archie Mercer
12 LXIcon Gloucester 1961 Easter Kingsley Amis Eric Jones, Keith Freeman, Tony Walsh, Bob Parkinson, Ethel Lindsay
13 Ronvention Harrogate 1962 Easter Tom Boardman Ron Bennett, Phil Rogers
14 Bullcon Peterborough 1963 Easter Edmund Crispin Ken Slater, Pauline Jackson, Dave Barber
15 Repetercon Peterborough 1964 Easter Ted Tubb Tony Walsh, Ethel Lindsay, George Locke
16 Brumcon II Birmingham 1965 Easter Harry Harrison Ken Cheslin, Roger G Peyton, Mike Higgs, Charlie Winstone
17 Yarcon Yarmouth 1966 Easter Ron Whiting Dave S Barber, Ken F Slater, Steve Oakey, Phil Rogers, Archie Mercer, Beryl Mercer
18 Briscon Bristol 1967 Easter John Brunner Tony and Simone Walsh, Archie and Tony Mercer, Graham Boak, Brian Hampton
19 Thirdmancon Buxton 1968 Easter Ken Bulmer Harry Nadler, Bill Burns, Eric Bentcliffe, Peter Day, Brian Marshall, Charles Partington, Dave Britton, Tom Holt, Tony Edwards, Colin Britch
20 Galactic Fair Oxford 1969 Easter Judith Merril E C Tubb, Kenneth Bulmer, Anne Keylock, Gerry Webb, John Brunner, Daphne Sewell, Jean Muggoch, Derek Stokes
21 Scicon '70 London 1970 Easter James Blish George Hay, Derek Stokes, Bill Burns
22 Eastercon 22 Worcester 1971 Easter Ethel Lindsay, Anne McCaffrey Vernon Brown, Roger Peyton, Bob Rickard, Peter Weston
23 Chessmancon Chester 1972 Easter Larry Niven Tony Edwards, Harry Nadler, Bill Burns, Chuck Partington, Norman Shorrock, Dave Britton, Eddie Jones
24 OMPAcon Bristol 1973 Easter Samuel R Delany Gerald Bishop, Ken Cheslin, Mike & Pat Meara, Fred Hemmings, Terry Jeeves, Brian Robinson
25 Tynecon Newcastle 1974 Easter Bob Shaw, Peter Weston Ian Maule, Ian Williams, Rob Jackson, Harry Bell, Irene Bell
26 Seacon Coventry 1975 Easter Harry Harrison John Brosnan, Graham Charnock, Pat Charnock, Christine Edwards, Malcolm Edwards, Robert Holdstock, Leroy Kettle, John Piggott, Peter Roberts
27 Mancon 5 Manchester 1976 Easter Peter Roberts, Robert Silverberg Pete Presford, Brian Robinson, Kevin Hall, John Mottershead, Harry Nadler, Charles Partington, Anita Presford, Roy Sharpe, Paul Skelton
28 Eastercon '77 Coventry 1977 Easter John Bush Pauline E Dungate, Laurence Miller, Dave Upton, Mike Brown, Rog Peyton, Marsha Jones, Greg Pickersgill, Simone Walsh, Chris Walton
29 Skycon Heathrow 1978 Easter Roy Kettle, Robert Sheckley Kevin Smith, Dave Langford, Martin Hoare, Liese Hoare, Dermot Dobson, Stan Eling, Keith Oborn, Ian Maule, Eve & John Harvey
30 Yorcon Leeds 1979 Easter Graham & Pat Charnock, Richard Cowper Mike Dickinson, David Pringle, Alan Dorey, Ian Williams, Carol Gregory, Kate Jeary, D West, Paul & Jan Matthews
31 Albacon Glasgow 1980 Easter Jim Barker, Colin Kapp Bob Shaw, Gerry Gillin, Hal Rollason, The Cat, Neil Craig, Mike Molloy, Dave Ellis, Jimmy Robertson, John Dean, Martin Hoare, John Mooney
32 Yorcon II Leeds 1981 Easter Tom Disch, Dave Langford, Ian Watson David Pringle, Graham James, Alan Dorey, Simon Ounsley, Kate Jeary, John Colick
33 Channelcon Brighton 1982 Easter Angela Carter, John Sladek Chris Atkinson, Jim Barker, Pat Charnock, Eve Harvey, Coral Jackson, Rob Jackson, Paul Kincaid, Janice Maule
34 Albacon II Glasgow 1983 Easter Marion Zimmer Bradley, Avedon Carol, James White John Allardice, Henry Balen, Jim Barker, Iain Dickson, Dave Ellis, Martin Hoare, Bob Jewett, Chris O'Kane, Doug McCallum, Mick Molloy, Frances Jane Nelson, Joan Paterson, Bruce Saville, Ian Sorensen, , Jean Thompson
35 Seacon '84 Brighton 1984 Easter Pierre Barbet, Waldemar Kumming, Josef Nesvadba, Christopher Priest, Roger Zelazny Arnold Akien, John & Marjorie Brunner, Chris Donaldson, Alan Dorey, Rochelle Dorey, John Fairey, Colin Fine, Ye Gerbish, Martin Hoares, Chris Hughes, Jan Huxley, Pauline Morgan, Paul Oldroyd
36 Yorcon III Leeds 1985 Easter Greg Benford, Linda Pickersgill Paul Annis, Jim Darroch, Alan Dorey, Rochelle Dorey, Christine Donaldson, Alan Ferguson, Mike Ford, Graham James, Kate Jeary, Paul Oldroyd, Simon Ounsley, Anne Page, Simon Polley, Jimmy Robertson, Sue Simpson, Linda Strickler James
37 Albacon III Glasgow 1986 Easter Joe Haldeman, John Jarrold, Clive Barker, Pete Lyon Jim Campbell, Madeleine Campbell, Joyce Craig, Neil Craig, Oscar Dalgleish, Vince Docherty, Cuddles, Iain Dickson, Dave Ellis, Kevin Henwood, Bob Jewett, Duncan Lunan, Bruce McDonald, Mark Meenan, Mike Molloy, Chris O'Kane, Ian Sorensen
38 BECCON '87 Birmingham 1987 Easter Chris Atkinson, Keith Roberts, Jane Gaskell Brian Ameringen, Simon Beresford, KIM Campbell, Jonathon Cowie, 1/2r Cruttenden, Richard Edwards, Tim Illingworth, Caroline Mullan, Bernard Peek, Roger Perkins, John Stewart, Pete Tyers, Kathy Westhead, Mike Westhead
39 Follycon Liverpool 1988 Easter Gordon Dickson, Gwyneth Jones, Greg Pickersgill, Len Wein Michael Abbott, Daivd Brown, Pat Brown, Colin Fine, Steve Linton, Karen Naylor, Gytha North, Joan Paterson, Richard Rampant, Alison Scott, Mike Scott, Tibs
40 Contrivance Jersey 1989 Easter Avedon Carol, Rob Hansen, M John Harrison, Don Lawrence, Anne McCaffrey Gwen Funnell, Peter Wareham, Roger Perkins, Steve Bull, Tim Illingworth, Rob Meade, Christina Lake, Steve Davies, Paul Dormer, Chris Cooper, Martin Hoare
41 Eastcon Liverpool 1990 Easter Iain Banks, Anne Page, SMS, (Nigel Kneale withdrew before the convention) Lisanne Norman, Martin Easterbrook, James Steel, Chris O'Shea II, Stuart Andrews, Helen McCarthy, Ken Slater, KIM Campbell, Hugh Mascetti. Special Committee Assistant: Jonathan Cowie
42 Speculation Glasgow 1991 Easter Rob Holdstock John Fairey, KIM Campbell, Paul Oldroyd, Mark Meenan, Ian Sorensen
43 Illumination Blackpool 1992 Easter Geoff Ryman, Paul McAuley, Pam Wells Amanda Baker, John Bray, Dave Clements, Dave Cooper, Alice Lawson, Steve Lawson, Anne Page, Rhodri James
44 Helicon Jersey 1993 Easter John Brunner, George R R Martin, Karel Thole, Larry van der Putte Tim Illingworth, Steve Davies, Rob Meades, Mike Westhead, Eddie Cochrane, Chris Cooper, Martin Easterbrook, Martin Hoare, John Richards, Kathy Westhead, Mark Young
45 Sou'Wester Liverpool 1994 Easter Diane Duane, Neil Gaiman, Barbara Hambly, Peter Morwood, Thog the Mighty Marcus Streets, Rhodri James, Ben Brown, Chris Bell, Gary Stratmann, Sue Edwards, David V Barrett
46 Confabulation London 1995 Easter Lois McMaster Bujold, Roger Robinson, Bob Shaw Alison Scott, Mike Scott, Sue Mason, Giulia de Cesare, Steve Davies
47 Evolution Heathrow 1996 Easter Jack Cohen, Colin Greenland, Paul Kincaid, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Bryan Talbot, Vernor Vinge Bridget Hardcastle, Pat McMurray, Mark Charsley, Mary Branscombe, Simon Bisson, Mike Westhead, Tim Illingworth
48 Intervention Liverpool 1997 Easter Brian Aldiss, Jon Bing, Octavia Butler, Dave Langford John Bark, Janet Barron, Keith Coslett, Andy Croft, Steve Green, Geoff Hill, Heidi Lyshol, Pat McMurray, Val Phillips, Phil Plumbly, John Richards, Anne-Marie Wright, Pete Wright,
49 Intuition Manchester 1998 Easter Ian McDonald, Martin Tudor, Connie Willis Fran Dowd, Maureen Kincaid Speller, David Cooper, Steve Lawson, Kathy Taylor, Amanda Baker, Clair Brialey, Alice Lawson, Fiona Anderson
50 ReConvene Liverpool 1999 Easter Peter S Beagle, John Clute, Jeff Noon, Tom Holt, Ron Tiner, Thog the Mighty Steve Davies, Gary Stratmann, Paul Dormer, Tom Abba, Sue Edwards, Gwen Funnell, Peter Wareham, Mychelle Lovelace, Chris Bell, Roger Burton West
51 2Kon Glasgow 2000 Easter Guy Gavriel Kay, Katherine Kurtz, Deborah Turner-Harris, Dr John Salthouse, Bob Harris Andrew Adams, Cuddles, KIM Campbell, Nik Whitehead, Mad Elf, Sparks, Pat McMurray
52 Paragon Hinckley 2001 Easter Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer, Mike Scott Rohan, Steven Baxter, Lisanne Norman Alice & Steve Lawson, John Dowd, Rhodri James, Nick Mills, David Cooper, Nigel & Sabine Furlong
53 Helicon 2 Jersey 2002 Easter Brian Stableford, Harry Turtledove, Peter Weston Martin Hoare, Pat McMurray, Steve Davies, Giulia de Cesare, Tim Illingworth, Marcia Kelly Illingworth, Tony Hammond, Kim Whysall, Larry van der Putte, Chris Cooper, Tobes, John Richards
54 Seacon03 Hinckley 2003 Easter Chris Baker (Fangorn), Christopher Evans (author), Mary Gentle Paul Oldroyd, Chris Donaldson, Noel Collyer, Julian Headlong, Yvonne Rowse, Tony Berry, Eve Harvey, John Harvey, Margaret Austin
55 Concourse Blackpool 2004 Easter Mitchell Burnside Clapp, Danny Flynn, Sue Mason, Christopher Priest, Philip Pullman Chris O'Shea, Marcus Streets, Jonathan Jones
56 Paragon 2 Hinckley 2005 Easter John Harvey, Eve Harvey, Ken MacLeod, Robert Rankin, Ben Jeapes, Richard Morgan Fran Dowd, James Bacon, Julia Daly, John Dowd, Nigel Furlong, Sabine Furlong, Alice Lawson, Steve Lawson, and John Richards
57 Concussion Glasgow 2006 Easter M. John Harrison, Brian Froud, Elizabeth Hand, Justina Robson, Ian Sorensen Farah Mendlesohn, Simon Bradshaw, Bridget Bradshaw, Noel Collyer, Cheryl Morgan, Iain Emsley, Judi Hodgkin, Jamie Scott, Andrew J. Wilson
58 Contemplation Chester 2007 Easter No guests Chris O'Shea, Fran Dowd, Hayley Marsden, Harry Payne, John Dowd. Committee Assistants: Steve Lawson + Richard Proctor (membership), Vince Docherty (finance)
59 Orbital 2008 Heathrow, London 2008 Easter Neil Gaiman, Tanith Lee, China Miéville, Charles Stross, Rog Peyton Judith Proctor, Mark Young, Eddie Cochrane, Chris O'Shea, Vince Docherty, Fiona Scarlett, John Wilson, Steve Rogerson
60 LX Bradford 2009 Easter Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Dirk Maggs, Tim Powers, David Lloyd, Mary and Bill Burns James Bacon, Peter Harrow, John Dowd, Alice Lawson, Steve Lawson, John Richards, Hayley Marsden
61 Odyssey 2010 Heathrow, London 2010 Easter Alastair Reynolds, Liz Williams, Mike Carey, Iain M Banks, Fran & John Dowd, Carlos Ezquerra (unable to attend) Rita Medany, Fiona Scarlett, Judith Proctor, Nigel Furlong, Melanie Davis
62 Illustrious 2011 Hilton NEC, Birmingham 2011 Easter David Weber, Peter F. Hamilton, David A. Hardy, Roz Kaveney, Vince Docherty Nik Whitehead, Fran & John Dowd, John Harold, Richard Cranshaw, Liam Proven (ex-committee include Hayley Marsden, Chris O'Shea, CrazyDave)
63 Olympus 2012 Heathrow, London 2012 Easter Paul Cornell, Cory Doctorow, George R.R. Martin, Tricia Sullivan, Margaret Austin, Martin Easterbrook Rita Medany, Fiona Marshall, Melanie Davis, Kat Takenaka, Steve Rogerson, Eddie Cochrane, John Medany
64 EightSquaredCon Bradford 2013 Easter Walter Jon Williams, Freda Warrington, Anne Sudworth and Edward James Simon Bradshaw, Steve Davies, Sue Edwards,Juliet E McKenna,Siân Martin,Phil Nanson,Kari Sperring
65 Satellite 4 Glasgow 2014 Easter John Meaney, Juliet E McKenna, Jim Burns, Alice and Steve Lawson, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell Michael Davidson, Fran Dowd, Christine Davidson, Carolyn Sleith, Mad Elf, Mark Meenan
66 Dysprosium Heathrow, London 2015 Easter Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Herr Döktor, Caroline Mullan Judi Hodgkin, Tim Kirk, Paul Taylor, Sarah Shemilt, Sarah Brider, John Harold, Judith Lewis, Peter Harrow, Dave Row


Note: in 2006 Convoy was chosen to be the 2007 Eastercon, but a combination of factors, primarily a very low membership takeup meant they had to fold at the end of October 2006. Contemplation was formed at Novacon 2006.