Saturday Evening Meals

Dinner by Dinner Series on flickr

Dinner by Dinner Series on flickr

Following the main Unconvention events on Saturday, many attendees like to relax with a meal out in the host city.

To this end we have pre-booked 70 reserved seats across four popular restaurants in the centre of Leeds, so that large groups of BookCrossers can eat together with minimal effort and fuss. Each of the restaurants has advised a maximum party size which will allow for decent levels of service and result in a successful social event.

To get ahead of the game you can now book yourself one (or more if you have family or friends to bring along) reserved place in the restaurant of your choice by heading to the shop. Although these reservations are free, don’t forget to check out your order to confirm your booking. Any places not reserved in advance will be available to sign up for during Friday and Saturday on a first come, first served basis.

The options for meals are French favourites at Cafe Rouge, classic Italian dishes from Zizzi, vegetarian Gujarati food from Hansa’s (10 seats only so get in quick), and an eclectic Italian/Indian/Thai/Chinese buffet at Spice Quarter.

BookBag Game

Bookbag by Scottish Poetry Library on flickr

Bookbag by Scottish Poetry Library on flickr

Following a successful debut last year, MissMarkey will be repeating the BookBag game this year, scheduled for 15:00 on Saturday afternoon.

If you would like to play The BookBag game please bring along the following :-

* A book in one of the following categories – Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Children’s, Murder/Mystery/Thriller, Historical, Popular Fiction.

*  2 items of BookCrossing supplies.

*  1 small wrapped mystery item that costs less than £1 (this item can be fun, frivolous, edible, practical, novelty etc).

We hope lots of people will want to join this game – it was extremely well received in Colchester, and even those not taking part won’t quickly forget the laughter that was overheard from the participants!


Owl Flashmob

Owl by on flickr

Owl by on flickr

For the last couple of years the Unconvention release walk has been a little different. Under the creative guidance of our entertainment coordinator MissMarkey the walk has incorporated a flashmob. In Nottingham we all wore silly hats before releasing the books we were reading, and in Colchester we created a book release ‘domino rally’. Those who were present will remember that while both were inventive and fun events they were slightly marred by over-zealous council workers collecting up our books as quickly as we could release them.

This year we come prepared and have agreed our mass release with the location where it will occur. The flashmob will again take place during the release walk on Sunday morning and will happen in The Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds where we have permission for our Unconvention antics.

You will need a book to release and an owl of some description to leave in the Centre. This could be knitted, sewn, carved, cut out of a wildlife or garden magazine, hand drawn, painted, or anything else you can think of. It could be hung up, stood up, leant against something, on a stick ,handed out, or fly out! Use your imagination and surprise us! Just don’t forget your owls!!

The Unconvention Raffle

The Unconvention Quilt

The Unconvention Quilt

Those who have attended an Unconvention before will know that a very popular element of the weekend is the raffle.

For the third year running, the 2013 raffle will be running with themed prizes, where attendees can choose which prize(s) they will try to win with each individual ticket they purchase. Tickets will be on sale during the weekend for just 10p a ticket, or 50p per strip.

We have some amazing prizes lined up for this year’s raffle, themed around topics as diverse as Leeds, owls, crafting, BookCrossing, films, poverty, and Jasper Fforde. This year’s star prize has been created by our very own Ally1665, one of the committee local representatives from Leeds. Ally has been working slavishly since Leeds won the bid to host the Uncon, and has created a beautiful Uncon-themed quilt which could be yours for the price of a 10p raffle ticket. So the only question you need to ask yourself is ‘Do you feel lucky?’

For a little more information about some of the raffle prizes on offer visit our dedicated Raffle page.

Competition Time!

Question by Bilal Kamoon on flickr

Question by Bilal Kamoon on flickr

Would you like the chance to win a BallyOwl goodie bag crammed full of BallyOwl merchandise?

Want to get some practice in and sharpen your local knowledge before the Friday night speed quiz?

Head over to our new quiz all about Leeds and you can do exactly that.

Entries must be submitted by 22nd September to be in with a chance of winning (this will allow us time to tot up the scores).

The winning entry will be announced during prize giving on Saturday afternoon and that lucky individual will win a fantastic memento of the Uncon weekend.

Book launch at Uncon!

Fair & Tender Ladies by Chris Nickson

Fair & Tender Ladies by Chris Nickson

We are very excited to announce that one of our speaker authors, Chris Nickson, has chosen the Leeds Unconvention as the venue for his latest book launch.

Chris will be officially launching the latest in his series of popular novels featuring Richard Nottingham and based in Leeds.

The newest addition to his bibliography is Fair & Tender Ladies and attendees at the Uncon will be able to get their first edition copy, and have it signed by Chris himself, before anyone else in the world!


Library Tour

Leeds Central Library by CarlMilner on flickr

Leeds Central Library by CarlMilner on flickr

As an optional extra on Saturday we are offering you the opportunity of a guided tour of the Leeds Central Library. This will be a fascinating behind-the-scenes journey through this beautiful Grade II* listed building which was constructed between 1878 and 1884.

With the library situated just across the square from the Uncon venue and with the tour being offered for free this is an event not to miss! You will have two opportunities to visit the library at 11:30 and 14:00 on Saturday. If you would be interested in taking part please look out for the sign up sheets which will be available at Uncon during Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Visit the home of the Brontes

Haworth by Alison Christine on flickr

Haworth by Alison Christine on flickr

Early on Sunday afternoon, timed to coincide with the end of the main events, we have arranged an optional visit by coach to the nearby town of Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters.

For just £20 you will receive a return ticket on the BCUK Uncon coach to Haworth, a journey of approximately one hour. On arrival in Haworth you will be taken on a guided tour of the Bronte Parsonage including an excellent talk on the Bronte sisters which has been organised specifically for our group. This will last approximately 1.5 hours, with a small amount of free time in Haworth before the coach departs. The return coach journey will incorporate a drop-off at Leeds Bradford airport making this excellent value for money for those who are flying out from the Uncon.

If you would prefer free time in Haworth rather than an organised tour you can purchase a coach-only ticket for just £11.50.

To purchase your tickets on this exclusive tour please visit the Uncon shop.

Not So Secret

Gift by asenat29 on flickr

Gift by asenat29 on flickr

Unconvention is approaching fast and we are very excited to announce that you can now sign up for one of the traditional favourite features of the event.

Registration for the Not So Secret (NSS) gift giving is now available in the website shop. Signing up for this event identifies you as interested in giving a gift to another Uncon attendee (as well as receiving one yourself from someone else). The only rule is that your gift must contain at least one BookCrossing registered book and one other item. However you can go as wild as you like with your gifts personalising them for the person you have been allocated to buy for.

Once you’ve signed up for the event all you need to do is sit back and wait and vekiki, who has kindly volunteered to organise this year’s NSS, will be in touch after the closing date to let you know who to buy for.

Happy gift giving everyone!

Owl Competition!

Owl by The Itsy Bitsy Spider on flickr

Owl by The Itsy Bitsy Spider on flickr

Calling all owls! Calling all owls!

We need your crafty owls to support this year’s (rather different) flashmob – more details on that to follow later.

To encourage as many owls as possible to come along to Uncon we are inviting you to enter our owl crafting competition, to win an exciting (although as yet undetermined, but it will be exciting!) prize.

If you would like to find out more then visit our Owl Competition page in the new Events section of the website.

Good luck!