Flickr Group

Flickr by poolie on flickr

Flickr by poolie on flickr

For those of you who are planning on taking photos during the Uncon, or just those who want to see photos taken by others, you may want to join the flickr group for the event that has been set up by our treasurer ardachy.

The group can also be used for other photos which relate to the Leeds Unconvention, whether they be raffle prizes you are planning to donate, items you are bringing to add to goodie bags, the suitcase you’ve packed (or left empty for books!) for your trip to Leeds, or whatever other Uncon related photos you may wish to share.

Click on the following link to browse the photos already on the group or to add your own.

Useful Information

Information by Mr Moss on flickr

Information by Mr Moss on flickr

The local committee members, in particular Mai-day have put together the following useful information which could prove particularly handy for first time visitors to Leeds.

Google Map

Visit the Uncon Google map to get an overview of some of the key locations we will be visiting during the weekend. This includes the main venue, the Saturday night restaurants, bus and train stations, and Leeds City Library, as well as a selection of hotels, car parks, and shopping opportunities.

The Electric Press

The Carriageworks Theatre is in a complex called The Electric Press. As well as the theatre there are a number of bars and restaurants in the complex.  For more information visit the Electric Press website.


For those coming to Leeds by car here are a couple of car parks which are more reasonable than most:

Woodhouse Lane: This is a council run car park and is around 10 minute walk from the Carriageworks. Visit the car park website here.


  • Up to 2 hours £2
  • Up to 3 hours £3
  • Up to 4 hours £4
  • Up to 12 hours £5
  • Up to 14 hours £6
  • Up to 24 hours £10
  • Up to 48 hours £20

Leeds Station long stay car park: This is on the other side of the city centre, but still only about 10-15 minutes walk from the venue.  It is cheaper than Woodhouse Lane, but it really depends where people are staying as to which is most convenient for them

Night hours (18:00 to 06:00) £4.50.  Customers must arrive after 18:00 and leave before 06:00, Monday to Friday. Weekend overnight parking is included in the £4.50 per day tariff.

Saturday – full day or part there of £4.50.
Sunday – full day or part there of £4.50.

Open all the time
Open 24 hours a day – 7 days a week.

T-shirts Now on Sale!

We are very excited to announce that for just £11 you can now purchase a traditional Unconvention T-shirt in the shop. These will only be on sale until Friday 6th September, so get your order in quick!

T-shirts are in a short-sleeve, crew neck style, manufactured in 90-100% cotton, dependent on your colour choice. We have selected the following range of colours, which perfectly complement the BallyOwl logo:

T-shirt Colour Options

T-shirt Colour Options

In addition to BallyOwl, every T-shirt will be embroidered with the wording BCUK Unconvention Leeds 2013 in black. In addition, for an extra £2, you can select to have your BookCrossing name embroidered below the logo – you will need to select this option and provide the name you want embroidered at the time of purchase.

We are able to offer a range of sizes from small to XXXL (XXXL only available in White and Ash Grey). Sizings are to fit chest in inches as follows:

  • Small (34-36)
  • Medium (38-40)
  • Large (42-44)
  • X Large (46-48)
  • XX Large (50-52)
  • XXX Large (54-56)

Each available combination is listed as a separate item in the shop – please check which colour/size combination you have clicked on before placing your order. In addition to T-shirts there is a range of BallyOwl merchandise available including tote bags and mugs. Please note all merchandise items purchased will be added to goodie bags for collection at the event.

BallyOwl Merchandise

BallyOwl bag

BallyOwl bag

You can now purchase a range of BallyOwl merchandise in the Unconvention shop.

The initial selection of items includes a notepad, keyring, mug, and tote bag. All are decorated with our very own BallyOwl and offered at very reasonable prices.

Perhaps you would like a little reminder of your Unconvention weekend, or a gift for someone who can’t make it? Whatever your reason, head over to the shop now and purchase your Uncon merchandise – stocks are limited and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Please note that all items purchased will be added to goodie bags for collection at the event.

Call for Help

Handmade bookmarks by craft-martingale on flickr

Handmade bookmarks by craft-martingale on flickr

With a limited budget we always welcome offers of help from the BookCrossing community and this year, as in previous years, we are asking for your help with raffle prizes and items for goodie bags. Please Contact Us as detailed at the bottom of this post if you would like to provide any items.

Maybe you have an unwanted item at home that would make a great raffle prize (or partial prize). Perhaps you won something yourself that isn’t quite your ‘thing’. Or possibly you want to give a little love back to the Uncon attendees with a gift!

Alternatively you may be able to create items which we can add to goodie bags. These can be anything from a handmade bookmark to a handwritten postcard from your home town, to a homemade flapjack (as long as it will last!). There is absolutely no obligation to provide an item for every bag, but if you are a keen crafter this would be a really thoughtful and well appreciated outlet for your skills.

There are two ways to get your items to us:

1. Bring them along to Uncon. Goodie bag items will need to be with a member of the committee before registration opens on Friday evening. Ideally raffle prizes are needed at the same time, but at the latest will be needed by registration on Saturday morning.

2. Send your items to Maia (Mai-day) at the following address:

Maia Daguerre
Girlguiding North East England
7 Alpha Court
Monks Cross Drive
YO32 9WN

However you plan to get your items to us please Contact Us as soon as you know you are providing something with details of what/how many you would like to offer. It is important for us to know in advance what items we have to put in goodie bags and what prizes we have available for the raffle and it will help Maia to know what items to expect.

In advance, we thank you once again for the legendary BookCrosser generosity!

Last Two Days to Save Money

Money by Philip Taylor PT on flickr

Money by Philip Taylor PT on flickr

From 1st June the Uncon ticket price will increase from £15 to £20, giving you just two days left to get your tickets at 25% off and save yourself some money.

At £20 the Unconvention ticket is fantastic value for money, but the £15 ticket price represents an absolute bargain for what promises to be a fantastic weekend.

Don’t miss out on the chance to save yourself some cash. If you are planning to come to Leeds and haven’t already purchased your tickets, head over to the shop and buy them now. Just think how many raffle tickets you will be able to buy with that extra £5 to spend!

Save £5 – Ends in 1 Week!

£5 note by lucidtech on flickr

£5 note by lucidtech on flickr

There is only one week left to take advantage of our early-bird ticket offer, with 25% off until the end of May.

You’re running out of time to buy Unconvention tickets for just £15 each, a saving of £5 over the regular £20 price tag. This offer WILL end on May 31st, so if you are thinking of buying tickets and haven’t already done so, now is the time to head to the shop and save yourself some cash.

Just think how many raffle tickets you could get for £5! Or buy three tickets and you’ve saved enough for a 4th! Whichever way you look at it a £5 saving is well worth having and £15 for the weekend we have planned makes amazing value for money.


Tickets on Sale!

Tickets now on sale!

Tickets now on sale!

The committee are extremely excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Unconvention in Leeds! If you would like to purchase tickets then visit the newly opened Uncon shop.

The normal price for a ticket will be £20 but for the early birds, who purchase their tickets during May, you will get access to the whole weekend for the bargain price of just £15. This is excellent value for money as it includes entry to all author talks, bookswapping, book buffets, the release walk, and much more besides. You will also get a goodie bag, sure to be full of fun, a guide to the weekend, and a personalised name badge.

If you are making purchases for someone other than yourself, please use the Order Notes box at checkout to indicate their BookCrossing name(s) or real name(s) if they are not BookCrossers. This will help us to ensure that accurate information is included on the attendee list and that everyone attending can have a personalised badge and goodie bag.

Once your payment has been confirmed we will add your name (and the names of anyone else you have bought tickets for) to the list of confirmed attendees on the website. If your name has not appeared within a few days of completing payment then please Contact Us to check your payment has gone through OK.

Payments can be made via bank transfer, PayPal or cheque – all payment options are accessible via the shop. Keep an eye out for more items appearing in the shop soon including merchandise, entry to the gift swap, downloadable maps, and reservations for the Saturday evening meal.





Hello by Odd.note on flickr

Hello by Odd.note on flickr

Hello BookCrossers and welcome to the website for the 2013 BCUK Unconvention.

This will be the place to come for all the latest Uncon news in the run up to this year’s event, which is being held in Leeds from 27th – 29th September.

For now have a look around the website to find out more about our host city, where exactly the Uncon will be taking place, and our thoughts on options for accommodation. If you would like to receive email updates when new content is added to the website then please sign up using the link at the bottom of the home page.