Author Archives: Cheryl

BristolCon Fringe – The April Open Mic Evening

I have just uploaded the podcasts for the April BristolCon Fringe (yes, yes, I know it is late May). This was an open mic session, so we have lots of different people for you. I MC’d the event, and also … Continue reading

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Cory Doctorow in Bristol

This is a reminder for Bristol folks that Cory Doctorow is appearing at the Watershed tomorrow as part of the Festival of Ideas. Here’s some of the blurb: Can small artists still thrive in the Internet era? Can giant record … Continue reading

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The Wages of Sin

Yesterday Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, announced that they now have 9,000 members. Fannish mathematics thus makes it the first billion dollar Worldcon1. On the back of this unexpected windfall the Commie Pinko Faggot Feminazi Cabal that controls Worldcon via Tor … Continue reading

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LGBT History Festival Comes to Bristol

This year the UK ran it’s first ever National Festival of LGBT History in Manchester. It was very successful, and there are plans afoot to hold one again in 2016. However, holding it in just one city limits the number … Continue reading

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Not Sporting

For several years the University of Nottingham has hosted a Football v Homophobia soccer tournament. That’s certainly a good thing, as soccer is one of the major sports that still has a big problem with homophobia. However, this year a … Continue reading

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Launching Bloodie Bones

Yesterday evening I was in Foyles for the launch of the latest book by my historical novelist friend, Lucienne Boyce. This time she’s gone for a bit of genre-blending, because the book is a mystery, and has a tinge of … Continue reading

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Update on the #VATMESS

There has been action on the VAT issue in Brussels this week. As per this post on the EU VAT Action blog, Commissioner Ansip has finally admitted that there is a very serious problem here, and that something needs to … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima

Yesterday’s radio show was another one part-planned for me in advance, which I presented because Paulette is still in Jamaica. I’m very glad I did, because I got to meet an amazing woman. Lisa Newman works with the Golden Key … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Crowdfunding

A couple of days ago I saw a tweet from Neil Gaiman promoting a crowdfunding campaign for a play about trans people. I went and had a look at the campaign page and sent back a concerned tweet to Neil. … Continue reading

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Hello Brighton, Coming Your Way

I’m delighted to report that I’ve been selected to present a paper at Trans Studies Now, an academic conference taking place at the University of Sussex on June 12th. Roz Kaveney and Lewis Hancox are keynote speakers, so I’m in … Continue reading

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Flying the Trans Flag

This morning I was up early and off into Bristol again. I’m not good in the mornings, but this was important. I’d been invited to a meeting of social support agencies in Bristol — people who work with the homeless, … Continue reading

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Updated Review Policy

Because I have better things to do with my life than respond to people who won’t take no for an answer, I have a new review policy. Basically, if you ask me for a review then you won’t get one.

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Fringe Tonight

For those of you in Bristol, the May Fringe event takes place tonight. The readers are Sophie E. Tallis & Ben Galley. I hope to see some of you there. Those of you not in Bristol are doubtless wondering when … Continue reading

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Want To Write A Letter To Tiptree?

The fine folks at Twelfth Planet Press are currently working on a non-fiction piece in which contributors share their thoughts about the life and work of James Tiptree Jr.. They have commissioned a number of pieces, but they are also … Continue reading

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Thank You, Exeter Pride

Well that was a lovely day out. This year’s Exeter Pride took place in Rougemont Gardens, which is a lovely little venue right in the center of the city, and once the inside of a Norman castle. The weather was … Continue reading

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The Ujima Women’s Outlook Dementia Special

Wednesday’s show was put together for me by Subitha Baghirathan. All I had to do was ask good questions and deal with a few technical problems that we had at the start. The first hour saw Subitha along with Dr. … Continue reading

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A Little #VATMESS Rant

Visiting Juliet has reminded me of the dreadful ongoing mess caused by the EU’s new VAT laws for digital services. Despite sterling work by Juliet and her colleagues, and many lobbyists and politicians, we still don’t have a workable solution. … Continue reading

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Oxford, Briefly

Yesterday was a lot of fun. The radio show went well after a slight technical hitch at the start. More on that tomorrow. I got to Oxford on time, and Lev Grossman’s talk was very interesting. He’s a very nice … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on Ujima – Dementia Special

Tomorrow I’ll be on Women’s Outlook again. This isn’t one of my shows — I’m covering for Paulette while she’s in Jamaica on family business — but it should be very interesting. We have a dementia special, which has been … Continue reading

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Stories For Chip Entering Final Week

It is crowd funding reminder time, folks. The Stories for Chip anthology, which is an amazing collection of fiction being published in tribute to the great Samuel R. Delany. Their target is $10k, and they’re only at 83%. There are … Continue reading

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