The committee is made up of a group of individual BookCrossers who have volunteered their time to arranging and organising the 2015 Convention in Oxford. Many of us have been involved with UK Unconventions for a number of years and although our primary roles for the Convention are described below, our tasks will overlap as required.
Chair: Janice (MissMarkey)
I have always loved reading since I was a child and was frequently described as ‘having her nose in a book again’. I discovered BookCrossing in 2008 when I found a book hanging on the gate on my allotment in Harwell. It had been put there by local BookCrosser Molyneux hoping that I would take the bait. I did and that, as they say, was history. In 2009 I went to my first Convention in New Zealand and became a convention junkie. Since then I have been to Conventions in Amsterdam, Washington DC, Dublin, Gothenburg and Melbourne. I have also been to Uncons in Edinburgh, Swindon, Nottingham, Colchester, Leeds and Boston USA and have been on the committee as Entertainments Coordinator for the last three UK Uncons.
With 2 weeks to go before Gothenburg and no-one showing any signs of bidding for 2015 I was encouraged to go for it (It didn’t take a lot of persuading to be honest) and now here we are making solid plans for a super weekend of BookCrossing fun in Oxford.
I look forward to seeing some familiar friends and some new faces too and to helping the UK Committee to put on a splendid World Convention.
As Chair of the Convention I am responsible for overseeing the whole event, acting as project manager for the other committee members. I will take the lead on contacting and securing sponsors and authors on behalf of the committee and will be the main point of contact for the event. In addition to my role as Chair I will be taking some of the responsibility usually handed over to the local representative, including securing, and liaising with, the venue and organising local activities.
Communications: Claire (pingucb)
I joined BookCrossing in 2009, attending my first UK Unconvention in Swindon in 2010. For the Swindon Uncon, I was a general volunteer, offering little bits of help where needed and organising the NSS. From 2011 – 2013 I was chair of the committee for the Uncons in Nottingham, Colchester, and Leeds.
I have always loved reading but since becoming a mum to two and returning to full time work I get much less time for it than I would like, my most read books recently have been by Julia Donaldson and AA Milne! With most of my personal reading now via Kindle I also get less opportunity to BookCross than I would like, but what I do still love about BookCrossing are the social aspects. Through the Uncon events in particular I have made some lovely friends and I’m looking forward to catching up with the old ones, and hopefully meeting some new ones, in Oxford.
In my communications role for the 2015 Convention my main responsibility will be posting news stories and updating pages on the website, as well as creating the booklets that go into attendees’ goodie bags. I will also be involved with monitoring bookings and purchases made via the shop, coordinating the raffle, and organising goodie bags, as well as any other tasks that Janice asks me to help out with!
Treasurer: Trevor (ardachy)
I joined BookCrossing in April 2006 when I was living on the Black Isle in Scotland and discovered the ‘Books on Bens’ webpage that swan-scot had going. ‘Ardachy’ was the name of the Bed and Breakfast I ran with my wife and I started by releasing books in our guest rooms and local beauty spots. I loved the way that BookCrossing integrated my three interests which were reading, walking and photography. In 2008 we moved back to East Anglia for family reasons and I became even more active, attending my first BC Convention in Amsterdam and my first UnCon in Swindon. I help manage a number of OBCZs in the Colchester area and regularly attend meet-ups with other BookCrossers. I started Essex BookCrossing and volunteered as a Region Manager. I also became a member of the BookCrossing team on Kiva and am now one of the team captains. 2013 will be my second year as the Treasurer on the UnCon Committee.
My role as treasurer is to keep track of the budget, ensuring that the income from tickets covers all the costs associated with the event. The treasurer checks registration payments as they come in and ensures that costs are kept to a minimum.
Webmaster: Gary (GaryJ)
Since 2011 I have taken the role of committee webmaster for the UK Unconventions and now this Convention. I’ve been to nine of the 10 UK Uncons and the London Convention. I’m not a big reader and rarely dip into the BC forums, so the attraction for me is the social aspect of the weekend itself.
I volunteered for the Convention committee due to the positive feedback that the Unconvention websites received. Like any regular event, communication of information is vital to the potential attendees, the website perhaps being the main method.
My role as webmaster is to set up and maintain the technical aspect of the website. If something doesn’t work for you please, contact me. I enable all Committee members to add and edit content as needed to disseminate information for their own roles.
Entertainments & Marketing: Nic (beebarf)
My name is Nic and I’m a book addict. My main addiction is crime fiction, but I’m also keen on literary fiction and trashy Regency romances.
I’m fortunate enough to work with the written word, as Communications Manager for a small national charity, and I recently completed a degree in Literature and Creative Media. The subject of my dissertation was Ian Rankin’s Rebus novels and their use of elements from the Gothic novel, so as you can imagine, I’ve become a bit of an anorak on the subject.
I joined Bookcrossing way back in May 2003 at the suggestion of an American friend of mine. The combination of books, geekery and sociability was irresistible!
From early on, I attended meets – first in Sheffield, and now currently in Nottingham (my nearest) and Ipswich, as I split my time between Yorkshire and Suffolk. I have been to numerous Uncons, although I took a break for a while when life got too hectic!
My other hobbies include geocaching, knitting, needlework, sleeping and eating chocolate. All of which apparently I do quite well. Especially the last two.
As Entertainments coordinator I will be organising competitions, games and quizzes both in the run up to the event and during the course of the weekend. For my marketing role I will be bringing some of my work related skills to the social media and marketing aspects of the Convention. I will be creating goodies and merchandise with the Convention logo, promoting the event and liaising with the local press and media as required.
Ordinary Member: Ally (Ally1665)
I’ve been BookCrossing since 2002 and attended my first BookCrossing meetup in Leeds back in 2004. I love reading and my favourite genre is crime fiction, especially Nordic Noir. I’ve met BookCrossers in Ireland, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands and love the way BookCrossing has taken me to so many new places. I have been to a few UK Uncons and in 2013 I joined the Uncon committee as a local representative for the Leeds event.
My role for the Convention is to get involved in tasks wherever I can help out and you will probably see me taking a stint on the Supply Store table in Oxford.
In addition to the committee members already listed, a number of BookCrossers have offered to help out in the preparation for and/or running of the event. The committee would like to thank the following for their generous and invaluable support: