The RONVENTION Programme Book is 34 pages long (inc. covers). Many of those pages are ads, which have not been included here. What follows is primarily just the editorial material.

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1. Brian Aldiss - Oxford
2. Ina Shorrock - Liverpool
3. Terry Jeeves - Sheffield
5. Ted Forsyth - London
6. Jimmy Groves - London
7. Tom Boardman - Sunningdale
8. Ron Ellik - Los Angeles
10. Ron Bennett - Harrogate
11. Ken Slater - Wisbech
12. Phil Rogers - Scunthorpe
13. Dave Barber - Wisbech
14. Jill Adams - Southampton
15. Valerie Jeeves Sheffield
16. Eric Bentcliffe - Stockport
17. Beryl Bentcliffe - Stockport
18. Archie Mercer - Lincoln
19. Ethel Lindsay - Surbiton
20. Brian Jordan - Burnley
21. J. Michael Rosenblum - Leeds
22. Ken Cheslin - Stourbridge
23. Darroll Pardoe - Stourbridge
24. Brian N. Ball - Doncaster
25. Harry Douthwaite - Manchester
26. John Owen - Liverpool
27. John Campbell - Liverpool
28. John Nash - Liverpool
29. Norman Weedall - Liverpool
30. Eddie Jones - Liverpool
31. Chris Miller - Sutton Coldfield
32. Margaret Manson - Oxford
33. Sid Birchby - Manchester
34. Ella Parker - London
35. Norman Sherlock - London
36. Joe Navin - Liverpool
37. Jim Linwood - Netherfield
38. Rolf Gindorf - Wulfrath
39. Thomas Schlueck - Hannover
40. Guntram Ohmacht - Hannover
41. Wolfgang Thadewald - Hannover
42. Horst Margeit - Hamburg
43. Dieter Pohlmeyer - Hannover
44. Harry Harrison - Rungsted
45. Forry Ackerman - Los Angeles
...(Yes, nos. 4 and 9 missing
in original - Rob)
46. Marion Lansdale - Salisbury
47. Ken McIntyre - London
48. Tony Walsh - Berkley
49. Alan Burns - Newcastle
50. John Fairley - Spennymoor
51. Tony Werner - Oxford
52. Valerie Purnell - Bridgemary
53. Peter Mabey - Cheltenham
54. Bob Parkinson - Cheltenham
55. E.W.Cooney - London
56. Norman Shorrock - Liverpool
57. Michael Houghton - Preston
58. Dave Hale - Stourbridge
59. Alan Rispin - London
60. Diane Goulding - London
61. Brian Burgess - London
62. Al J "Ajax" Hoch - Baintree
63. Irene Boothroyd - Huddersfield
64, Dorelle Boothroyd - Huddersfield
65. Donald Franson - Hollywood
66. Harry Gilbert - Manchester
67. Margaret Jones - Cheltenham
68. Eric Jones - Cheltenham
69. Audrey Eversfield - Cheltenham
70. Ernest R. James - Skipton
71. Geoff Winterman - Cheltenham
72. James Cawthorn - Gateshead
73. John Humphries - Cheltenham
74. Harry M. Ball - Ormskirk
75. Wally Johnson - Cheltenham
76. Pat Kearney - London
77. John D. Roles - Liverpool
78. Dr. Ian McAulay - Belfast
79. Walter A. Willis - Belfast
80. Robert Shaw - Belfast
81. James A. White - Belfast
82. Joyce Slater - Wisbech
83. Fredrick J. Yeadon - Burnley
84. Thomas Walker - Skipton
85. Stephen J. Hall - West Calder
86. Don Geldart - Tidworth
87. Bobbie Gray - Cheltenham
88. Bill Gray - Cheltenham
89. Peter Mansfield - Slough
90. Thea Grade - Main/Kastel



for the first science fiction convention to be held in the north of England since 1954. Your collective enthusiasm has overwhelmed use for in taking this annual meeting away from the south we estimated an attendance of 50 - 60 and now find ourselves catering for twice that number! Let us hope that you are not cramped and that every one of you enjoys the weekend thoroughly for it just did not seem fair to clamp down on numbers and turn away keen and bubbling applicants.

Much can be written about Harrogate itself, what a beautiful inland spa town it is, about its history, its waters, and so forth, but this is not necessary. We have obtained colourful brochures for every convention member and we are experimenting by giving programme time to allowing you the opportunity to look round the town and see for yourselves.... do you wish to try your hand at miniature golf? To buy antiques? To take the waters? You'll have the chance. The brochure will help you to map out any route around the town and perhaps you'll use your convention pencil for note—making....?

There are several good restaurants in town but we have obtained full inclusive terms for all attendees residing at either the West Park or the Clarendon and arrangements can be made for any non—resident to take meals along with the bulk of the convention membership.

We have tried to select an entertaining and balanced programme of events, covering the amateur as well as the professional sides of the field. The actual programme will of course be adhered to as strictly as possible and we hope that both speakers,(contestants included!) and audience members will take their places promptly; timing is especially difficult this year because of the programme "spread" between the two hotels. Any time changes, etc., will be announced on the convention notice board, and you are invited to make use of this board for any notices of club meetings, etc., that you might wish to arrange.

As the "man on the spot," perhaps in more senses than one, I would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those hard workers who have made the convention the tremendous success we are sure it will be, and especial thanks are due to Norman Shorrock who has once again produced a first rate convention booklet at a moment's notice. Enjoy yourselves and our efforts will have been worth while.

Welcome, then, to Harrogate! Welcome Tom Boardman, our Guest of Honour, welcome Ron Ellik, our TAFF Delegate from Los Angeles, welcome our Continental delegates, welcome the professionals, welcome the amateurs, yes, welcome YOU!

-- Ron Bennett.

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Some years back, there used to be a little secondhand bookshop in St. Ebbes, Oxford. It's gone now - they've got a couple of main roads and a flyover there instead - but I used to look in there regularly back in the early fifties.

It was there I found what was only the second clothbound science fiction novel I ever bought. It was in perfect condition (which even at that time was more than could be said for me) and it cost only a shilling. Its title was "What Mad Universe", its author was Fredric Brown, and its publisher was T.V. Boardman & Co. Ltd.

Tom Boardman was the first publisher to publish sf regularly as sf. He and Grayson and Grayson were in the field pitching before the boom of '53-'55 began. Grayson and Grayson always sound rather a phantom pair of gentlemen, twins, perpetually young old men dressed in grey; I have never discovered if they actually exist. There is no doubt that Tom Boardman actually exists, and to prove it, he has consented to be our Guest of Honour at this convention.

That's a really splendid idea, for Tom is still in there pitching. Only this year we have seen a new venture from him if not from his publishing firm; he is editing the Mayflower Sci-Fi series, kicking off in fine style with Eric Frank Russell, Kurt Vonnegut, and Fred Pohl. Not only are the titles good, the series is the first in this country to carry non-representational covers, and three cheers for that, say I. We're all intelligent enough to buy a paperback because it is labelled Sci-Fi and not because it shows a picture of a robot bent on forcible matrimony with a toothsome teenager.

You'll also know that the Boardman byline appears regularly in "Books and Bookman", a monthly journal always most hospitable to sf. Somehow I often catch myself tiptoeing past the articles on Angus Wilson and Iris Murdoch to find what Tom Boardman has to say about - well, about the twenty-fifth reissue of a van Vogt under a now title, or whatever it happens to be. Name me another newspaper or magazine in the country that keeps its readers so regularly and so well informed about the current sf (okay, okay, I meant except for the "Oxford Mail").

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I would be falling down badly on this pleasant job of introduction if I did not add that Tom is best known for his series of detective thrillers, the Boardman Bloodhounds. They include the writing of many of this generation's brightest thriller writers, among them Fredric Brown and John Boland. And into his general list Tom has managed to sneak quite a few titles that arc sf without anyone but the educated being aware of it. You may recall a nice shaggy fantasy called "The Village That Wandered" and a scarifying H—bomber saga called "Two Hours to Doom" — the latter being available now as a paperback, and worth a dollar of anyone's money.

Among the sf titles proper issued under the Boardman imprint are "Caves of Steel", "Currents of Space", "Project Jupiter", "This Island Earth", and my favourite, Leigh Brackett's "Sword of Rhiannon" — oh yes, and some of the famed. Lensman series and just a spot of Conan. Ted Carnell's two anthologies, "No Place Like Earth" and "Best From New Worlds" both appeared as Boardman paperbacks long before the paperback flood began.

It will be fun to have Tom Boardman among us for this con. Although I don't know him as well as I would like, he always seems the most convivial and genial of men, even when knee deep in rejectable—looking manuscripts. Tom is an American who has lived in this country (with a few necessary breaks) since he was six weeks old. How many British babies could say the same? Yet he is refreshingly unanglicised. His forcefulness, his good humour, his robust outlook, all strike me as essentially transatlantic qualities. I would say more, were it not that he is at present considering a novel of mine, and I don't want to seem too flowery. Tom is married, and his wife and two children, aged seven and eight, will be in Harrogate with him.

This will be Tom's first convention since the London World Con in 1957. It is great to have him with us making whoopee again. Publishers of science fiction are few and far between. Tom Boardmans are even rarer.

-- Brian Aldiss.

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