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The Brainening is Upon Us!

Date: 26th April 2015
Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Location: Royal Melbourne Hotel – 629 Bourke St, Melbourne

Continuum’s trivia afternoon is this Sunday! If you’d like to attend but don’t have a team, don’t worry – we can match you up with people on the day, or you can email events@continuum.org.au to let us know you’ll be coming, and we can start matching you up with people now.

If you’ve already organised your team of six to eight players, an RSVP to the Events inbox would be greatly appreciated! Either way, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.


Is Continuum XI your 10th Continuum?

Calling all Continuum lifers; will this be your tenth time attending our convention? Or do you know someone you think may qualify? Even if you’re not planning on attending this year, but are nearing ten years involved with us, we’d still love to hear from you!
Please contact our Membership Officer, Amanda, at membership@continuum.org.au


At the Movies with Continuum

Look, going to see films like Jupiter Ascending or Avengers: Age of Ultron is fun, but it’s even more funin a group of like-minded nerds. Especially when some of us break into helpless tears of laughter over Eddie Redmayne’s acting.
So please help us pick our next films for group outings – check out our facebook page for the poll:https://www.facebook.com/groups/ContinuumCon/


Maskobalo Theme Announced!

This year’s Maskobalo, in true Australian genre-fic and also oncoming-climate-change-dystopia fashion, has the theme of:

Bushrangers of the Apocalypse

Prepare your best suit of homemade tin armour, and come along to a blasted, terrifying wasteland (and I don’t mean Docklands) to dance to the music of the end of the world.


Call for Panelists

The program is being tightened, and we are moving from pencil in to ACTUAL INK PENS. If you want to participate on the program, now is the time! There is still some (limited) opportunity to suggest a panel, but there is lots of opportunity to jump aboard a panel, workshop or round table! Check out http://continuum.org.au/c11/program/ for the list of events and email today (it doesn’t have to be today)!
If you’ve never before spoken on a panel, don’t worry! Programmer Stephanie is going to be holding peoples’ hands* and guiding you through the basics in a very loud voice.

*not physically


Calligraphy Workshops

Continuum offers a lot of writing workshops every year; this year we’re taking it to the extreme with fancy writing. Moya Carroll, Melbourne calligrapher, will be running two skillshare workshops, aimed at those who’ve never before held a dip pen.

Both these workshops are limited to 10 people, and there will be a small fee for materials – which you do, of course, get to keep. Please email programming@continuum.org.au to sign up!


Gothic 101
Textura Quadrata, a form of what you probably know today as Blackletter, was the predominant hand used for creating manuscripts from the 1100s to the 1700s, and carried over into early printing.  Look at this script and you immediately think of monks working by candlelight, wind howling outside the door, possibly letters written in blood. However, if you want to talk writing in the middle ages, or how to use the broad nibs that were the only writing implement up until the 1600s, please book early.

Please note Moya does not encourage writing in blood.  It’s not properly archival and doesn’t have a good consistency for broad pen work.  Also, that’s disgusting.


Pointed Pen 101

English Roundhand was developed in the 17th century, and was written with goosefeather quills. They’re quite hard to come by and even harder to treat, cure, and cut, so we’ll be working with the 19th-century successor, the steel nib.  This is script which appears loose and flowing but in fact takes time, precision and dedication … so we’ll be embarking upon an eight-week* Formal Copperplate course, twelve hours** per day, in which Moya will drill you until your hands fall off. We’ll also cover, very briefly, the history of penmanship, and why it’s an unforgivable abomination*** to suggest Jane Austen used a dip pen.
*One day.
**Two hours.
***Understandable error


Spin us a yarn!

Our Short Story competition closes on midnight, May 1 – make sure you’ve submitted your story to membership@continuum.org.au in time!

Contest details can be found on the Continuum XI website.


Just over one month left for current membership rates

Continuum XI is fast approaching, but you’ve still got time to get tickets at our current rate of $220 regular/$180 concession.
After May 31, prices will increase to our Last Minute rate of $250/$195, so purchase your ticket within the next month to save a little extra on the cost of your attendance.


Sunday Market

Are you a crafter?  An artist?  A small press publisher? A maker of some description?  Then get yourself a table at Continuum’s Sunday Market! We still have a few tables available, and we’d love for you to come along and show us your creations.

When: Sunday, 12-4 pm
Where: Convention foyer
Cost: (members) $10/half table | (non-members) $25 half/table  (Yes! We have full tables available!)
To book a space contact Julia atdealers@continuum.org.au