Festival of The Imagination 1996 – The Chair Speaks

Being the main part of page 3 of the January 1996 Newsletter. Details from page 4 that are mentioned can be found at the newsletter summary page; those from page 9 may or may not be transcribed later.

Welcome to the penultimate newsletter for the Festival of the Imagination 1996. This newsletter will be the last one being distributed to Australia in blind mailings. We will be producing a final newsletter in March with the Postal Voting forms for the Ditmars and ASFMAs. This will be available in shops, albeit without the forms, but if you aren’t a member by then or on the mailing list (without any obligation), you won’t receive it.

The big news for this newsletter is that Storm Constantine is our new guest. Storm is a great person, a rising star in the fantasy field, and a real gas at a con. We are very lucky to have her coming, and I’m sure you’ll agree that she is a great choice. See page 4 for more information. As you can see below, we have a pretty impressive guest line-up attending the conference, and we hope to add even more names in the near future.

Would all those members (or prospective members) who are thinking about staying at the con Hotels please book a room soon. We can obtain more block bookings at the special conference rate, but we need to make sure rooms are available. Rooms in the primary Hotel are almost all gone, so don’t miss out – book now.

Well, that’s about all from me this time. I want to draw all our WA readers’ attentions to the Quiz night (well, afternoon), which is sure to be a blast and has great prizes too (see page 9). We hope to see you there. If you have any questions, please write, phone, email, or heck, just drop by; we’re always happy to talk to members and the fan community.

See you at the con!

Richard Scriven
Chair, Festival of the Imagination 1996

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