Redemption (convention)

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Name: Redemption
Dates: 1999 - present
Frequency: biennial
Location: England
Type: fan con
Focus: Blake's 7, Babylon 5, general SFF media and literature
Founding Date: 1999
URL: Redemption website

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Redemption is a fan-run, not-for-profit convention running biennially (odd-numbered years) and based in England. The first one was in 1999 and was held in Ashford, Kent. The convention subsequently moved to Hinckley and then Coventry, and the 2017 one has been announced as being in Sheffield.

Redemption has guests, but rather than TV stars, these tend to be episode writers, special effects, make-up, costuming, minor background actors and the like.

2005 Tshirt showing the broader fandom scope

While originally the con was established for fans of Blake's 7 and Babylon 5, it has become much broader in scope; these days, it bills itself as being "for fans of science fiction and fantasy - in any form"[1]. There is programming on literature, other fannish film and TV (new or old), gaming, costuming, slash, and anything else people are interested in running, from belly-dancing to "science in SF" to the regular Wobblevision video-making.


  • Redemption '99: 26–28 February 1999 in Ashford, Kent
    • Guests: Brian Croucher, Joe Nazarro, Sheelagh Wells, Jane Killick & David Walsh
  • Redemption '01: 23–25 February 2001 in Ashford, Kent
    • Guests: Gareth Thomas, Andy Lane, Michael Sheard & David Walsh
  • Redemption '03: 21–23 February 2003 in Ashford, Kent
    • Guests: Chris Boucher, Damian London, Mike Collins & Tanith Lee
  • Redemption '05: 25–27 February 2005 in Hinckley, Leicestershire
    • Guests: Mat Irvine, Jim Mortimore & Jason Carter
  • Redemption '07: 23–25 February 2007 in Hinckley, Leicestershire (the first to describe itself as a 'multimedia science fiction convention')
    • Guests: Scott Fredericks & James Swallow
  • Redemption '09: 20–22 February 2009 in Coventry
    • Guests: Paul Cornell, Rob Shearman & Kev Sutherland
  • Redemption '11: 25–27 February 2011 in Coventry
    • Guests: Ben Aaronovitch & Simon Guerrier
  • Redemption '13: 22–24 February 2013 in Coventry
    • Guests: Virginia Hey & Kim Newman
  • Redemption '15: 20–22 February 2015 in Coventry
    • Guests: Thalia Evans, Jonathan Green & Dave Lally
  • Redemption '17: Announced as being in Sheffield


A lively review from the 2001 convention by Predatrix can be found here.[2] A complete list of convention reports from 1999-2007 can be found here (1999),[3] here (2001),[4] here (2003), here (2005)[5], and here (2007)[6]. Links to con reports for the 2009 and 2011 cons can be found at


  1. Redemption FAQ page (accessed October 14, 2008)
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