Forty-two years and counting...
In the beginning
Damon Knight was the prime mover for the original US meetings in Milford, Pennsylvania. James and Judy Blish, also founder members, moved to the UK and introduced Milford over here. A somewhat uninhibited report of the first UK Milford in 1972 can be found in Chris Priest's 2008 non-fiction collection "It" Came from Outer Space. According to this the Blishes organized it, Anne McCaffrey chaired it, and the rank and file consisted of Mark Adlard, Brian Aldiss, John Brunner, Ken Bulmer, George Locke ('Gordon Walters'), John Murry ('Richard Cowper'), John Phillifent ('John Rackham'), Chris Priest, David Redd, Josephine Saxton, Andrew Stephenson and Peter Tate.
UK Milford was held from 1972 until 1988 at Milford-on-Sea in Hampshire each
autumn. After seventeen years it moved to The Square Hotel, Cheltenham from 1989 to 1990, and Margate from 1991 to 1993. In 1994 and 1995 Milford moved to Rothbury in Northumberland and then from 1996 through to 2001 it was held on a windswept cliff top at the Bowden Close Hotel in Maidencombe, Devon, being forced to find a new home in 2002 when, after six years, the hotel converted to self-catering apartments. From 2002 - 2003 it resided at the Hedley House Hotel near Bootham Bar in York's city centre where a couple of MiniMilfords (weekends) had been held previously. In 2004 Milford moved to its present home, Trigonos in Nantlle village, North Wales, not far from Caernarvon and within sight of Mount Snowdon. Twelve years and counting as of 2015...
Some of the names from Milford's early years are no longer with us; some are out of contact. Records from the early years are sporadic, so this is not a complete list. If you attended, or know of someone who should be listed here, please let us know by emailing: jacey (at) jaceybedford (dot) co.uk . If you have an email address for them, so much the better.
Al Robertson * Alan Dunn * Alan Farmer * Alastair Rennie * Alastair Reynolds * Alex Lamb * Alex Stewart * Amy Tibbetts * Andrew Stephenson * Andy Lane * Andy Oldfield * Angela Shackleton Hill * Anna Feruglio Dal Dan * Anne McCaffrey (RIP) * Ben Jeapes * Bob Neilson * Bob Parkinson * Bobbie Lamming * Brian Aldiss * Bruce Sterling * Charles Stross * Charlie (Carl) Allery * Charlotte Franke-Winheller (RIP) * Cheryth Baldry * Chris Amies * Chris Butler * Chris Evans * Chris Paul * Chris Priest * Christina Lake * Claire Weaver * Colin Brush * Colin Davies * Colin Greenland * Colin Harvey * Dan Morgan (RIP) * Dave Clements * Dave Langford * David Allen * David Barrett * David Garnett * David Kyle * David Marusek * David Nickle * David Rain (Tom Arden) * David Turnbull * David Redd * Dayle Dermatis * Deborah Judith Walker * Deirdre Counihan * Deirdre Saoirse Moen * Diana Reed * Diana Wynne Jones (RIP)* Donald Mead * Duncan Lunan * Elizabeth Wein * Gaie Sebold * Garry Kilworth * Geoff Ryman * George Locke * George R R Martin * Graham Andrews * Gus Smith * Guy Martland * Gwyneth Jones * Heather Lindsley * Ian Creasey * Ian Nichols * J Ardian Lee * Jacey Bedford * Jackie Hatton * Jaine Fenn * James Blish (RIP)* James Gotaas * James Maxwell * Jane Fletcher * Jane Killick * Jason Tanner * Jeffery Wallman * Jerry Schutz (RIP) * Jim Anderson * Jim Goddard * John Brunner (RIP) * John Clute * John Moran * John Phillifent (Rackham) (RIP) * Josephine Saxton * Judith Anne Lawrence * Judy Blish * Julia Hawkes-Moore * Julian Flood * Karen Traviss * Karen Williams * Kari Sperring * Kat Patrick * Kelly Eskridge * Ken Bulmer (RIP) * Kevin Smith * Lisa Tuttle * Liz Counihan * Liz Holliday * Liz Sourbut * Liz Williams * Malcolm Edwards * Marianne LeConte * Marion Pitman * Mark Adlard * Mark Bilsborough * Mark Harding * Mark Tompkins * Mary Gentle * Matt Colborn * Maxim Jakubowski * Merrie Haskell * Mike Lewis * Molly Brown * Nancy Jane Moore * Neil Gaiman * Neil Williamson * Neile Graham * Nick Moulton * Nicola Griffith * Pamela Boal / Stephanie Joyce (RIP) * Pamela Bulmer (Kathryn Buckley) * Patrice Duvic (RIP) * Patricia Wrede * Paul Barnett/John Grant * Paul Kincaid * Paul Laville * Paul Tabori (RIP) * Pauline Morgan (Pauline Dungate) * Peter Beere * Peter Garratt (RIP) * Peter Nicholls * Peter Szentmih lyi Szab¢ * Peter Tate * Phil Gladwyn * Phil Suggars * Pip Maddern (RIP 2014) * Rachel Pollack * Randal Flynn * Richard Cowper (RIP) * Richard Evans (RIP) * Rob Holdstock (RIP) * Robert Vamosi * Rosanne Rabinowitz * Ruth Nestvold * Samuel R Delany * Sandra Unerman * Sarah Singleton * Scott Baker * Stefan Högberg * Steve Jones * Steve Kilbane * Stuart Falconer * Sue Oke * Sue Thomason * Susan Booth * Sylvie Denis * Terie Garrison * Terry Edge * Terry Jackman * Tiffani Angus * Tina Anghelatos * Tony Richards * Una McCormack * Val Nolan * Vaughan Stanger * Wenonah Lyon.
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