The 95th British Esperanto Conference

The Circle, Sheffield — Easter weekend, 2014

✪ The annual conference for Esperanto-speakers in the United Kingdom ✪


Welcome to the website of the British Esperanto Conference, which will emanate from the Circle, Sheffield from the 18th to the 20th of April, 2014, which is Easter weekend in Britain.

The conference will feature several guest speakers from overseas, a variety of talks and presentations, and excursions.

We're in the early planning stages so pop back periodically for updates. See you in Sheffield!

The venue

The conference takes place from the Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW.

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Chuck Smith


Chuck Smith is the guest speaker at this year's conference and will be giving three presentations. With an Esperanto career encompassing more in a little over a decade than most people cover in a lifetime, there'll be plenty of subjects from which he can pick.

Chuck's arrival on the Esperanto scene came with a bang - he founded the Esperanto Wikipedia (Vikipedio) in 2001, still the most-visited Esperanto website. He later co-developed the first Esperanto social network (Amikumu) and is currently working on "Urba semajnfino", an event that anyone can run in their locality.

In addition to his programming skills, Chuck also contributes with the written word in his role as the Esperanto blogger for Transparent Language and develops games for Ouya, a crowd-sourced games console in which Esperanto is the second-most popular language behind English.

After graduating Chuck left his native USA and moved to Rotterdam for a year as a volunteer for the youth section of the World Esperanto Association. He now lives in Berlin and will be returning to the UK following his initial visit a decade ago at 2003's conference in Glasgow.

Renato Corsetti


Between 2001 and 2007 Renato Corsetti was president of the World Esperanto Association. He lives in Rome and has been an active member of the Esperanto movement since his youth.

Anna Lowenstein


Author of the books "The Stone City" (available in Esperanto as "La ŝtona urbo") and "Morto de artisto", Anna Lowenstein has worked in many guises for Esperanto over the course of decades. Most recently she has provided the text around which the team at Lernu are developing their new introductory courses.

Judith Meyer


As well as her native German Judith speaks eleven other languages, including Esperanto, Indonesian and Modern Greek. She will share her tips and tricks by giving a presentation on learning languages using free resources.

Judith has assisted in several programs that are associated with Esperanto, and has represented the language to outside audiences and ten conferences and fairs. She is currently organising the 2014 Polyglot Gathering in Berlin and has published several books on learning languages and alphabets, which you can find on her Amazon page.

Paul Gubbins


Paul is the President of the Esperanto Association and edits its magazine, La Brita Esperantisto, as well as the monthly cultural-affairs magazine Monato, written exclusively in Esperanto. Paul has published several books in and about Esperanto, his most important contribution being the English anthology of Esperanto literature Star in a Night Sky.

Jack Warren


Jack is well known to the Esperanto community in the UK, not least because he runs the Esperanto Association's annual Summer School. He is the chief organiser of the conference and will give a presentation on Robin Hood, who may have lived not far from Sheffield.

Hilary Chapman


Hilary has been active in Esperanto since his boyhood, over 50 years ago. He takes a keen interest in the history of Esperanto and so will no doubt enlighten attendees on Sheffield's role in the early days of the Esperanto movement.

You can find some interesting linguistic titbits in his blog.

Ed Robertson


Ed is the editor of "Esperanto en Skotlando" and the trustee responsible for education for the Esperanto Association. During the conference he will lead a mock session for the forthcoming accredited exams in Esperanto that he's currently working on.

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The conference finishes on Sunday, April 20th but for those wanting to stay a bit longer we have two further activities.

Group meal

In keeping with tradition there will be an opportunity for participants to eat together in a restaurant. This year we have chosen to go to the Sheffield branch of the chain Zizzi, which is located about a five-minute walk away from the conference venue.

This is an optional extra for participants and so have to be paid for in addition to the conference fee. The cost is £20.50 for the set menu and the meal will take place once the conference itself is over, which will likely be about 7pm on Sunday, April 20th. A menu is available to view here.

You may have noticed that we previously mentioned a tapas bar called Platillos and have changed the details. Platillos, unfortunately, went out of business on the 31st of January, and so we've changed the venue.

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Day out to Brodsworth Hall

On Monday, April 21st we will visit Brodsworth Hall, a Victorian country house that remains virtually unchanged from 1860. We will travel by coach from Sheffield in the morning and return in the afternoon. Because this is a supplemental activity it must be purchased in addition to the main conference ticket. The cost is £20, which covers coach travel and entry. Members of English Heritage and Histroic Scotland do not have to pay an entry fee (providing they present their membership cards on arrival) and so the cost for them is £10 each.

Brodsworth Hall, the site of our post-congress excursion

One of the grand rooms at Brodsworth

The Victorian kitchen

The beautiful gardens

Brodsworth in the distance

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