Egged on by Phillip Ardargh (tweeter and children’s author), #NonCon trended at No.1 on Twitter yesterday. #NonCon is a non-event, attended by nobody, about nothing, with no speakers, located nowhere. Not even a double negative doesn’t explain what this is all about.


Elen Caldecott: For me, it’s the lack of volunteers giving their time so selflessly that has made the conference what it isn’t #noncon

Jeff Norton: The best thing about nobody attending #NonCon is that the bathroom queues are non-existent.

Phillip Ardargh: I can confirm with 100% certainty that this year #NonCon has gone GLOBAL. People from all over the world are not attending.

Scottish Book Trust: Join the final day of @philipardagh‘s non-conference at #noncon. You’ll need your non-badge but non-pastries are available!

Sue Ransom: Feeling a little fragile after not going to the #NonCon tweetup last night without @PhilipArdagh

Robert Kirkwood: Busy broadcasting all of the keynote speeches at #NonCon If you can’t hear it, experience the fun by switching your radio off.

Scholastic UK: Publishers, we’ve asked our printers not to rush proofs through for @philipardagh‘s #NonCon. Have you?


.. complete nonsense!

Okay and my feeble attempts:

Look at these prolific notes I haven’t taken today at #NonCon

(cue the picture)

At least we can guarantee that #NonCon is one place in the UK where #MargaretThatcher will not be mentioned.

(cue my last blog /rant)


Finally, as a historical detour, did Henry VIII start the nonsense trend back in the 16th century when he built ‘Nonsuch Palace’? What on earth did ‘nonsuch’ mean back then? What was inside it?

Even if I didn’t have to write copy today, I’d still be tempted not to complete this blog with an etymology.

By Liz Holt