We are delighted to be able to tell you about this year’s Mini Convention and AGM in London, in collaboration with Science Fiction Foundation.
Our special guest is novelist Liz Williams.
Science-Fiction author Williams is the daughter of a stage magician and a Gothic novelist. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Cambridge and is the author of fourteen novels including the Philip K. Dick Award-nominated The Ghost Sister, and Empire of Bones, while Banner of Souls was nominated both for the Philip K. Dick Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. She is also the creator of the popular Inspector Chen novels, and a diarist – two volumes of Diary of a Witchcraft Shop have been published by Newcon Press. She has had numerous short stories published in the likes of Asimov and Interzone and also writes on matters of literature and paganism for The Guardian.
SFF’s special guest is David A. Hardy.
David A. Hardy is the longest-established living space artist, and has illustrated for the likes of Patrick Moore, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan. Hailing from Bournville, he first started producing space art as a teenager, and his early art career was as a packaging designer for Cadbury’s. Since 1970, his science-fiction artwork has graced the covers of hundred of books and magazines, and led him to various other commissions, such as Hawkwind album covers, and working on shows like Tomorrow’s World and Blake’s Seven, and films like The Neverending Story. He is European Vice President of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, and former Vice President of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, as well as having been heavily involved with the Birmingham Science Fiction Group, for which he has been Chairman, Secretary, Newsletter Editor and Publicity Officer.
Venue: Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ
The following schedule may be subject to slight alterations, so please check ahead of travel if there is a particular panel you wish to see. The AGMs will take place during the time assigned to the lunch break on the schedule below.
The event is free and open to all for the panels and interviews, so you don’t need to be a member of either organisation to attend.
09:30am Doors open
10:05am David A. Hardy panel discussion
10:55am Short break
11:05am-11:55am Liz Williams interview
noon-2:30pm Lunch (confirmed lunch venue: Queen’s Arms (https://www.thequeensarmskensington.co.uk/) – it’s a 3min walk away from the Blackett Lecture theatre)
2:30pm-3:20pm David A. Hardy talk
3:30pm-4:20pm Liz Williams panel discussion
Then… (optional) drinks!