BSFA London Meeting Wednesday May 24th Anna Smith-Spark interviewed by RA Smith

Location: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  EC1Y 8ND
 BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

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This month’s guest is Queen of Grimdark, Anna Smith-Spark, whose debut novel The Court of Broken Knives was described by Clarke Award-winner Adrian Tchaikovsky as “Fierce, gripping fantasy, exquisitely written; bitter, funny and heart-rending by turns”. Anna has a BA in Classics, an MA in history and a PhD in English Literature. She has previously been published in the Fortean Times and the poetry website www.greatworks.org.

Photo R A Smith c/o https://projectshadowlondon.wordpress.com/

Anna is interviewed by Russell Smith (R. A. Smith) – is the author of Oblivion Storm and Primal Storm from The Grenshall Manor Chronicles series. He is a graduate of MMU where he studied for his BA in English and his MA in Creative Writing.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  EC1Y 8ND
Nearest Tube/NatRail: Old St-exit 3 (->Barbican).  Brewery: Fullers.  Hot food available.  SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)
Some attendees join the Speaker/Meeting Organisers later for an informal (usually Thai) meal. (though no obligation to partake).

June 17th – Mini convention and SFF/BSFA AGM
June 28 – TBA
July 26 – TBA
Start Time: 19:00

BSFA London Meeting April 26th: Nik Abnett interviewed by Donna Scott

Location: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  EC1Y 8ND

Nik Abnett has been a prolific writer for many years, working in mediums as diverse as comics, training manuals, and ghost writing the odd novel or two. As Nik Vincent, she has significantly added to the Black Libraries’ Warhammer and Warhammer 40K canon, including many collaborative works written with her partner Dan Abnett. Savant is her first solo, independent full-length work of fiction. She is currently working on a computer game, and a companion novel to Savant.
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Donna Scott is Chair of the British Science Fiction Association and a well-respected editor within genre, and has worked with Immanion, Angry Robot, Games Workshop and many independent presses. She has recently worked on Alan Moore’s Jerusalem and her current project is the Best of British Science Fiction 2016 anthology for Newcon Press. As a stand-up, she reached the semi-finals of Jongleurs Comedy Callback in 2009 and the semi-finals of Old Comedian  in 2016. She recently performed her first solo show The Pleasant Revolt about the history of social justice at Leicester Comedy Festival.
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The order of the evening usually goes like this:
6:00 pm People gather
7:00 pm Interview
8:00 pm Q & A
8:30pm Book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  EC1Y 8ND
Nearest Tube/NatRail: Old St-exit 3 (->Barbican).  Brewery: Fullers.  Hot food available.  SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)
Some attendees join the Speaker/Meeting Organisers later for an informal (usually Thai) meal. (though no obligation to partake).
May 23 – TBA
June 28 – TBA

BSFA London Meeting March 22nd: Andrew Wallace interviewed by Faith Lee

This month’s guest is Andrew Wallace, author of the Diamond Roads series of novels, which follow the challenges facing Charity Freestone and her family in 24th Century Diamond City.

img_0274Following stage productions of his plays ‘Byron’ and ‘The Scissors Angel’ Andrew’s Radio 4 play, ‘Burn Your Phone’ was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award and turned into a film on BBC2 starring and directed by Alan Cumming. He followed commissions for the feature-length script of acclaimed short ‘The Cutter’ and an adaptation of the novel ‘As Good As It Gets’ with the BBC7 show ‘Wonderworld’ and wrote regularly for Radio 4’s flagship comedy ‘Look Away Now’. He has produced three Edinburgh shows including ‘The Free Three’ and ‘Seething Is Believing’ and created the ‘Vengeance’ and ‘Bloody Mary’ shows for the London Dungeon.

Andrew will be interviewed by fantasy novelist F.D. Lee, author of the Pathways Tree series.

 

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  EC1Y 8ND
Nearest Tube/NatRail: Old St-exit 3 (->Barbican).  Brewery: Fullers.  Hot food available.  SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)
Some attendees join the Speaker/Meeting Organisers later for an informal (usually Thai) meal. (though no obligation to partake).

Apr 26-   Nik Abnett interviewed by Donna Scott
May 23 – TBA
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2017-03-22

BSFA London Meeting February 22nd: Adrian Tchaikovsky

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

This month our guest is Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Adrian Tchaikovsky.

Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, and he joins us as the second volume in his Echoes of the Fall series celebrates its publication date – that’s The Bear and the Serpent, the sequel to The Tiger and the Wolf. See the very pretty covers below…

Adrian of course had a great 2016 as his brilliant science fiction novel Spiderlight won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and apparently he has lots more top SF in store for us this year. Come and find out what Adrian has been writing about…

… and joining us as interviewer for Adrian is Ian Whates!

Ian is the author of the City of a Hundred Rows fantasy series, and in science fiction The Noise series published by Solaris and The Dark Angels series published by Newcon, of which the much-anticipated second volume, The Ion Raider is being launched at Eastercon. Ian is also famous as the brains behind Newcon Press, and is a Director of the BSFA, having been the Chair before me…

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fand meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  EC1Y 8ND
Nearest Tube/NatRail: Old St-exit 3 (->Barbican).  Brewery: Fullers.  Hot food available.  SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)
Some attendees join the Speaker/Meeting Organisers later for an informal (usually Thai) meal. (though no obligation to partake).

Upcoming meetings:
Mar 22-   Andrew Wallace
Apr 26-   TBA

BSFA London Meeting Wed 23rd November: Ian Whates

Location: The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND

Ian Whates is a tour de force in the realms of sff. Author of the City of a Hundred Rows books (City of Dreams and Nightmare, City of Hope and Despair, and City of Light and Shadow) published by Angry Robot and The Noise Within and The Noise Revealed published by Solaris, and the excellent Pelquin’s Comet from his ongoing Dark Angels series, Ian is also a prolific short story writer, and was shortlisted for the BSFA Best Short Fiction Award in 2007. As an editor, Ian has presided over the Solaris Rising series, and his own independent publishing house, the multi-award winning Newcon Press. He is also a former Chair of the BSFA, and one of it’s current Directors.

“Born story-teller Ian Whates takes us on a gripping, terrifying trip-of-a-lifetime, through the heights and depths of the exotically grim city of Thaiburley, in this excellent fantasy thriller.”
– World Fantasy Award-winning author, Tanith Lee

He is interviewed by Gerard Earley, who runs the Science Fiction Book Club in London.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY
SCHEDULE
6pm Fans gather
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-11-23

NB: there is no event in December. We’ll be back 25th January.

Media links and pics from Jason Arnopp and Scott K. Andrews: BSFA Meeting, 26th October 2016

If you missed last night’s BSFA meeting in London, or just want to pretend you’re back there again because you enjoyed it so much, there is a video link of the proceedings over on Twitter here.

An audio only link is available here.

That’s an hour of awesomeness to you!

Once again, we have Chad Dixon to thank for providing these, and here he is with Jason and Scott in the pub last night. Ooh, indeed!

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Next month, our guest is Ian Whates!

Recording of Edward Cox interviewed by Al Robertson at the Artillery Arms

Thanks once again to Chad Dixon who has sent us the audio recording of Edward Cox talking with Al Robertson at The Artillery Arms on Wednesday 28th September.

Listen to the conversation here.

And here they all are, looking fab and smiley.

 

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BSFA London Meeting Wed 26th October: Jason Arnopp interviewed by Scott K. Andrews

Location: The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND
 Jason Arnopp is the former editor of Kerrang magazine turned scriptwriter extraordinaire. Author of various BBC and Big Finish Doctor Who works, scriptwriter of numerous horror features, he is also the author of The Last Days of Jack Sparks published this year by Orbit.

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Jason is interviewed by Scott K. Andrews, who is the author of The Timebomb books published by Hodder & Stoughton and The Afterblight Chronicles: School’s Out books for Abaddon books.

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ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY
SCHEDULE
6pm Fans gather
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).

Start Time: 19:00

BSFA London Meeting Charles Stross interviewed by Edward James 22nd June 2016

Location: Keynes library at Birkbeck University: 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

Charles Stross, 51, is a full-time science fiction writer and resident of Edinburgh, Scotland. The author of seven Hugo-nominated novels and winner of three Hugo awards for best novella, Stross’s works have been translated into over twelve languages: his most recent novel, “The Annihilation Score”, was published by Ace (in North America) and Orbit (UK/Commonwealth) in July 2015. His work has also been shortlisted for the Clarke, Nebula, and Locus awards.

Like many writers, Stross has had a variety of careers, occupations, and job-shaped-catastrophes in the past, from pharmacist (he quit after the second police stake-out) to first code monkey on the team of a successful dot-com startup (with brilliant timing he tried to change employer just as the bubble burst). Along the way he collected degrees in Pharmacy and Computer Science, making him the world’s first officially qualified cyberpunk writer (just as cyberpunk died).

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He will be interviewed by BSFA Best Non-Fiction Award-winning critic Edward James.

This event will be held in conjunction with the London Science Fiction Research Community.

 

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE
6pm Fans gather
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-06-22

Future events see us return to the Artillery Arms:

On 27 July we have Tessa Farmer interviewed by Mark Pilkington.
On 28 September Ed Cox will be interviewed by Al Robertson.

 

 

 

BSFA London Meeting 25th May: Justina Robson interviewed by Kate Keen

Map here: https://goo.gl/maps/LXVVk24ipCM2

Justina Robson was born in Yorkshire, England in 1968. After completing school she dropped out of Art College, then studied Philosophy and Linguistics at York University. She sold her first novel in 1999 which also won the 2000 amazon.co.uk Writers’ Bursary Award.

Justina_RobsonShe has also been a student (1992) and a teacher (2002, 2006) at The Arvon Foundation, in the UK, (a centre for the development and promotion of all kinds of creative writing). She was a student at Clarion West, the US bootcamp for SF and Fantasy writers, in 1996.

Her books have been variously shortlisted: for The British Science Fiction Best Novel Award, including the 2015 for her latest novel “Glorious Angels”, for the Arthur C Clarke Award, the Philip K Dick Award and the John W Campbell Award. An anthology of her short fiction, “Heliotrope”, was published in 2012. In 2004 Justina was a judge for the Arthur C Clarke Award on behalf of The Science Fiction Foundation.

Her novels and stories range widely over SF and Fantasy, often in combination and often featuring AIs and machines who aren’t exactly what they seem. She is the proud author of “The Covenant of Primus” (2013) – the authorised history and ‘bible’ of The Transformers.

She lives in Yorkshire with her partner, three children, a cat and a dog and is working on her twelfth novel.

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Kate Keen lives in a house full of books about science fiction, classics, and psychology. Her husband and cat are also in there somewhere. Kate pays for all the bookshelves and cat food by managing IT contracts and software licenses. She is on the committee for Nine Worlds Geekfest 2016.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY

SCHEDULE
6pm: people start gathering and liaising in the bar.
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).

For further information about BSFA events in London, contract Andrea Dietrich (BSFA London Events Officer) at bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com or via Twitter @MrsPassepartout

If you can’t make it in person, why not join us in virtual reality? We’ll be broadcasting the event live via the Periscope app. All you need to do is download the free App and follow @lapswood8 (Chad Dixon) on twitter. Chad will be sending out a “Five Minutes to Air” tweet to give you time to get ready to watch so make sure you get the notifications alert.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-05-25

BSFA London Meeting Aliette de Bodard Interviewed by Edward Cox March 23rd

Aliette de Bodard in conversation with Edward Cox Wedensday March 23rd 2016

PLEASE NOTE LAST MINUTE CHANGE TO VENUE.

Aliette de Bodard is the BSFA-Best Novel nominated author of The House of Shattered Wings, her latest novel published by Gollancz, and she has also previously been a finalist for the Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award. Her Aztec mystery-fantasies, Servant of the Underworld, Harbinger of the Storm, and Master of the House of Darts, published by Angry Robo are currently being released as ebooks by the JABberwocky agency ebook programme. She lives in Paris.

She is interviewed by Edward Cox, the award nominated author of The Relic Guild trilogy (THE RELIC GUILD, THE CATHEDRAL OF KNOWN THINGS and THE WATCHER OF DEAD TIME). He has been a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire.

Location: LAST  MINUTE CHANGE:

Sutton Arms, 6 Carthusian Street, London EC1M 6EB

MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/mUSay5XAsnp

Start Time: 19:00, room open from 6pm, fans gathering in the bar downstairs from 5pm onwards.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)
The interview will start at 7 pm.
There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

April Meeting: Tessa Farmer, date TBC.

For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com

BSFA London Meeting 24th February 2016: Gareth L. Powell interviewed by Peter F. Hamilton

Location: The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND
MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/cKQsbT9HDE12

Gareth L. Powell is the author of the novels Silversands, The Recollection, Ack-Ack Macaque (winner of 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel), Hive Monkey and Macaque Attack.

 Peter F. Hamilton was born in Rutland in 1960 and he is the bestselling author of the Night’s Dawn Trilogy. He began writing in 1987, and sold his first short story to Fear magazine in 1988. He has also been published in Interzone and the In Dreams and New Worlds anthologies, and several small press publications. His first novel was Mindstar Rising, published in 1993, and he has been steadily productive since then. His story “The Suspect Genome” by Peter F. Hamilton (Interzone 156) won the BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction in 2000.

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Start Time: 19:00, room open from 6pm, fans gathering in the bar downstairs from 5pm onwards.

 

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm.

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-02-24

 

BSFA London Meeting January 27th: Jeff Noon interviewed by Gerard Earley

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Jeff Noon, playwright, short story writer and author of many novels including Vurt, Pollen, Automated Alice, Nymphomation, Pixel Juice, Needle in the Groove, Falling out of Cars will be discussing his twenty plus year career and works with Gerard Earley, organiser of the ScienceFictionBookClub.org

Location: Upstairs, The Reliance, 336 Old Street, EC1V 9DR
MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/cKQsbT9HDE12

Start Time: 19:00, room open from 6pm, fans gathering in the bar downstairs from 5pm onwards.

Map is here .

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm.

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Future Meetings:

February 25th: Gareth L. Powell interviewed by Peter F. Hamilton.

For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com

BSFA London Meeting: Emma Newman interviewed by Edward Cox 28th October 2015

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

Emma Newman writes dark short stories and science fiction and urban fantasy novels. ‘Between Two Thorns’, the first book in Emma’s Split Worlds urban fantasy series, was shortlisted for the BFS Best Novel and Best Newcomer awards. Emma’s next book, Planetfall, will be a standalone science fiction novel published by Ace/Roc in November. Emma is a professional audiobook narrator and also co-writes and hosts the twice Hugo-nominated podcast ‘Tea and Jeopardy’ which involves tea, cake, mild peril and singing chickens. Her hobbies include dressmaking and playing RPGs. She blogs at www.enewman.co.uk.

EmmaEdward Cox is the author of THE RELIC GUILD and THE CATHEDRAL OF KNOWN THINGS, published by Gollancz. Represented by John Berlyne of the Zeno Agency.

During the 2000’s, Edward published a host of short stories, earned a BA and MA in creative writing, and went on to lecture in the same subject. He now resides in the Essex countryside with his fabulous wife and daughter, where they’re surrounded by fine greenery and spiders the size of your hand.Edward

Start Time: 19:00, room open from 6pm, fans gathering in the bar downstairs from 5pm onwards.

Map is here .

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm.

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-10-28

BSFA London Meeting 12th August 2015 – Peter Hamilton – Interviewed by Gareth L. Powell

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Our August London event will feature a VERY special guest. Peter Hamilton will be our guest on 12th August (please note this is the 2nd Wednesday of the month rather than the 3rd). We will confirm the venue shortly. And of course, the fabulous Gareth L. Powell, writer of the Ack Ack Macaque series of novels, and BSFA Best Novel Award winner.

Location: Blackett Lecture Theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory Building, Imperial College London. Map is here.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm.

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

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For further information about the London meetings, contact Andrea Dietrich, London Meetings Organiser, bsfa.london.meetings@gmail.com
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2015-08-12

BSFA London Meeting May 2015- Edward James interviewed by Phil Dyson

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND
On Wednesday 27th May 2015, Edward James (winner of the BSFA 2014 Award for Non-Fiction for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers in the Great War) will be interviewed by Phil Dyson.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here.

FUTURE EVENTS:

24th June 2015-Sarah Pinborough interviewed by James Barclay

22nd July 2015- Rebecca Levene- Interviewed by Leila Abu El Hawa

Podcast: Claire Corbett interviewed by Colin Harvey

On Monday 24th November, our guest at The Artillery Arms was Claire Corbett, the Ned Kelly Award-shortlisted author of When We Have Wings. She was interviewed by academic writer Colin Harvey and the conversation gave a fascinating insight into her research of the mechanics of flight, as well as a discussion of considerations of the morality of such bodily modification and how working as an editor on Jane Campion’s gorgeous film The Piano helped her with the writing process.

We recorded the interview here for the benefit of members who couldn’t be there, but we don’t have fancy equipment so please note that not all the audience questions are picked up, and there is a little background noise too. Live is best, so we do hope to see you at one of the events on our calendar soon. We are scouting for more towns and places to run events in, so watch this space.

Next London meeting, the Philip K Dick Award-shortlisted Anne Charnock, author of A Calculated Life, will be interviewed by BSFA Award-winning author Adam Roberts. That’s on 28th January.

May BSFA London Meeting: Janet Edwards interviewed by Ian Drury

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Location: The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ

On Wednesday 22nd May 2013, Janet Edwards (author of the Earth Girl trilogy) will be interviewed by Ian Drury.

ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY (Non-members welcome)

The interview will start at 7 pm. We have the room from 6 pm (and if early, fans are in the ground floor bar from 5ish).

There will be a raffle (£1 for five tickets), with a selection of sf novels as prizes.

Map is here. Nearest Tube: Chancery Lane (Central Line).

FUTURE EVENTS:
26th June 2013**James Smythe, interviewed by TBC
24th July 2013*  – Cory Doctorow, interviewed by Tom Hunter

28th August 2013- Ian Stewart, interviewed by Stephen Baxter

* Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.

** Due to personal reasons, Catheyrnne Valente is no longer able to attend.

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