Many thanks to Chad Dixon who has once again provided media links for the BSFA Meeting interview from Wednesday 24th May when Russell Smith interviewed the Queen of Grimdark herself, Anna Smith-Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives.
We have another York Pubmeet coming up next month, on Saturday 3rd June 2017, this time with genre horror fiction author Steve Toase and scriptwriter Maxine Gee…
In association with the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) and the British Fantasy Society (BFS) we are pleased to announce our third York Pubmeet event for 2017.
We’re also returning to the alarmingly spacious The New York Club, 22-26 Blossom Street, York — turn right out of York station, and right again at the traffic lights, and it’s about 200 yards down the road.
From Frankenstein’s monster in Mary Shelley’s classic, arguably the earliest Sci-Fi novel, to the Remade in China Mieville’s Bas-Lag series, or Ghost in the Shell’s Major Motoko Kusanagi, the body has been a central obsession of fantasy, science fiction and horror. What all these examples share is the imposition on the individual’s body by an outside authority, whether the scientist or the government. Does the individual have control over their own flesh? Do they get to decide what happens to their body, or what type of body their consciousness is placed in? Are they the same person when they occupy another body?
Both Max Gee and Steve Toase explore these themes in their work.
On the evening, Max will present a performance of her script, Virdian, an exploration of enhancement through DNA patches, and the role of the corporation.
Steve will read from his story ‘Not All The Coal That Is Dug Warms The World’, a body-horror story about how the government in the near future takes possession of the bodies those claiming disability benefits to make them ‘productive’.
Both writers’ work deals with real world concerns about government and corporate intrusion, and the individual’s right to self-determination.
Steve is a writer with over sixty published stories to his name, in Aurealis, Innsmouth Magazine, Cabinet des Fees, Not One of Us and Café Irreal amongst others. In 2014 his story Call Out was reprinted in Best Horror of the Year 6. Not All The Coal That Is Dug Warms The World was longlisted for Best Horror of the Year 8, and will soon be recorded for the podcast, Tales To Terrify. He is a regular reviewer for Fortean Times, and has a background in archaeology. He has an MA in Landscape Archaeology, studying embodied experiences of prehistoric landscapes. His blog can be found here: http://stevetoase.wordpress.com/
Max Gee is a freelance screenwriter and playwright who occasionally dabbles in prose. She has adapted Sherlock Holmes and The Speckled Band with Theatre Mill for site specific theatre in York, as well as writing original short science fiction plays (Kagome, Kagome, Off the Rock Productions). Max’s screen work includes Tales of Bacon, a medieval webseries, and Do Androids Dream of Electronic Cigarettes a science fiction inspired web advert. She was commissioned by York based One&Other magazine to write a speculative short story on a future York titled The Crash.
Max is in the final stages of a PhD by Creative Practice in Screenwriting focusing on posthuman noir in Anglo-American films and Japanese animation. Max has published on science fiction screenwriting for the BSFA’s FOCUS magazine and on posthuman noir in Cinema: Journal of Film and Philosophy.
THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND BUT PLEASE DO BOOK A TICKET (FREE)
As always, this event is FREE TO ATTEND, just turn up (preferably before 5pm unless you want to risk some minor humiliation and additional attention… just saying, like).
Do join us if you can, and if you haven’t been before, I assure you we are always (a) very welcoming, (b) very approachable, and (c) very pleased to have you along…
I’m confident that once again it’ll be another great evening, full to bursting with inspiration, but we do need your support and attendance, so please plan ahead and take the time to book a FREE ticket – this helps make organising things in advance that little bit easier.
We’re back at The New York Club, too — much larger than our usual haunts but with limited facilities, cheaper drinks, and well… any feedback would be appreciated afterwards. There’s no food again, but plenty of places nearby (and next door) should we end up decanting elsewhere.
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Start Date: 2017-06-03 Start Time: 16:30 End Date: 20:00
Title: HumberSFF#4 with Peter Crowther and Ramsey Campbell Location: Hull Central Library, Kingston upon Hull, HU1 3TE Link out: Click here Description: HumberSFF #4 Best In Class
HumberSFF is a regular FREE social for fans of the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. Backed by the British Fantasy Society and the British Science Fiction Association, and with the help of Hull Central Library, Humber SFF provides the opportunity to meet others who love the fantasy and speculative fiction genres as well as an opportunity for aspiring writers and published authors to discover more about the industry both locally and nationally.
BEST IN CLASS
The City of Culture’s second season – Roots and Routes – is all about a city connected to the world beyond our port. Accordingly, our guest on Saturday May 27th will be Peter Crowther, and Ramsey Campbell.
Within their fields, both Peter and Ramsey are not simply award winning individuals but undisputed masters.
Peter Crowther is both an editor and author. His written work is available in several collections, and has been adapted for TV. You can read some of it on his site http://www.petercrowther.com/stories.php.
Many now know Peter for his work within PS Publishing. He and his wife Nicky have established PS Publishing as one of the most respected publishers of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in the UK. PS Publishing is one of the few publishers also covering poetry, and though they are based right here in East Yorkshire their reach is global.
Ramsey Campbell writes horror. His bibliography runs from 1957 to present day, and his work has been winning awards since 1978. His work includes Cold Print, The Parasite, Ancient Images, The Long Lost, and The Chimney, but his catalogue is immense.
His horror novels and stories have earned him many accolades including the Grand Master Award at the World Horror Convention in 1999, in 2015 Ramsey received an Honorary Fellowship from John Moores University in his home town of Liverpool for “Outstanding Services to Literature”. He continues to lead the way in horror fiction today. Ramsey is also an exceptional editor, having worked on a number of short story collections that have – naturally – gone on to win awards.
Perhaps the most important aspect of both our guests is not the awards they’ve won or the volume of exceptional stories, novels and publications they have created, but the high regard they are held in by those who read and love their work.
Tickets & attendance are free. However, seats will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis.
As well as the chance to hear both Peter and Ramsey discuss their current works, there will be the chance to win free books in our raffle.
All guests are welcome to join us after the event at the Old English Gentlemen on Worship Street for (possibly free) sandwiches and (definitely not free) drinks! Start Time: 13:00 Date: 2017-05-27
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.
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.
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
JOIN US AT THE ELEVENTH SCIENCE FICTION FOUNDATION MASTERCLASS IN SCIENCE FICTION CRITICISM!
Three days of extremely enjoyable discussion and exchange of ideas and in the delightful environment of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the Masterclass is highly valued by past students. Places are still available on a first come-first served basis. Applications welcomed from Past Masterclasses students.
To apply please send a short (no more than 3,000 words) piece of critical writing (a blog entry, review, essay, or other piece), and a one page curriculum vitae, to email@example.com.
For more details, see: http://www.sf-foundation.org/node/228