HumberSFF#4 with Peter Crowther and Ramsey Campbell

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.
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
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

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.

anna smith-spark author photo

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

Photo R A Smith c/o

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

2017 SFF Masterclass – places still available

Please share.


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

For more details, see:

BAFTA at 70 – 2 for 1 ticket offer

BAFTA SFX Overnighter – Saturday 29 April

 Got no plans this bank holiday weekend? Come to BAFTA at for an all-night cult film extravaganza and enjoy a selection of BAFTA-nominated sci-fi + horror films back on the big screen!

As part of the BAFTA at 70 open weekend, celebrate the work of some of the earliest nominees of the BAFTA Awards for Special Effects. Revisit Poltergeist, E.T., Tron and Silent Running throughout the night on Saturday, with a specially curated food and beverage menu for guests whilst you watch.


Book your tickets here – for a limited period only, use the code BAFTA@70 to get a 2 for 1 ticket offer when booking!

BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini Covention

Location: Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ
Advance Notice!
BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini Convention
June 17th 2017
Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ

Times: 10:00am – 4:30pm (doors open from 09:30am)
BSFA AGM: noon
SFF AGM 1:30pm

Special Guest for BSFA: Anne Charnock

A Calculated Life, Anne’s debut novel, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards. Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind was one of The Guardian’s best SFF books of 2015. Dreams Before the Start of Time is one of Publishers Weekly’s most anticipated titles of Spring 2017.
Special Guest for SFF: Stephanie Saulter.

Stephanie Saulter is the author of the near-future science fiction @Evolution trilogy, including the novels Gemsigns, Binary and Regeneration. She is published by Jo Fletcher/Quercus.

Further guests to be announced.

The event is free and open to all for the panels and interviews, so non-members who wish to attend may wish to take advantage of the AGM times scheduled around lunch to mingle at a nearby venue (one will be suggested closer to the date).
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2017-06-17
End Time: 16:30

BSFA Awards 2016 Winners Announced

The British Science Fiction Association is delighted to announce the winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2016.

Best Novel:
Winner: Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris)


Shortlisted works were:

Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden (Atlantic/Corvus)

Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit (Hodder & Stoughton)

Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris)

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me (Gollancz)

Nick Wood – Azanian Bridges (NewCon Press)


Best Shorter Fiction:
Winner: Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)

Shortlisted works were:
Malcolm Devlin – The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266)

Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)

Una McCormack – Taking Flight (Crises and Conflicts, NewCon Press)

Helen Oyeyemi – Presence (What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Picador)

Tade Thompson – The Apologists (Interzone #266)

Aliya Whiteley – The Arrival of Missives (Unsung Stories)


Best Non-Fiction:
Winner: Geoff Ryman – 100 African Writers of SFF (
Shortlisted works were:

Rob Hansen – THEN: Science Fiction Fandom in the UK 1930-1980 (Ansible Editions)

Erin Horáková – Boucher, Backbone and Blake: The Legacy of Blakes Seven (Strange Horizons)

Anna McFarlane – Breaking the Cycle of the Golden Age: Jack Glass and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)

Paul Graham Raven – New Model Authors? Authority, Authordom, Anarchism and the Atomized Text in a Networked World (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)

Geoff Ryman – 100 African Writers of SFF (

Ann & Jeff VanderMeer – Introduction to The Big Book of Science Fiction (Vintage)


Best Artwork:
Winner: Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)

Shortlisted works were:
Juan Miguel Aguilera – Cover of The 1000 Year Reich by Ian Watson (NewCon Press)

Tara Bush – Transition (Cover of Black Static #53)

Suzanne Dean and Kai & Sunny – Cover of The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (William Heinemann)

David A Hardy – Cover of Disturbed Universes by David L Clements (NewCon Press)

Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)

Chris Moore – Cover of The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (NewCon Press)

The BSFA Awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years – members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon. They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the most worthy examples in each category, but to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about and enjoying all that contemporary science fiction has to offer.