Love Scifi? Love Theatre? Then why not visit London’s only SciFi Theatre Festival starting tonight for four nights in Clapham, South London.
Talos: the Science Fiction Theatre Festival of London is the UK’s first and only sci-fi theatre festival staging science fictional plays from all over the world. After the first festival in 2015, Talos returns to stage even more plays with science fiction and fantasy elements, providing a platform for mind-blowing new writing and testing the boundaries of contemporary theatre.Continue reading →
Jeff Noon is an award-winning British cult novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting.
He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His work spans SF and fantasy genres, exploring the ever-changing borderzone between genre fiction and the avant-garde.
He will be interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua, author of Arthur C Clarke shortlisted The Red Men and the novels If Then and The Destructives.
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).
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.
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.
ALL WELCOME – FREE ENTRY
6pm Fans gather
7pm: start of interview.
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).
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.
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.
David A. Hardy panel discussion
Liz Williams interview
Lunch (confirmed lunch venue: Queen’s Arms – it’s a 3min walk away from the Blackett Lecture theatre)