4th 2017 York Pubmeet – MODERN VOICES IN FANTASY FICTION – Meet the Authors…

Saturday, 14 October 2017 from 16:30 to 19:30 (BST)

Hello again!

Yes, we have another crackin’ York Pubmeet event coming up this month, on Saturday 14th October 2017 in fact, with fantasy authors Anna-Smith Spark and R J Barker reading from their own work and taking questions on all things related to fantasy writing…

If you want any of their books signing, please feel free to bring them along, too!

We’re also returning to The Falcon Tap, inside the reassuring solidity of The Bunker!

To find it: turn right out of York station, and left at the traffic light junction at the top of the road, and then walk up Micklegate. The Falcon Tap is on the left and The Bunker is at the back of the pub!  The Falcon Tap is also probably one of York’s best kept secrets, so you should check it out anyway ‘cos the staff are just awesome!

The Falcon Tap: http://thefalcontap.co.uk


AUTHOR - Anna-Smith Spark

Anna-Smith Spark is the author of The Court of Broken Knives, the highly acclaimed first book in the epic Empire of Dust series. You can read about this stunning series here: The Court of Broken Knives

You can find out more about Anna-Smith Spark HERE.

AUTHOR - R J Barker

R J Barker’s Age of Assassins is the first book in Barker’s The Wounded Kingdom Trilogy and has received great reviews already: Age of Assassins on Goodreads

You can read an interview with author R J Barker HERE.


As always, this event is FREE TO ATTEND – just turn up!  Preferably before 5pm though!


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 see you!


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 at our end.

For further info, updates and/or queries, please follow us on Twitter:


@mangozoid (organiser)



Media Links for BSFA Meeting 24th May, Anna Smith-Spark interviewed by RA Smith

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.

You can find the video replay here. 

And the audio-file can be found here.

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 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