Thanks again to Chad Dixon who has provided us with a link to a sound recording made of our London Meeting, A Tribute to Brian Aldiss on 24th January.
The night featured readings and anecdotes about Brian from his daughter Wendy, grandson Tom and author Dave Hutchinson among others.
Our next meeting is a tribute to the legendary novelist Brian Aldiss who passed away in 2017. Although not one of the founder members of the BSFA, Brian was given the #1 membership number very early in its days, and we were honoured to have him as our special guest at the BSFA/SFF joint AGM and mini-convention a couple of years ago.
Brian Aldiss won BSFA Awards in 1971 for his collection, The Moment of Eclipse, and in 1973 won a special award for Billion Year Spree. In 1982 he won the Best Novel award for Helliconia Spring, repeating the win in 1985 for Helliconia Winter.
The evening will feature readings from several authors including BSFA Award-winning Dave Hutchinson.
The BSFA's Monthly London Meetings are FREE!
When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec). Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, 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.
Future meetings: 28th February, we welcome Tade Thompson, author of Rosewater and The Murders of Molly Southbourne.
The last two BSFA London meetings can be heard as audio podcasts.
Paul Cornell, from November 2012: http://thedoctorwhopodcast.com/upload/CornellBSFA.mp3
Dave Hutchinson from January 2013: https://www.dropbox.com/s/529fegd6kx5p5u5/BSFA%20Meeting%2030.1.13.m4a
Thanks to Paul Cornell, Tony Whitmore and the Doctor Who Podcast for the first, and to Dave Hutchinson for the second.
BSFA London Meeting, 30th January
Dave Hutchinson interviewed by Ian Whates
Photograph courtesy of Chad Dixon
Despite the last minute rescheduling from the original date a week prior, this meeting was pleasingly well attended, with some 30-odd in the audience. Dave Hutchinson spoke openly of his experiences as a writer and recovering editor, including how he came to have his first short story collection published at the age of eighteen. A journalist of some twenty-five years standing, Dave also had some interesting opinions on the recent phone-hacking scandal and the state of journalism today. This sparked a discussion involving the audience which could have gone on long into the night had time allowed. Our thanks to everyone who came along.
Location: The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ
On Wednesday 30th January 2013, Dave Hutchinson (writer, editor and journalist; author of The Villages, 2001, and The Push, 2009) will be interviewed by Ian Whates (chair of the BSFA).
Please note the change of date - this meeting is taking place on the fifth Wednesday.
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).
27th February 2013 – Elizabeth Hand, interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn
20th March 2013* – BSFA Awards discussion
24th April 2013 – Lavie Tidhar; interviewer TBC
* Note that due to the proximity of Easter to the fourth Wednesday of the month, this meeting will be held on the third Wednesday.