BSFA London Meeting Gaie Sebold, Farah Mendlesohn, Susan Gray and Russell Smith 27th July 2016

Location: The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8ND

In a change to the previously advertised line-up, we have a night of readings and chat with four awesome guests.

Photo Gaie Sebold c/o

Gaie Sebold – Author of the steamy Babylon Steel series, and the steampunk fantasy Shanghai Sparrow books, published by Solaris, she is also an award-winning poet.

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Photo Farah Mendlesohn c/o

Farah Mendlesohn – Award-winning science fiction and fantasy critic, and Professor and Head of the Department of English and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, Farah’s latest publication is Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction, co-authored with Michael Levy.

Photo Susan Gray c/o

Photo Susan Gray c/o

Susan Gray aka SuzieGeeForce, is a Science Fiction spoken word artist and playwright with several productions under her belt and is Artistic Director at Stars or Mars Theatre. She is studying for a Creative Writing PhD in Science Fiction and Theatre.

Photo R A Smith c/o

Photo R A Smith c/o

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.


6pm Fans gather
7pm: start of interview.
8pm Q&A
8.15pm: book raffle (win a selection of sf novels for just £1 for 5 tickets).

On 28 September Ed Cox will be interviewed by Al Robertson.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2016-07-27


September BSFA London Meeting: Sara Maitland Interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

Location: Upstairs, The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND



On Wednesday 24th of September 2014, Sara Maitland (author of Gossip From the Forest, other fiction and non-fiction) will be interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn (Professor of Literary History at Anglia Ruskin University).

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.


*29th October 2014- David Bradley (SFX Magazine) interviewed by Scott K. Andrews

*19th November 2014- Claire Corbett interviewed by Colin Harvey

December- No meeting as usual.

*Please note these are the fifth and third Wednesdays respectively.



February BSFA London Meeting: Elizabeth Hand interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn

Issue12_hand_287x360Location: The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ

On Wednesday 27th February 2013Elizabeth Hand (author of, among others, Waking the Moon, Black LightMortal Love, and Radiant Days) will be interviewed by Farah Mendlesohn (Professor of Literary History at Anglia Ruskin University).

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).

20th March 2013* – BSFA Awards discussion
24th April 2013 – Lavie Tidhar; interviewer TBC
22nd May 2013** – Aliette de Bodard; 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.

** Note that this is a month with five Wednesdays. The meeting will be on the fourth, not the last, Wednesday of the month.

Professor Farah Mendlesohn

The BSFA wishes to offer its congratulations to Farah Mendlesohn, who has just been appointed as Professor and Head of Department at the Department of English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Farah is well-known in the sf field.  Many have benefited from her organizational energy and contributions to more conventions and conferences than can be listed here (most recently Head of Exhibits for the London in 2014 Worldcon bid), to the Science Fiction Foundation (for whom she served as Chair and editor of Foundation – The International Review of Science Fiction), to the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (of which she was President) and to the BSFA.  One of her less celebrated achievements is her time as BSFA London Meetings Organizer from 2004 to 2007, when she turned round what was becoming a moribund event and made it an important part of the London SF calendar.

She will now bring the organisational skills she employed for the above to her new role as Head of Department.  The Professorship recognises the important contributions she has made to academic research on science fiction and fantasy in the past decade.  She has written three important and excellent monographs,  Diana Wynne Jones and the Children’s Fantastic Tradition (2005), Rhetorics of Fantasy (2008) and The Inter-galactic Playground: A Critical Study of Children’s and Teens’ Science Fiction (2009), and edited Polder: A Festschrift For John Clute and Judith Clute (2006) and On Joanna Russ (2009).  With Edward James she has co-written A Short History of Fantasy (2009), and co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003), which won a Hugo Award for Best Related Book in 2005, and (just published this week) The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature.

BSFA voters gave her the 2003 and 2008 Best Non-fiction Awards, for the introduction to The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction and Rhetorics of Fantasy, and she was shortlisted for Polder and A Short History of Fantasy.

It is also pleasing to see Anglia Ruskin, through this appointment, further strengthening their research and teaching interests in science fiction and fantasy.

We wish Farah all the best in her new position.