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January 2024

Meet Claire Cronshaw

Every Friday, we meet a member of the BFS and peer deep into their soul (or, at least, a form they filled out). This week, it’s Claire Cronshaw’s turn: editor, coach, course leader, Cumbrian-in-Lancashire.

The Phoenix King

The Phoenix King by Aparna Verma Orbit Books, pb, £9.19 Reviewed by Mikaela Silk A kingdom on the verge of war. A King on the verge of insanity. An assassin on the verge of freedom. A princess on the verge of embracing her power. But the scales could tip either… Read More »The Phoenix King

Shown is a graphic that has a purple, black and blue sky with stars and the silhouette of a tree with bare branches. Top left is Robin CM Duncan. He has short hair and a beard and is wearing glasses. Top right is Russell A Smith. There is a plane in the background and he is looking direct at the camera with smile. He has locks and facial hair. Middle left is Kit Power. He has long, brown, wavy hair, facial hair and is wearing glasses. Middle right is Neil Williamson, who has a shaved head and is facial hair. On the bottom right and left is the BFS logo, a red and black dragon design curling around the letters ‘BFS’. In the top middle are lines of white text, saying 'BFS Online Presents: Inspiration. Below are lines of white text, saying ‘Panel: Music, Movies & Media, Kit Power, Russell A Smith, Neil Williamson, Robin CM Duncan (mod)’. At the bottom are lines of white text saying ‘Saturday 20th January, 12 to 12:45pm. Tickets from BFS website.’.

BFS Online: Inspiration – Music, Movies & Media

Music, Movies & Media: A conversation about how different types of media get our creative juices flowing. How does music move you to build worlds and form characters? What changes in a story from page to screen?
Find out more about our panel.

Shown is a graphic that has a purple, black and blue sky with stars and the silhouette of a tree with bare branches. Top left is Daniel McCormack who has short, brown hair and a beard. He is holding a small child on his shoulders. Top right is Rob Cameron, who has cropped black hair. Middle left is R.W.W. Greene, who has long, dark hair and a beard. Middle right is Ivor K. Hill, who has dark, short hair that is swept up and slight facial hair. Bottom left are A.K.M. Beach, a writing duo. He has short, dark hair and glasses and is wearing a dark suit. She has a black dress and is wearing a broad hat. Bottom right is a placeholder for Rien Gray, showing a silhouette of a person against dimly lit buildings. In the top middle are lines of white text, saying 'BFS Online Presents: Inspiration. Below are lines of white text, saying ‘Join us for readings from Daniel McCormack, Rob Cameron, R.W.W. Greene, Ivor K. Hill, A.K.M. Beach, Rien Gray’. At the bottom are lines of white text saying ‘Saturday 20th January, 10am to 6pm. Tickets from BFS website.’.

BFS Online: Inspiration – Readings

We have six readings from a range of authors – fantasy, science fiction and horror – to help you find your next book (or add to that beautiful TBR pile). Bring your favourite tipple and enjoy some first-rate readings from the SFFH community.
Find out more about our readers.

Trial of the Sun Queen

TRIAL OF THE SUN QUEEN by Nisha J. Tull. Orbit Books. p/b. £9.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. Lor has been imprisoned in Nostraza for 12 years and, after all that time, still has no idea why the Aurora King decided to send her and her siblings there. Her brother, Tristan,… Read More »Trial of the Sun Queen

The Darkness Before

THE DARKNESS BEFORE THEM by Matthew Ward. Orbit Books. p/b. £10.99. Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins. In the Kingdom of Khalad, Katija Arvish is a talented thief with one aim – to clear the debts left by her father. Debts that plunged her family into ruin. One big job should do… Read More »The Darkness Before

Meet Sarah Elliott

Every Friday, we meet a member of the BFS and peer deep into their soul (or, at least, a form they filled out). This week, we meet Nottingham-based fan of all things supernatural and vampire, the fabulous Sarah Elliott.