We run a variety of events and support a number of others to ensure that there is always an option to meet up virtually or in person. If you are looking for information about our annual convention, Fantasycon, you can find this here.
We have historically run in person events in York, Sheffield, Hull, Glasgow and London, often in partnership with the BFSA. We are keen to work with organisers in these areas, but also to recruit volunteers to run events in different places. Tickets for BFS events can be found here.
We would also be interested in working in partnership with existing event organisers. If you are interested in getting involved, please do get in touch.
We run a programme of online events. This include our “BFS Online” events; a number of one day events, with panels, interviews, readings and open mic. We are also planning a number of workshops focusing on specific skills or writing advice. Online events are free or have a discounted cost for members of the BFS.
This year we hosted our first BFS writing retreat in March. Don’t worry if you missed out – we hope to run more of these in the future. We are very glad to have been able to offer a sponsored place at the retreat and we hope to find more ways to support low income writers as we go forward.
We also attend a number of third party events to promote the Society, meet with members and recruit new ones.
Here is a handy list of dates for your diary:
Satellite 8, 26th – 28th May, Glasgow, https://eight.satellitex.org.uk/
BFS at Bristolcon Fringe, 29th May, 7pm, https://www.bristolcon.org/fringe
Cymera (books), 2nd – 4th June, Edinburgh https://www.cymerafestival.co.uk/
UK Games Expo (games), 2nd – 4th June, NEC Birmingham, https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/
Eurocon, 8th – 11th June, Sweden, https://eurocon2023.se/
BFS Online, August
BFS Online Workshop with Anna Smith Spark, July 16th
BFS Online Workshop with Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, August
Fantasycon, 15th – 17th September, Birmingham, https://www.hwsevents.co.uk/
Innsmouth Literary Festival, 30th September, Bedford https://innsmouthgold.com/innsmouth-literary-festival
Octocon, 7th – 8th October, Dublin, https://2023.octocon.com/
BFS Online Workshop with Juliet E McKenna, October
Worldcon, 18th – 22nd October, China, https://en.chengduworldcon.com/ (note date change)
Bristolcon, October, Bristol, https://www.bristolcon.org/
Octocon, October, Dublin, https://2023.octocon.com/
Worldcon 23, 18th – 22nd October, China, https://en.chengduworldcon.com/ (note date change)
World Fantasy Convention, 26th – 29th October, Kansas City, https://wfc2023.org/
Novacon, 10th – 12th November, Buxton, https://novacon.uk/
BFS Online, November
BFS Online Workshop with Juliet Mushens, November
Dragonmeet (games), December, Hammersmith, London, https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk/
Worldcon 24, 8th – 12th August 2024, Glasgow, https://glasgow2024.org/
World Fantasy Convention 25, 30th October – 2nd November 2025, Birmingham.
BFS Online Workshop with Allen Stroud, December
Please check back soon