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BFS Online: Inspiration

BFS Online Presents ‘Inspiration’ Join the British Fantasy Society for an online day of panels, interviews & readings on the topic of inspiration. What inspires the worlds & characters we create? And how do stories inspire the real world around us? Saturday 20th January, 10am to 6pm Tickets from BFS website

Event Date:

20 January, 2024

Event Time:

10:00 am GMT

Event Location:

Join the British Fantasy Society for an online day of panels, interviews & readings on the topic of inspiration. What inspires the worlds and characters we create? And how do stories inspire the real world around us?

Introduction & Welcome (10–10:15am)

Panel 1 (10:15–11am): Fairytales, Gods & Monsters. A discussion on how myths and legends inspire works of fantasy and horror. Why do the old stories still fascinate us? How do we keep them fresh and new? Join moderator PS Livingstone and panellists Stephanie Ellis, Shauna Lawless and Wole Talabi as they chat about the fairytales, gods and monsters that awaken their imaginations. Find out more about our guests in this panel.

Readings: Daniel McCormack (11:05–11:15am), Rob Cameron (11:20­–11:30am)

Break (11:30–12noon)

Panel 2 (12–12:45pm): 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? Moderator Robin CM Duncan chats to panellists Kit Power, Russell A Smith and Neil Williamson to answer these questions. Find out more about our guests in this panel.

Readings: R.W.W. Greene (12:50–1pm), Ivor K. Hill (1:05–1:15pm)

Lunch (1:15–1:45pm)

Afternoon recap (1:45–2pm)

Author interview (2–3pm): Award-winning author C.J. Cooke

Readings: A.K.M. Beach (3:10–3:20pm), Rien Gray (3:25– 3:35pm)

Break (3:35–4pm)

Panel 3 (4–4:45pm): History & Current Affairs. Does life imitate art or is it the other way around? How do historical events and the world we live in influence the stories we tell? Join moderator Lauren McMenemy as she chats to Mary Robinette Kowal, Benjamin Langley and Olivia Atwater about how books can be a lens to view the human (or not) experience. Find out more about our guests in this panel.

Open mic (5–6pm): A get-together at the end of the day and an opportunity to catch up with all your writing community pals.

Find out more about all our readers and their work.

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Event FAQs

This is an online event. What do I need to attend?

You need a computer or device (phone/tablet) capable of using Zoom and an internet connection.

I don't have a Zoom account.

You will need a Zoom account to participate, but an account is free to create and use. Just go here to make one.

I have difficulty hearing. Will I be able to enjoy this event?

All our online events have closed captioning, enabling those with hearing difficulties to follow everything.

Do I need to be a BFS member?

No. Everyone is welcome to attend our online events, although BFS members do get free entry. There are lots of great reasons to join, so we hope you'll consider it. You can join here.

Do you have a Code of Conduct?

Yes, we do. You can find our policy here.

Will the event be available to view later?

Yes, the event will be recorded and will be available for ticket holders to view at a later date.

Total Seats: 80 (32 Left:)

By: The BFS

Event Schedule Details

  • 20 January, 2024 10:00 am GMT   -   6:00 pm GMT
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