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.
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 are hosting our first BFS writing retreat in March. This will take place at Gladstones Library in Wales from 3rd to 6th March. The retreat is fully booked at this time, but 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:
Science Fiction Exhibition, until 4th May, Science Museum, London, https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/science-fiction
BFS Online, 18th Feb, https://www.tickettailor.com/events/britishfantasysociety/837316
BFS Writing Retreat, 3rd – 6th March, Wales, fully booked.
Picocon, 11th March, London, https://www.union.ic.ac.uk/scc/icsf/picocon/
SFW XIV, 14th March, Great Yarmouth, https://scifiweekender.com/
Eastercon, 7th – 10th April, Birmingham, https://www.conversation2023.org.uk/
BFS Online, May – TBA, https://www.britishfantasysociety.org/
Satellite 8, 26th – 28th May, Glasgow, https://eight.satellitex.org.uk/
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 – TBA https://www.britishfantasysociety.org/
Fantasycon, 15th – 17th September, Birmingham, https://www.hwsevents.co.uk/
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, TBA, https://www.britishfantasysociety.org/
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.
Here we are hoping to create an interactive calendar to add BFS and other Fantasy or Horror related events which you can view, and add to your calendar.
Please check back soon