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Fantasycon Guest of Honour

A little later than anticipated, but more than worth the wait, the BFS is honoured to announce our third and final Fantasycon 2024 Guest of Honour. Joining us in Chester, we are delighted to welcome Bella Pagan!

A red-haired woman wearing black glasses and a blue blouse smiles into the camera.

Photograph copyright Alicia Clarke.

Bella Pagan helps manage Tor UK, Pan Macmillan’s imprint specializing in out-of-this-world science fiction, fantasy and horror. As well as developing Tor UK, her role includes commissioning, editing and publishing fantastic authors and their speculative fiction. As Tor’s Publisher, Bella is proud to have on her list writers making their debuts, as well as award-winners and bestsellers. And before joining Tor UK, Bella commissioned science fiction and fantasy for Orbit, where she worked for almost ten years. Bella loves plot-driven, page-turning books with relatable protagonists and rich magic systems, where the reader is transported to exciting new worlds.

Her past and current authors include Olivie Blake, Shelley Parker-Chan, Zen Cho, Cassandra Clare, Genevieve Cogman, Peter F. Hamilton, Alix E. Harrow, Lucy Holland, T. L. Huchu, Arkady Martine, Christopher Paolini, John Scalzi and Adrian Tchaikovsky. At the British Book Awards in 2023, she was shortlisted for Editor of the Year, achieving ‘Highly Commended’ in this category.

Bella is online at X and BlueSky as @BellaPagan. And you can find out more about Tor UK at www.panmacmillan.com/tor and @UKTor.

Fantasycon will take place at the Queen at Chester Hotel, Chester, from the 11th-13th October 2024. Join us there for a fun-filled weekend of panels, readings, workshops, the British Fantasy Awards, the BFS AGM, and of course, the eagerly anticipated karaoke! Tickets can be booked here. We can’t wait to see you there, along with our three wonderful Guests of Honour, Stephen Aryan, Priya Sharma and Bella Pagan.

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