SFSF Social #4
Saturday, 17 October 2015 from 16:00 to 20:00 (BST)
It's time to announce the guests for our fourth Social of the year - and the last until 2016, so do come join us at Eten Cafe on Saturday October 17th, as part of Sheffield's Off The Shelf Festival, when we shall have:
David Barnett and Amanda Rutter.
David Barnett is an award-winning journalist and author based in West Yorkshire. He was born in Wigan, Lancashire, in 1970 and has worked in regional newspapers since 1989. He is the author of the Gideon Smith alternate history series from Tor Books, beginning in 2013 with Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl. David is also the author of Hinterland (2005, reprinted 2008), Angelglass (2007) and The Janus House and Other Two-Faced Tales (2009), all published by Immanion Press, as well as popCULT!, published in 2011 from Pendragon Press. His work has been translated into Czech, Russian and German. He is represented by the literary agent John Jarrold. His latest novel, Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper, will be released by Tor (US) and Snowbooks (UK) in October 2015.
After training and working as an accountant for over a decade, Amanda Rutter became an editor with Angry Robot, helping to sign books and authors for the Strange Chemistry imprint. Since leaving Angry Robot, she has been a freelance editor, through her own company AR Editorial Solutions, BubbleCow and Wise Ink. She also finds time to write blog posts for Tor.com. In her free time, she is a yarn fiend, knitting and crocheting a storm. Amanda is an associate agent at the Red Sofa Literary Agency, and will be hosting an Ask The Agent session at the Social.
Now, this is an exciting opportunity to get some inside info on the publishing industry, especially for aspiring authors out there, and Amanda has excellent credentials. What we'd like to do, to make the session run smoothly, is ask that questions are submitted in advance as much as possible. You can do this in one of two ways: either by filling out the contact form on our website (http://sfsfsocial.wordpress.com) or by emailing AskAmanda [at] kinsmeet.co.uk. All questions received will be forwarded on to Amanda. If you can't attend the Social in person, we'll post up answers to your question after the event.
Oh, and as ever, there will be books to be won in our slightly legendary raffle! (This time, I'm afraid, there will be a small charge of £1 for raffle entry to help cover room costs, but the Social itself is still free to all.)
And, lastly, a reminder - the 4th York Pubmeet takes place on Saturday September 19th, with guests Alex Davis and Marie O'Regan. All details are on this linky thingy - we hope to see you there!
When & Where
Sheffield Fantasy & Science Fiction Social Club/BFS/BSFA
The British Fantasy Society (BFS) and British Science Fiction Association (BSFA).
A new type of evening/pubmeet event that focuses purely on books. Author readings tend to be quite short followed by a Q&A and there is of course, food, drink and booze, too (not included!). In line with the high standards set by the Super Relaxed Fantasy Club (SRFC), we ensure everybody gets an opportunity to introduce themselves, it doesn’t matter if you’re a bookseller, editor, agent, published author, fledgling author, passionate reader, or veteran reviewer. Everyone is welcome and no one is more important than anyone else. United by a love of the fantastic, the weird, the speculative, the horrific, and the spooky, everyone gets to say ‘Hi’ and feel part of the gang.
Established in 1971, the British Fantasy Society (BFS) has been a focal point for fans, writers, publishers, artists and everyone and anyone with a love of fantasy or horror in all its forms. Members are part of a society that is run by enthusiasts for enthusiasts, and includes an exclusive BFS Journal 2-3 times a year, a number of special publications and anthologies, and free entry to the annual BFS Short Story competition, as well as access to specialist writing workshops.
The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) has been established and run by an unofficial national body of readers, authors, booksellers and publishers since 1958 -- many famous authors, critics and editors have been (and still are) members of the BSFA. Committed to putting fans in touch with like-minded people across the country and encouraging new writers of speculative fiction in all its forms, membership includes regular copies of Vector and FOCUS magazines (the latter aimed at writers of all levels) as well as access to 'Orbiters': a variety of online clustered writing groups regularly exchanging work and critiques thereof.
"I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?"
This Sheffield variant of the Pubmeets has been created for the BSFA & BFS by Darren Johnson-Smith, Sara Smith, & Steven Poore (collectively, SFSFSocial).