SFSF Social #2

Sunday, 1st March 2015, The Old Queen’s Head, Sheffield, 4pm-8pm

Hello folks! We’re back, with a different venue and two new readers!

Because we’re running on a Sunday this time, we’ve had to move down the road to the Old Queen’s Head, behind the bus station on Pond Street. It’s Sheffield’s oldest pub, and is apparently haunted too. We hope the ghosts enjoy the stories as much as you will! We’ve also moved a little further back into the afternoon, so that all those of us unlucky enough to be working early Monday morning don’t have too long an evening…

Our readers will be none other than Sheffield’s own, award-winning Ian Sales, and – all the way from San Francisco! – author and theatrical swordfighter Dana Fredsti.

Ian SalesIan Sales has published three volumes of his hard science fiction/alt-history Apollo Quartet through his own Whippleshield Books; the first volume, Adrift on the Sea of Rains, won a BSFA award in 2012 and was called “one of the most outstanding self-published books of the year” by the Guardian. The final volume in the series, All That Outer Space Allows, will be published this year – as will the first book in his new space opera trilogy, A Prospect of War, which will come from Tickety Boo Press.

Dana FredstiAs a theatrical swordfighter, Dana Fredsti‘s film credits include Army of Darkness. Her Ashley Parker novels, Plague Town, Plague Nation, and Plague World, all published by Titan Books, has been described by The Book Smugglers as “A diverting, entertaining zombie siege novel complete with all the delicious, bone-crunching, blood-gushing awesomeness a zombie lover could ever want.”

There will, once more, be giveaway prizes to be had, and once the upstairs readings and talks are done, we’ll be sticking around for a good old chat in the bar too. Please do use the Eventbrite listing to let us know you’re coming, and spread the word to anyone who might be interested! We hope to see you there!

SFSF Social #1: Update Time!

Hi folks! We’ve been quiet, but we’re still here – and we’ve got (hopefully) all the details you need in advance of the first Social on the 24th.

If you haven’t already registered at Eventbrite (free) can we please ask you to do so, so we can give the venue a good indication of numbers? (see the panel to the right, or go here)

If you’re travelling into Sheffield by car, we apologise for the inner ring road in advance. There are several car parks near the venue – including two NCPs in the Cathedral Quarter (S1 2EF and S1 2EL), ’round the back of the city centre. There’s also a Q-Park (S1 2NJ, known affectionately as the Cheese Grater – you can’t mistake it) just outside the Peace Gardens, which is only a five minute or so walk away up Fargate.

If you’re coming in by train, the easiest option is to grab a tram connection from the station and get off at the Cathedral stop – Eten Cafe is a literal stone’s throw from the tram stop.

Eten serves food, as does the Blue Moon Cafe (vegetarian & vegan specialists), on the other side of the Cathedral square, and there will be a bar in the upstairs room at Eten from 4pm.

The event is scheduled from 4pm, but we’ll be a bit relaxed about that to give everybody a chance to turn up. 🙂

Our timetable looks a bit like this:

  • 4.30pm     Introductions all-round SRFC-stylee
  • 5.00pm     First Reading by Jo from 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf, followed by a Q&A.
  • brief pause/break for refreshments
  • 5.45pm     Second Readings by Adrian from Guns of the Dawn, followed by a Q&A
  • 6.30pm     Free raffle for various goodies/book bundles
  • 7.00pm     General chat & social

We look forward to seeing you there! (I’ll be the one hiding under a cardboard box….)

–And a quick note in advance: while we’re looking to host a second event around the end of April this year, there may be one or two readings – mini-SFSFs?! – popping up inbetween. Keep an eye of the site and our Twitter feed for more details…

We Are SFSF Social

Hi. We are the Sheffield Fantasy & Science Fiction Social Club. It’s nice to meet you.

Earlier this year we went to the York Pubmeet – held, obviously, in a pub in York – inspired by London’s own Super Relaxed Fantasy Club. Authors David Tallerman and Janine Ashbless wowed a packed room with readings of their work, the BSFA’s Alex Bardy gave away lots of books, and everybody had a damned good time with drinks and a lot of constructive conversation.

And we thought: why isn’t there anything like this in Sheffield?

So now there is.

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovsky

On 24th January 2015, at 4pm, you can join us upstairs at Eten on York Street in Sheffield for the very first SFSF Social. Our guests will be the following wonderfully talented authors and swordfighters:

Jo Thomas

Jo Thomas

As well as readings, there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, and to win some goodies – and, of course, to have a good old chinwag, in relaxed surroundings, about anything SFnal.

We’ll have more details over the course of the coming weeks, but if you need to get in touch sooner, pop over to the Contact page, or ping us on Twitter – @SFSFSocial.

You can also find SFSF Social on Eventbrite – it’s a good way for us to gauge how many people we’ll need to cater for, so please do register (free!) if you will be popping down!