Birmingham Science Fiction Group

Contact us at [email protected]

Founded in 1971, meeting monthly and still going strong, the B.S.F.G. is a non-profit-making organisation that provides an informal atmosphere in which SF fans can meet one another and professionals in the field. You can find out more about us elsewhere on this website, meanwhile here are some details of our future meetings.

Future Guests
10th September 2021

Anne and Stan Nicholls

Anne and Stan Nicholls

Anne and Stan Nicholls are BSFG members and both known for their work in speculative genres.

Anne Nicholls began writing as Anne Gay. She changed the name after marrying author Stan Nicholls. Her first published SF work was the story Wishbone, which appeared in the Gollancz/Sunday Times Anthology of SF Competition Stories.

As a psychotherapist Anne has well over 150 radio and TV appearances and dozens of features in the British and American press, Anne has also found time to write two self-help books. She has been involvled with the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy (, where the prize-winners are chosen by international vote. She has had two exhibitions of her paintings and poetry on the subject of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and continues to enjoy writing.

Stan Nicholls is the author of more than thirty books, most of them in the fantasy and science fiction genres, for both adult and young readers. Titles include Strange Invaders, Fade to Black, The Nightshade Chronicles trilogy and Wordsmiths of Wonder: Fifty Interviews With Writers of the Fantastic. He adapted David Gemmell’s Legend and Wolf in Shadow into graphic novel form, novelised TV series Dark Skies, and wrote authorised biographies of, among others, Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame and Coronation Street’s Willam Roache.

He is best known for the internationally acclaimed Orcs: First Blood series. Stan was awarded the Le'Fantastique Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Literature at the Trolls & Legendes Festival in Mons, Belgium. His 2008 novel Orcs Bad Blood 1: Weapons of Magical Destruction was nominated for the inaugural David Gemmell Legend Award for best fantasy novel.

Zoom Meeting 10th September at 7.45 pm for an 8pm meeting commencement.

Free to BSFG Members link will be emailed to you

Non-Members can attend by booking tickets via Eventbrite here:

Tickets priced £3.02 each including booking fee

October 2021
Anne Charnock

Meeting News and Book Chat

The next Book Chat Zoom meeting will be during September date to be announced

Sorry, there will not be a book chat in August

Our Book Chats are informal discussions about the books or films we have enjoyed over the past few weeks, it is interesting to hear what people are reading and what they recommend.  These chats are free and open to everyone so you can join in using  the above link.


Need help connecting to our Zoom Meetings?

Whilst we are under the current Covid restrictions and unable to have in person meetings, you will have noticed that we are using zoom for speaker meetings and for the informal book chats. Although you can join these meetings by landline phone, it feels really interactive if you use a camera enabled phone, tablet or laptop.  We have prepared a couple of videos on YouTube that shows how easy it is to initially set up your device and also to join a meeting and urge our members to take a look and have a go, and we look forward to seeing you sometime, even if it is only virtual

The videos on YouTube have detailed explanations and can be seen here : - initial setup of zoom - join a meeting

COVID-19 Coronavirus

Cancellation of In Person Meetings

Due to the current advice regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus the BSFG regrets that all in person meetings are cancelled for the foreseeable future

The BSFG committee is continuing to review the situation and is holding  Zoom meetings for the foreseeable future. We shall recommence physical meetings when the health and safety of members and attendees can be assured

The BSFG continue issue the monthly newsletter to members and update our Twitter feed @BirminghamSF where further announcements regarding meetings will be published

You can also follow our new instagram feed, where we post updates and items of interest such as new book releases and SF news take a look here @BirminghamSF

We hope that all our members, friends, previous speakers and their families stay safe and look forward to recommencing our regular meetings as soon as we are able