Stephen Hunt’s appearances.


As you’ll notice from the antiquity of the dates below, I’ve seriously scaled back my appearances at genre conventions.

I’m not saying ‘Blanket No’, but I am being far more discerning about saying yes when accepting Guest of Honour spots.

As an autistic individual with an autistic child, I am always more than happy to speak at events supporting the autism rights and autistic culture movement, and neurodiversity movement. This includes schools and their units specialising in autism & learning disabilities.

Please note, I don’t highlight school visits, either in advance or historically, as per the Department for Education’s Personal Information Charter.

Booking an appearance

Events and heightened pickiness aside, my personal calendar of (real day-job) work and private obligations is filled anything up 12-months in advance, so it currently helps to ask well ahead of time, along with an indication of whether travel/accommodation/speaker’s fees are being offered for corporate and organised events.


Goldsmiths College, University of London
29th January 2020, London.
Annual Guest address to students at the UK’s leading higher education establishment specialising in the study of creative, cultural and social subjects.

Fantasy in the Court
12th August 2014, London.
Goldsboro Books is hosting ‘Fantasy in the Court’. This annual event celebrates Fantasy and Science Fiction and is an informal gathering for fans of this genre to meet the best fantasy and science fiction writers published today. I’m one of the authors invited.

The Gollancz Festival
Wednesday 13th August 2014, London, Waterstones Piccadilly.
Gollancz and Waterstones London Piccadilly are hosting a genre fiction festival with participation from Patrick Rothfuss, Terry Pratchett, Stephen Hunt, Joe Hill and many other bestselling genre writers. Gollancz will host a creative programme of daytime digital author events, and from 6 – 9pm on the same evening they will also offer genre fiction readers the chance to attend a selection of panels, readings, Q&As and signings all hosted by retail partner Waterstones Piccadilly.

Loncon 3
14th-18th August 2014 – London Docklands, UK.
I’m a speaker at Loncon 3, the massive 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, being held this year in the UK, rather than the USA. Here’s the panel I’ll be hosting . . . Fantasy vs. SF: Is the Universe Looking Out for You? Friday 15th August 20:00 – 21:00. “If you posit some impossibility in a story, like turning lead into gold,” Ted Chiang has written, “I think it makes sense to ask how many people in the world of the story are able to do this. In a story where only a handful of characters are able to turn lead into gold, there’s the implication that there’s something special about those individuals. By contrast, if you have a story in which turning lead into gold is an industrial process, something that can be done on a mass scale and can be done cheaply, then you’re implying that the laws of the universe apply equally to everybody. Forget rocket ships v dragons, this is the real heart of the genre distinction.” Are sf and fantasy shaped by diametrically opposed worldviews? Does a knowable universe whose laws anyone can learn, and everyone has to work within, offer a more egalitarian vision than a land of special destinies? Or is it difficult to imagine even an sfnal world in which the future is evenly distributed? With: Stephen Hunt, Rosemary Kirstein, Anne Lyle, Ian R MacLeod, Robert Reed.

Birmingham Science Fiction Group
June 13th 2014 – Briar Rose hotel, Birmingham, UK.
I’m June’s guest at the group, talking about my new novel ‘In Dark Service’ and the Far-called series.

Stoke Newington Literary Festival
6th-8th June 2014 – Stoke Newington, North London, UK
I’m guest of honour at the Stoke Newington Literary Festival.

Forbidden Planet Megastore: ‘In Dark Service’ Launch Signing
May 15th 2014 – Thursday, 6pm-7pm: Central London, UK.

Pure Spec 2013
I’m guest of honour at the Pure Speculation Festival, an annual science and fiction festival in Canada’s Edmonton, Alberta, run by the eponymous Pure Speculation Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society of Alberta.

AdAstra 2013
I’m guest of honour at As Astra, Canada’s main SF & Fantasy Fan Convention. Hosted in Toronto, Ad Astra is a literary convention, promoting local talent within the genres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Paranormal, for all media of the written word. This weekend includes panels on a variety of topics including writing, publishing, media, creative works, comics, costuming and steampunk, as well as many events including Masquerade, writer workshops, and book launches.

Nine Worlds GeekFest 2013
I’m guest of honour at GeekFest, a con about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party.

SFX Weekender 2012
I’m guest of honour at this year’s SFX Weekender – Europe’s largest SF con (think of it as the British version of Comic-con) comes to North Wales.

FantasyCon 2011
This year’s FantasyCon goes to the seaside in the historic Victorian city of Brighton. I’ll be interviewing American author Christopher Paolini, as well as doing various panels.

Forum Fantastico [Fantastic Forum]
Stephen Hunt will be guest of honour in 2010 at the national SFF con out in Portugal. They focus on Portuguese creators, from literature to graphic arts and cinema, but also have foreign guests (the likes of Christopher Priest, Paul McAuley, Nick, Sagan, Richard Morgan, Edward James, etc).
12-14th November 2010, Lisbon, Portugal.

Summer of Science Fiction Reading
To celebrate the launch of the SFX Summer Of SF Reading, booksellers Waterstone’s will be presenting ‘An Evening With SFX’ at Waterstone’s Piccadilly store in London, UK on Monday 10th May 2010. Authors such as Adam Roberts, China Miéville, Michael Cobley, Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill and Stephen Hunt will be at the megastore for the kick-off event
More details over at

2nd-5th April 2010. Odyssey 2010
Heathrow, London, UK

The 8th Annual London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film … AKA SCI-FI-LONDON
Saturday 2nd May 2009 – 12:30am – ‘Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1899 – The Rise Of Steampunk Subculture.’
Steampunk has been bubbling under for years, but now steampunk theatre and cabaret scenes are slowly establishing themselves, traditional ‘goths’ are replacing their eyeliner for googles, cogs and gentlemen’s jackets and Solaris has just published an anthology of steampunk writing. So why has it taken so long for Steampunk to break through? Why now? And where do we think it is going?
Panellists: Stephen Hunt, Chris Wooding, Bryan Talbot, Paul Duffield.
More details over at

GamesFest 3
A one day convention to showcase the best of Role playing, Wargaming, Boardgaming & Science fiction/Fantasy literature. It also features the best of Stephen Hunt – and the worst, too, if you buy him a drink or three at the bar!

The .lit stream will feature fantasy, horror, science fiction authors and film producers including Stephen Hunt, Stan Nicholls, Dan Abnett, Graham McNeil, Mark Chadbourn, David J Rodger, Juliet E. McKenna, Deborah Miller (a.k.a. Miller Lau), James Swallow, Joseph D’Lacey, James Barclay, Bill Hussey, Peter Mark May, Frazer Lee, David Michael Wright, Garry Charles, and Steve Dean.

WHEN: Doors open from 10.00am to 7pm – 4th October 2008

WHERE: Victoria Hall, Akeman Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, UK

HOW MUCH: Advanced Tickets £5.50

You can check out the event in full at

Alt.Fiction 2008

Saturday 26th April 2008


The lineup for Derby’s sci-fi and fantasy fiction event, Alt.Fiction, has been confirmed. This year’s lineup includes authors such as Stephen Hunt, Brian Lumley, Michael Marshall Smith, Mike Carey, Charlie Stross, Graham Joyce, Ramsey Campbell, and Justina Robson among others.

Alt:Fiction 2008 takes place on Saturday 26th April 2008 at Derby Assembly Rooms, Derby, UK, and features readings, workshops and panels with some of the UK’s main science-fiction, fantasy and horror writers.

Tickets for the day cost £20, or £16 concessions and can be booked from the Assembly Rooms Box Office on 01332 255800. Doors open at 11am for a 12pm start, with a 9pm close.

More over at

Stephen Hunt signing The Kingdom Beyond The Waves

Saturday 3rd May 2008


Stephen Hunt will be signing his new book, The Kingdom Beyond The Waves, at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, UK, on Saturday 3rd May 2008 1-2pm.

Adult/Children’s Crossover Science Fiction and Fantasy Evening

Heffers Bookshop in the Grafton Centre, Cambridge, UK


AltFiction – the Alternative Fiction Festival

Derby, UK.

Saturday April 28th 2007.

Stephen Hunt will be talking at AltFiction along with some of his old genre chums such as Iain M. Banks, Peter Hamilton and Stan Nicholls.

BSFA Meeting (British Science Fiction Association)

The Star Tavern in Belgravia, 6 Belgrave Mews West, London, SW1X 8HT, UK.

Wednesday May 23th 2007.

Stephen Hunt, interviewed by Tom Hunter.

SFF Writers’ Event. Forbidden Planet Megastore Bristol.

Units 4&5 Clifton Heights, Triangle West, Bristol, BS8 1EJ, UK.

Saturday March 17th 2007 – time TBA

Stephen Hunt will be at the FP’s Bristol megastore for a signing of The Court of the Air along with a number of other fantasy and science fiction authors – they’ll be signing and talking about their own books, though, not Stephen’s! Authors at the event include Mark Chadbourn, Juliet McKenna, Stan Nicholls, Jessica Rydill and Diana Wynne Jones

Forbidden Planet Megastore London.

179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, UK.

Saturday March 31st 2007. 1.00pm – 2.00pm.

Stephen Hunt will be at the FP’s London megastore for a signing of The Court of the Air.


The 58th British national science fiction convention.

Liverpool, UK.

April 6th-9th, 2007.

LATE NEWS. Convoy has now been cancelled. All very odd and not too sure why, but maybe next year …

Stephen Hunt will have himself a convoy, driving through the night, along with other SFF writers such as Peter Dickinson and Robin McKinley.

The Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist Announcement

London, UK – January 20th 2007

Scenting free wine, Stephen went along to an informal evening of celebration for the supporters and friends of the award, with the Clarke Award shortlist being announced during the event.

Stephen Hunt attended the 2005 World Science Fiction Convention: InterAction

24th-28th August 1995, Glasgow Convention Centre, UK.

Stephen Hunt talked at the Birmingham Science Fiction Group

Birmingham SF Group, Britannia Hotel, New St. 7:45pm. 8th October 2004.

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