Final Readings Announced

As if we didn’t already have an amazing line-up, we have the final three readers to announce.

Reading at 1:30pm, we have Joe Haward.

Rev Joe Haward is an author, poet, and heretic. Born into an Indian family, Joe was adopted with his identical twin brother, and grew up on a small Island off the coast of Essex, UK. For many years Joe worked with his father as an oyster fisherman, the eighth generation in the Haward family to do so.

An ordained Reverend, Joe now works writing horror, dark fantasy, and noir. His fiction and poetry has been published in a wide variety of places. Alongside two published nonfiction books, Joe also has a dark poetry collection, Heresy (Uncle B. Publications) out in March 2022. Breath and Blasphemy, (Cinnabar Moth Publishing) his horror anthology, will be released in September 2023. You can find him at or on Twitter @RevJoeHaward.

At 2:45pm, we have a reading from Jessica Levai.

Jessica Lévai has loved stories and storytellers her whole life. After a double major in history and mathematics, a PhD in Egyptology, and eight years of the adjunct shuffle, she devoted herself to writing full-time. You can find her work at Strange Horizons, Cossmass Infinities, and Her first novella is a vampire romance in Pushkin sonnets. She dreams of one day collaborating on a graphic novel, and meeting Stephen Colbert.
Check out her website,, for links and more.

And bringing us the final reading of the day at 3:45pm, we have Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki.

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki probounced (UH-ge-ne-chah-we Donald AY-PAY-kee) is an African speculative fiction writer and editor in Nigeria.

He has won the Horror Writers Association diversity grant, the Otherwise, Nommo and British Fantasy award. He has been a finalist in the Nebula, Locus, BSFA, Sturgeon and This Is Horror awards. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared and are forthcoming in Tordotcom, Apex Magazine, Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, Galaxy’s Edge, Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores, NBC the SFWA blog and more. He edited the the first ever Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction anthology, guest edited the collections issue of Interstellar Flight Press, co-edited the groundbreaking Dominion anthology, and the Africa Risen anthology forthcoming on Tordotcom (Macmillan) in 2022.

He is a member of the African Speculative Fiction Society, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writers Association, British Science Fiction Association and the British Fantasy Society.

You can find out more about him on


The Internet Speculative Fiction Database


With a line-up like this, who could miss it? Remember to book your ticket here: Buy tickets / Join the guestlist for Golden Jubilee on Zoom, Sat 26 Feb 2022 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ( The event is free for BFS members and £5 for everyone else. Tickets are valid for the full day, schedule below:

10:00 – Reading from Stephen Deas

10:15 – Panel on Fantastical Creatures with Anna Smith Spark, RJ Barker and Juliet E. McKenna

11:00 BREAK

11:15 – Reading from Susie Williamson

11:30 – Juliet Mushens Interviews Taran Matharu

12:30 – Reading from Danie Ware


1:30 – Reading from Joe Haward

1:45 – Panel on Working with Small Presses with Francesca T Barbini (Luna Press Publishing), George Sandison (Unsung Stories) and Sammy HK Smith (Grimbold Books)

2:30 – BREAK

2:45 – Reading from Jessica Levai

3:00 – Panel on Subverting Tropes in Horror with Charlotte Bond, Laura Mauro and Dave Jeffrey

3:45 – Reading from Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

4:00 – BREAK

4:15 – Open Mic