We regularly attend the Birmingham Science Fiction Group (BSFG), a friendly group that meets monthly in central Birmingham for those interested to meet and discuss SF and to meet professionals in this and allied fields. Meetings usually start with a speaker: an author, artist, scientist or other SF or associated professional. This lasts for about an hour and is followed by the audience and speaker socialising until 11pm,the hotel has a licensed bar that is available to anyone at the meeting. Over the years many great SF authors have spoken to the group, and this years calendar is no exception. Members also receive a monthly newsletter, containing news and book reviews. 
I am very proud to announce that I have recently become the Membership Secretary for the BSFG. If you are in the Midlands, and want to meet up with others who enjoy the Science fiction literary genre, visit their website www.birminghamsfgroup.org.uk for more information, or contact me directly.