About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

BSFA & SFF One-Day Convention & AGM June 8th

Saturday, 8 June 2019 from 10:00-17:00

Blackett Laboratory

Department of Physics, South Kensington Campus, Imperial College

1000: Intro/welcome
1005-1100: Panel 1 – BSFA
The Zero Sum of Literature: are some SF writers wrong to not welcome “literary” writers with open arms to the genre?
1105-1200: Interview/talk 1 – Rachel Livermore
1200-1230: SFF AGM
1300-1330: BSFA AGM
1330-1430: SFF panel – “Return to the Moon: how and why?” – GS (M), Dave Clements, Rachel Livermore
1430-1530: Interview 2 – Juliet E McKenna interviewed by Sophia McDougall.

The BSFA &SFF One Day Convention is free to attend and open to the public. The AGMs are the only parts of the day that will be members only, but are around lunchtime.
Attendees are free to spend lunch where they wish, but our lunchtime recommendation is The Queens Arms, Kensington.

The BSFA’s guest is Juliet E McKenna.

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Juliet is a prolific fantasy author, whose series include The Tales of Einarinn, The Aldabreshin Compass, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution,  and The Hadramal Crisis. Her standalone novels include Shadow Histories of the River Kingdom (2016) and The Green Man’s Heir (2018).

Juliet will be interviewed by Sophia McDougall

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Sophia is an author of the alternate history novels Romanitas, Rome Burning and Savage City, and the science-fiction novels Mars Evacuees and Space Hostages.

 

Advance financial statements are here. BSFA Draft Financial Statements 30_09_18

And last year’s minutes are here. BSFA AGM 2019 – Agenda and minutes 2018v2

Update: during the AGM this year, I’ll be giving a summary of reports received, but you can read the full ones here.2019 BSFA AGM agenda and Annual Reviews I will be distributing some of the proposals for constitutional change at the meeting only.

BSFA London: Gavin Smith interviewed by Stephen Deas 22nd May

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When:
Usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec). Fans meet from 18:00 in the main downstairs bar. The event starts at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
This month’s meeting will be held upstairs at Central Station, 37 Wharfdale Road, King’s Cross, N1 9SD 

Hot food available. SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Our guest for 22nd May is Gavin Smith.

Gavin is a Scottish author, who has a number of books under his belt, including the Veteran series (the first of which was nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel) and the Bastard Legion series.
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Gavin will be interviewed by Stephen Deas. Stephen is a prolific author whose books span historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, including the Fateguard series, the Thief-Taker’s Apprentice series, the Silver Kings series and the Memory of Flames series.

See the source imageTogether, Stephen and Gavin write as Gavin Deas to produce novels in the Elite: Dangerous universe.

 

Future Events:

8th June – BSFA & SFF Mini convention & AGM, Imperial College London – 10am-5pm.

26th June – London author event at Central Station, guests TBA.

BSFA Awards 2018 Announced

The British Science Fiction Association is delighted to announce the winners of the BSFA Awards for works published in 2018.
 
Best Novel: Gareth L Powell for _Embers of War_ (Titan Books)

Gareth L Powell being presented with the trophy for Best Novel by Frances Hardinge

Best Shorter Fiction: Ian McDonald for _Time Was_ (Tor.com)
 
Best Non-Fiction: Aliette de Bodard for _ On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures_ (Intellectus Speculativus blog)
 
Best Artwork: Likhain for _In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II_ (Inprnt)
In the Vanisher's Palace: Dragon II by Likhain
 
The BSFA Awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years – members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon. They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the most worthy examples in each category, but to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about and enjoying all that contemporary science fiction has to offer.
This year, the awards ceremony took place at Ytterbium, the 70th Eastercon at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow. Jeanette Ng was the presenter and categories were awarded by the Guests of Honour DC, John Scalzi, Sydney Padua and Frances Hardinge.
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The ceremony was livestreamed by Chad Dixon, and can be seen on his Periscope channel here. Update: Now also available on YouTube!

News on our latest mailing

The BSFA would like to apologise to our members for the delay in members receiving this year’s BSFA Awards commemorative booklet. The booklet is now in the post and should be with us all any day now. Back story: our team worked with great effort to ensure that we had the files and rights permissions we needed from creators and publishers, to put together the booklet, proofread it, and supply it to our printers with addresses in plenty of time. Our printers were aware of our timescale, and everything was supplied on time. We checked repeatedly and were assured progress was being made and the deadline would be achieved. When we checked towards the end of March we were assured that everything was ready to go. When we checked again at the very end of March, we were told you would get your booklets within the first couple of days of April. As no booklets had been received by the weekend, I followed up again, and was told that due to post room delays the mailing was not going out until Tuesday. I suspect that has hit Wednesday’s collection. I understand if this is frustrating to our members, and it is especially so to those of us who worked hard to get the booklet completed well in advance. I am in fact, pretty angry, and will be considering how to redress the situation. We hope that members who wish to vote but are are unfamiliar with the shortlisted works are availing themselves of other opportunities to read the selected works where possible. Once again, please accept our apologies.

BSFA Author Event Wednesday 24th April – Una McCormack interviewed by Ian Whates

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When:
Usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec). Fans meet from 18:00 in the main downstairs bar. The event starts at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
This month’s meeting will be in the basement of The Star of Kings, Kings Cross. 126 York Way, London N1 OAX
Electric Star Pubs. Hot food available. SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Our guest for 24th April is New York Times best-selling author Una McCormack. She has written several Doctor Who novels for BBC Books, and tie-ins for Star Trek and Deep Space Nine, as well as scripts for Big Finish Productions for the Bernie Summerfield series.

Una will be in conversation with Ian Whates, former BSFA Chair, editor and owner of the multiple award-winning Newcon Press, and prolific author, who has many wonderful books out there to be read including his latest space opera series The Dark Angels.


Future meetings:

May 22nd – Rebecca Kuang interviewed by Alexandra Christo – venue to be announced.