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 London Meeting February 27th: David Gullen 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 upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

Nearest Tube/NatRail: Old St-exit 3 (->Barbican). Brewery: Fullers. Hot food available. SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Some attendees join the Speaker/Meeting Organisers later for an informal (usually Thai) meal.

February 27th. London-based author David Gullenhas just released a revised edition of SF novel Shopocalypse through Newcon Press – a Bonnie and Clyde Story for the Trump era – and it is gathering praise from all quarters.
“Seriously, you need this book.” – Mike CareyBAFTA nominated author of The Girl with All the Gifts

David 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:
March 27th – BSFA Awards Panel
April 24th – Una McCormack
May 22nd – Rebecca Kuang interviewed by Alexandra Christo

BSFA London Meeting 23rd January – Author readings & Q&A with Suzy Gray and Stephen Oram

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 upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

Nearest Tube/NatRail: Old St-exit 3 (->Barbican). Brewery: Fullers. Hot food available. SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Some attendees join the Speaker/Meeting Organisers later for an informal (usually Thai) meal.

January 23rd, join authors including Suzy Gray and Stephen Oram for a selection of readings. More guests to be advertised shortly!

London Meeting dates:
23rd January
27th February
27th March
24th April
22nd May
26th June
24th July
28th August
25th September
23rd October
27th November

POSTPONED: BSFA London Meeting 28th February Tade Thompson interviewed by Liz Williams

With apologies, this event will no longer be taking place on Wednesday February 28th due to the current and forecast inclement weather conditions. We will endeavour to reschedule this event for another time.

This month’s special guest is author Tade Thompson. Tade’s story story The Apologists was nominated for a BSFA Award for Best Short Fiction for 2016 and also selected for Newcon Press’s anthology Best of British Science Fiction 2016. Tade is also the author of Rosewater, which was a John W. Campbell Award Finalist, and Making Wolf, which won the Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. The Murders of Molly Southborne is his latest work, which has recently been optioned for screen adaptation.

Tade will be interviewed by Liz Williams, a multiple nominee for the Philip K. Dick Award, Liz is the author of many novels such as Winterstrike, Nine Layers of Sky, Banner of Souls (which was also shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award), The Ghost Sister, Empire of Bones, Darkland, Bloodmind, The Poison Master and the Detective Chen novels. She has also written two volumes of The Diary of a Witchcraft Shop, concerning the everyday bemusements of running a witchcraft shop in Glastonbury.

 

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8ND

Nearest Tube/NatRail: Old St-exit 3 (->Barbican).  Brewery: Fullers.  Hot food available.  SF Book raffle* (tickets 5 for £1)

Some attendees join the Speaker/Meeting Organisers later for an informal (usually Thai) meal.

Future meetings: 28th March TBA

Virtual Futures: ‘(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal.’ 20/02/18

Virtual Futures are hosting an event on 20th February: Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions Vol. 04 on the theme of ‘(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal’, curated by Allen Ashley and Stephen Oram.

Born of earth or brought back from far away, biological or viral invasions or diseases can affect humans on any scale; from protecting or plaguing an individual to becoming an epidemic that affects us all. Our authors take on a topic that Literature has meditated on from its inception; from Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, to Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, to Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, to Camus’s The Plague, to King’s The Stand.

They will show us the good, the bad, but not the bland; and predict the future of infection and infestation in any of its various forms. What is the nature of the diseases, contagions or contaminations have in store?

The event features a special presentation by Clarke-award winning author, Geoff Ryman. Geoff also won the BSFA Best Non-fiction Award in 2017 for “100 African Writers of SFF”.

Other authors and contributors include:

  • Allen Ashley: “Do Not Exceed Stated Dose”
  • Antoine Saint Honore: “Cholesterol 5.9 BigFLY”
  • C. R. Dudley: “Toxic Duck Inc”
  • David Turnbull: “The War that Ended Yesterday”
  • Ian Steadman: “Transmissions from the Vitality Pod”
  • Jessica Laine: “L-One-LY Virus”
  • Mark Huntley-James: “Fat of the Land”
  • Stephen Oram: “The Queen’s Heart”

Where: LIBRARY London (Main Room), 112 St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2N 4BD

Tue 20 February 2018, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT

Tickets £6 available from Eventbrite here.