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 27/09/17: Lavie Tidhar interviewed by Konrad Walewski

Photograph by Kevin Nixon. (c) Future Publishing 2013.

This month's guest is Lavie Tidhar. Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama (2011), of The Violent Century (2013) and of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning A Man Lies Dreaming (2014). His latest novel is the Campbell Award winning and Clarke Award-nominated Central Station (2016).

Konrad Walewski

He will be interviewed by Konrad Walewski who is a writer, translator, anthologist, literary critic, and the editor and co-publisher of the Polish edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

 

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  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. (though no obligation to partake).

 

Future meetings:

 

25th October Gaie Sebold

22nd November Anne Charnock interviewed by Glyn Morgan

Mostly Harmless sci-fi/fantasy event, London 22/08/17

The National Literacy Trust are launching their Mostly Harmless sci-fi/fantasy pub series in London at The Reliance, Shoreditch, London on Tuesday 22nd August.
Doors open at 6.30pm, and the quiz starts at 7pm
Entry fee is £10 per person in advance or £12 on the night (includes a free Pan Galactic Gargleblaster cocktail)
This month’s spotlight rounds on: Game of Thrones and Star Wars

Prizes include: limited edition prints from the newly illustrated editions of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; signed books from Orbit; and other prizes from Orion Publishing Group and Discworld.com.

Further details and how to book your team onto the quiz can be found here:

... and if any BSFA members are interested in hosting a night outside London, please get in touch with the organisation here. http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/support/fundraising_and_events/mostly-harmless-quiz-series/host-your-own-mostly-harmless-quiz

BSFA London Meeting 23rd August: Jeff Noon interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua

Jeff Noon is an award-winning British cult novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting.

Angry Robot author Jeff Noon



He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His work spans SF and fantasy genres, exploring the ever-changing borderzone between genre fiction and the avant-garde.

He will be interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua, author of Arthur C Clarke shortlisted The Red Men and the novels If Then and The Destructives.

 

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BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  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. (though no obligation to partake).

 

Future meetings:

27th September TBA

25th October TBA

22nd November TBA

Podcast News

Bad Bat productions have a new series of The Futureboys just begun, of which the first two episodes are available for download

Having spent two years apart and taken up new identities, Tyler and Gary are unwittingly brought back together by Rik Sheringham, a galaxy-renowned treasure hunter, celebrity and old school friend/enemy of Tyler's. Sheringham's deal is simple - Tyler and Gary must undergo a series of daring and dangerous heists on his behalf, or be handed over to the authorities and forced to face the death sentence that has been looming over their heads for years. Can Tyler and Gary re-unite and stay on the same page long enough to complete the job? Or are they doomed to fail? Either way, there seems to be more to the jobs than a simple robbery, and Sheringham's intentions may not be all they seem...


https://itunes.apple.com/gb/ podcast/the-future-boys/ id1250747219
https://soundcloud.com/ thefutureboys/sets/the-future- boys

London Meeting 26th July: FD Lee interviewed by Andrew Wallace

This month’s guest is fantasy novelist F.D. Lee, author of the Pathways Tree series, The Fairy's Tale and ghost story The Academy. Faith had a childhood that many geeks would envy as she grew up in a comic shop.

 

 

F.D. Lee will be interviewed by Andrew Wallace, author of the Diamond Roads series of novels, which follow the challenges facing Charity Freestone and her family in 24th Century Diamond City.

img_0274Following stage productions of his plays ‘Byron’ and ‘The Scissors Angel’ Andrew’s Radio 4 play, ‘Burn Your Phone’ was nominated for a Writer’s Guild Award and turned into a film on BBC2 starring and directed by Alan Cumming. He followed commissions for the feature-length script of acclaimed short ‘The Cutter’ and an adaptation of the novel ‘As Good As It Gets’ with the BBC7 show ‘Wonderworld’ and wrote regularly for Radio 4’s flagship comedy ‘Look Away Now’. He has produced three Edinburgh shows including ‘The Free Three’ and ‘Seething Is Believing’ and created the ‘Vengeance’ and ‘Bloody Mary’ shows for the London Dungeon.

 

BSFA Monthly London Meetings (all welcome- free : one does NOT have to be a BSFA member to attend)

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar-prompt upstairs start at 1900 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier.

Where: Artillery Arms (upstairs –private– bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  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. (though no obligation to partake).

 

Future meetings:

23rd August Jeff Noon interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua

27th September TBA

25th October TBA

22nd November TBA