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?

Media Links for BSFA Meeting 24th May, Anna Smith-Spark interviewed by RA Smith

Many thanks to Chad Dixon who has once again provided media links for the BSFA Meeting interview from Wednesday 24th May when Russell Smith interviewed the Queen of Grimdark herself, Anna Smith-Spark, author of The Court of Broken Knives.

You can find the video replay here. 

And the audio-file can be found here.

3rd 2017 York Pubmeet – The Mutable Body in Genre Film and Fiction 3rd June 2017

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We have another York Pubmeet coming up next month, on Saturday 3rd June 2017, this time with genre horror fiction author Steve Toase and scriptwriter Maxine Gee...

In association with the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) and the British Fantasy Society (BFS) we are pleased to announce our third York Pubmeet event for 2017.

We're also returning to the alarmingly spacious The New York Club, 22-26 Blossom Street, York -- turn right out of York station, and right again at the traffic lights, and it's about 200 yards down the road.

From Frankenstein’s monster in Mary Shelley’s classic, arguably the earliest Sci-Fi novel, to the Remade in China Mieville’s Bas-Lag series, or Ghost in the Shell’s Major Motoko Kusanagi, the body has been a central obsession of fantasy, science fiction and horror. What all these examples share is the imposition on the individual’s body by an outside authority, whether the scientist or the government. Does the individual have control over their own flesh? Do they get to decide what happens to their body, or what type of body their consciousness is placed in? Are they the same person when they occupy another body?

Both Max Gee and Steve Toase explore these themes in their work.

On the evening, Max will present a performance of her script, Virdian, an exploration of enhancement through DNA patches, and the role of the corporation.

Max Gee

Steve will read from his story ‘Not All The Coal That Is Dug Warms The World’, a body-horror story about how the government in the near future takes possession of the bodies those claiming disability benefits to make them ‘productive’.

Both writers’ work deals with real world concerns about government and corporate intrusion, and the individual’s right to self-determination.

Steve is a writer with over sixty published stories to his name, in Aurealis, Innsmouth Magazine, Cabinet des Fees, Not One of Us and Café Irreal amongst others. In 2014 his story Call Out was reprinted in Best Horror of the Year 6. Not All The Coal That Is Dug Warms The World was longlisted for Best Horror of the Year 8, and will soon be recorded for the podcast, Tales To Terrify. He is a regular reviewer for Fortean Times, and has a background in archaeology. He has an MA in Landscape Archaeology, studying embodied experiences of prehistoric landscapes. His blog can be found here: http://stevetoase.wordpress.com/

Max Gee is a freelance screenwriter and playwright who occasionally dabbles in prose. She has adapted Sherlock Holmes and The Speckled Band with Theatre Mill for site specific theatre in York, as well as writing original short science fiction plays (Kagome, Kagome, Off the Rock Productions). Max’s screen work includes Tales of Bacon, a medieval webseries, and Do Androids Dream of Electronic Cigarettes a science fiction inspired web advert. She was commissioned by York based One&Other magazine to write a speculative short story on a future York titled The Crash.

Max is in the final stages of a PhD by Creative Practice in Screenwriting focusing on posthuman noir in Anglo-American films and Japanese animation. Max has published on science fiction screenwriting for the BSFA's FOCUS magazine and on posthuman noir in Cinema: Journal of Film and Philosophy.

Steve Toase

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND BUT PLEASE DO BOOK A TICKET (FREE)

As always, this event is FREE TO ATTEND, just turn up (preferably before 5pm unless you want to risk some minor humiliation and additional attention... just saying, like).

Do join us if you can, and if you haven't been before, I assure you we are always (a) very welcoming, (b) very approachable, and (c) very pleased to have you along...

I'm confident that once again it'll be another great evening, full to bursting with inspiration, but we do need your support and attendance, so please plan ahead and take the time to book a FREE ticket - this helps make organising things in advance that little bit easier.

We're back at The New York Club, too -- much larger than our usual haunts but with limited facilities, cheaper drinks, and well... any feedback would be appreciated afterwards. There's no food again, but plenty of places nearby (and next door) should we end up decanting elsewhere.

For further info, updates and/or queries, please follow us on Twitter:

@YorkPubmeet

@mangozoid (organiser)

@BSFA

@BritFantasySoc

Start Date: 2017-06-03
Start Time: 16:30
End Date: 20:00

HumberSFF#4 with Peter Crowther and Ramsey Campbell

Title: HumberSFF#4 with Peter Crowther and Ramsey Campbell
Location: Hull Central Library, Kingston upon Hull, HU1 3TE
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Description: HumberSFF #4 Best In Class
HumberSFF is a regular FREE social for fans of the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror genres. Backed by the British Fantasy Society and the British Science Fiction Association, and with the help of Hull Central Library, Humber SFF provides the opportunity to meet others who love the fantasy and speculative fiction genres as well as an opportunity for aspiring writers and published authors to discover more about the industry both locally and nationally.
BEST IN CLASS
The City of Culture’s second season – Roots and Routes – is all about a city connected to the world beyond our port. Accordingly, our guest on Saturday May 27th will be Peter Crowther, and Ramsey Campbell.
Within their fields, both Peter and Ramsey are not simply award winning individuals but undisputed masters.

 


Peter Crowther is both an editor and author. His written work is available in several collections, and has been adapted for TV. You can read some of it on his site http://www.petercrowther.com/stories.php.
Many now know Peter for his work within PS Publishing. He and his wife Nicky have established PS Publishing as one of the most respected publishers of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in the UK. PS Publishing is one of the few publishers also covering poetry, and though they are based right here in East Yorkshire their reach is global.


Ramsey Campbell writes horror. His bibliography runs from 1957 to present day, and his work has been winning awards since 1978. His work includes Cold Print, The Parasite, Ancient Images, The Long Lost, and The Chimney, but his catalogue is immense.
His horror novels and stories have earned him many accolades including the Grand Master Award at the World Horror Convention in 1999, in 2015 Ramsey received an Honorary Fellowship from John Moores University in his home town of Liverpool for “Outstanding Services to Literature”. He continues to lead the way in horror fiction today. Ramsey is also an exceptional editor, having worked on a number of short story collections that have – naturally – gone on to win awards.

Perhaps the most important aspect of both our guests is not the awards they’ve won or the volume of exceptional stories, novels and publications they have created, but the high regard they are held in by those who read and love their work.
Tickets & attendance are free. However, seats will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis.
As well as the chance to hear both Peter and Ramsey discuss their current works, there will be the chance to win free books in our raffle.
All guests are welcome to join us after the event at the Old English Gentlemen on Worship Street for (possibly free) sandwiches and (definitely not free) drinks!
Start Time: 13:00
Date: 2017-05-27

BSFA London Meeting Wednesday May 24th Anna Smith-Spark interviewed by RA Smith

Location: Artillery Arms (upstairs --private-- bar) 102 Bunhill Row (corner of Dufferin St)  EC1Y 8ND
 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.

anna smith-spark author photo

This month's guest is Queen of Grimdark, Anna Smith-Spark, whose debut novel The Court of Broken Knives was described by Clarke Award-winner Adrian Tchaikovsky as "Fierce, gripping fantasy, exquisitely written; bitter, funny and heart-rending by turns". Anna has a BA in Classics, an MA in history and a PhD in English Literature. She has previously been published in the Fortean Times and the poetry website www.greatworks.org.

Photo R A Smith c/o https://projectshadowlondon.wordpress.com/

Anna is interviewed by Russell Smith (R. A. Smith) – is the author of Oblivion Storm and Primal Storm from The Grenshall Manor Chronicles series. He is a graduate of MMU where he studied for his BA in English and his MA in Creative Writing.

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).

June 17th - Mini convention and SFF/BSFA AGM
June 28 - TBA
July 26 - TBA
Start Time: 19:00

BAFTA at 70 – 2 for 1 ticket offer

BAFTA SFX Overnighter – Saturday 29 April

 Got no plans this bank holiday weekend? Come to BAFTA at for an all-night cult film extravaganza and enjoy a selection of BAFTA-nominated sci-fi + horror films back on the big screen!

As part of the BAFTA at 70 open weekend, celebrate the work of some of the earliest nominees of the BAFTA Awards for Special Effects. Revisit Poltergeist, E.T., Tron and Silent Running throughout the night on Saturday, with a specially curated food and beverage menu for guests whilst you watch.

 

Book your tickets here - for a limited period only, use the code BAFTA@70 to get a 2 for 1 ticket offer when booking!

BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini Covention

Location: Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ
Advance Notice!
BSFA/SFF AGM and Mini Convention
June 17th 2017
Lecture theatre 1, Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College London, SW7 2AZ

Times: 10:00am - 4:30pm (doors open from 09:30am)
BSFA AGM: noon
SFF AGM 1:30pm

Special Guest for BSFA: Anne Charnock


A Calculated Life, Anne’s debut novel, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards. Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind was one of The Guardian’s best SFF books of 2015. Dreams Before the Start of Time is one of Publishers Weekly’s most anticipated titles of Spring 2017.
Special Guest for SFF: Stephanie Saulter.


Stephanie Saulter is the author of the near-future science fiction @Evolution trilogy, including the novels Gemsigns, Binary and Regeneration. She is published by Jo Fletcher/Quercus.

Further guests to be announced.

The event is free and open to all for the panels and interviews, so non-members who wish to attend may wish to take advantage of the AGM times scheduled around lunch to mingle at a nearby venue (one will be suggested closer to the date).
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2017-06-17
End Time: 16:30