BSFA Lecture at Eastercon

We are delighted to announce the 2017 BSFA lecture.  Dr. Sarah Whitfield will speak on Who Tells Your Story?’ Revolutions|revelations in Hamilton : An American Musical”

Sarah Whitfield II


She writes, “Hamilton is a phenomenon. For many it is a revolution in musical theatre, crashing the sound of hip-hop into the Broadway sound and challenging the history of the U.S. as the property of a few great white men. Yet is it a revolution for musicals? Hamilton invites us to reassess musical theatre and understand how it has enacted a ‘struggle to dream intensely’ about radical racial inclusion and diversity for over a century.”


Dr Sarah Whitfield is a Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at University of Wolverhampton. She is a musical theatre researcher, practitioner and academic. She writes about theatre history with a particular focus in uncovering the work that women do in the arts. As a dramaturg she has collaborated and advised on a range of projects from site-specific immersive theatre to West End musicals. She tweets at @sarahinthepark
The talk will be at 11:30 am on Saturday, 15 April 2017 at Innominate, the 2017 Eastercon, which is being held at the Hilton NEC Metropole in Birmingham. Day memberships are currently available and will be available at the door as well. Details of the convention are available here:

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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?

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