AndromedaA brand new one-day science fiction convention Andromeda One, is coming to the Custard Factory in Birmingham this month. The event will feature book launches, kaffeeklatches, panels, signings, writing and publishing workshops and will also be offering a stream dedicated to workshops on gender parity, multiculturalism and disabilities within the genres of science-fiction, fantasy and horror.

This year’s Guests of Honour are acclaimed novelist, comic book writer and screenwriter Paul Cornell (famed for his contributions to the Dr Who TV series) and science-fiction author Jaine Fenn, creator of the Hidden Empire series.

Event co-ordinator Theresa Derwin said ‘I’m delighted to be bringing this exciting new event to Birmingham, which promises to be both heartily entertaining and loaded with useful content for writers. We’ll also be opening up discussion on some of the most pertinent issues today in the science-fiction, fantasy and horror community.’

Andromeda One runs on Saturday 21st September from 11am-10pm, with the book-sales room opening from 9am. To book your ticket, or for more information, visit

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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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