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The BSFA would like to apologise to our members for the delay in members receiving this year’s BSFA Awards commemorative booklet. The booklet is now in the post and should be with us all any day now. Back story: our team worked with great effort to ensure that we had the files and rights permissions we needed from creators and publishers, to put together the booklet, proofread it, and supply it to our printers with addresses in plenty of time. Our printers were aware of our timescale, and everything was supplied on time. We checked repeatedly and were assured progress was being made and the deadline would be achieved. When we checked towards the end of March we were assured that everything was ready to go. When we checked again at the very end of March, we were told you would get your booklets within the first couple of days of April. As no booklets had been received by the weekend, I followed up again, and was told that due to post room delays the mailing was not going out until Tuesday. I suspect that has hit Wednesday’s collection. I understand if this is frustrating to our members, and it is especially so to those of us who worked hard to get the booklet completed well in advance. I am in fact, pretty angry, and will be considering how to redress the situation. We hope that members who wish to vote but are are unfamiliar with the shortlisted works are availing themselves of other opportunities to read the selected works where possible. Once again, please accept our apologies.

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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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