BSFA London Meeting June 28th 2017

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.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).

This month’s guest is Clarke-Award-nominated and BSFA- Award-winning novelist Dave Hutchinson.

Dave Hutchinson has been producing beautiful, highly accomplished science fiction for absolutely ages, but his most recent Europe series, published by Rebellion’s Solaris imprint, has garnered a slew of critical praise and landed various prestigious prize nominations. The series follows the story of Estonian chef, Rudi, who is drawn into am intriguing situation in a tale of speculative espionage, which takes place in a fragmenting near-future Europe. The latest book of the series – Europe at Midnight – won the 2016 BSFA Best Novel Award.

Tom Hunter

Dave will be interviewed by Tom Hunter, Director of The Arthur C. Clarke Awards. Tom was Editor for the BSFA’s Matrix magazine from 2004 to 2007, and Editor-in-Chief for the arts & culture website LondonCalling.com, 2011 to 2014. He is also a fiction writer, having had a story published in Newcon Press’ Fables from the Fountain anthology, an homage to Arthur C. Clarke’s Tales from the White Hart.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2017-06-28

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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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