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?

London Meeting: A Tribute to Brian Aldiss 24th January

Our next meeting is a tribute to the legendary novelist Brian Aldiss who passed away in 2017. Although not one of the founder members of the BSFA, Brian was  given the #1 membership number very early in its days, and we were honoured to have him as our special guest at the BSFA/SFF joint AGM and mini-convention a couple of years ago.

Brian Aldiss won BSFA Awards in 1971 for his collection, The Moment of Eclipse, and in 1973 won a special award for Billion Year Spree. In 1982 he won the Best Novel award for Helliconia Spring, repeating the win in 1985 for Helliconia Winter.

The evening will feature readings from several authors including BSFA Award-winning Dave Hutchinson.

The BSFA’s Monthly London Meetings are FREE!

When: usually the 4th Wed of each month (excl Dec).  Fans meet from 1800 in the main downstairs bar upstairs start at 19:00 -though some regulars go upstairs earlier. Interview starts ~19:15.

Where:
You can find us upstairs at:
The Artillery Arms, 102 Bunhill Row, London, 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.

Future meetings: 28th February, we welcome Tade Thompson, author of Rosewater and The Murders of Molly Southbourne.

SUP Theatre Company’s Dirk Gently

SUP Theatre Company is bringing Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency to the stage.

Based on Adams’ popular novel, which has been described as “a thumping good detective-ghost-horror- whodunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy theatrical epic”, the play is running from 30th January to 3rd February.

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Mixing live action with computer graphics and film, the production also features a little bit of magic.

SUP is an award-winning community theatre group. Affiliated to the University of Southampton, which performs at the NST Campus theatre, the group often run productions for charity and have made appearances at events such as the Totton Drama Festival. SUP members include people from all backgrounds across the city, attracted by opportunities in acting, directing, writing, design, costume, lights, sound and more.

Tickets can be bought directly at the NST Campus here and are £13 each (£10 concessions).

 

The BSFA Review – Get Your Sample Here!

In the last mailing, BSFA members received a little booklet of our latest regular publication: BSFA Review. #1 was produced as an A5 booklet as an exclusive treat for our members in its first incarnation. And in the last newsletter, BSFA members received a copy of BSFA Review #2 in its regular PDF form.

In order for visitors to site to see what the BSFA Review is like, we are now making the #1 BSFA Review available here in PDF.

This is free for you to download here. BSFA Review_1_FINAL

The Twilight Zone at the Almeida Theatre

If going to a pantomime isn’t your thing this time of year, you may be delighted to learn of this production of The Twilight Zone, running from 5th-11th December at the Almeida, London N1 1TA.

Between light and shadow, science and superstition, fear and knowledge is a dimension of imagination. An area we call the Twilight Zone.

Adapted by Anne Washburn (Mr Burns) and directed by Olivier Award-winner Richard Jones, this world premiere production of the acclaimed CBS Television Series The Twilight Zone lands on stage for the first time in its history. Or its present. Or its future.

 

Based on stories by Rod Serling, Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson. Adapted by Anne Washburn and directed by Richard Jones.

London Meeting November 22nd: Anne Charnock interviewed by Glyn Morgan

This month’s guest is author Anne Charnock.

 

Before becoming a science-fiction author, Anne Charnock was a foreign correspondent who got to travel the world. Her debut novel A Calculated Life, was a finalist for the 2013 Philip K. Dick and Kitschies Golden Tentacle Awards. Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind was named one of The Guardian’s best SFF books of 2015. Her current novel, Dreams Before the Start of Time, released in April 2017, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

In 2017, she became “interviewer in residence” for the Arthur C. Clarke Award as part of the award’s collaboration with Ada Lovelace Day.

Anne will be interviewed by former Vector editor, Glyn Morgan.

Glyn recently completed his Ph.D in English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and is a Current Research in Speculative Fiction (CRSF) conference team leader as well as co-founder and events organiser of Twisted Tales Events.

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).

Future meetings:

London Meeting 25th October, Gaie Sebold and Guest

This month, our guest author is Gaie Sebold.

Photo via Rebellion Publishing.

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Gaie is the author of two rather splendid book series:  Babylon Steel and Dangerous Gifts were published by Solaris, thrilling tales following the adventures of a brothel keeper; the Gears of Empire steampunk series followed, Shanghai Sparrow, which came out in 2014, and Sparrow Falling is the latest book. Gaie is also a prolific short fiction writer, and “A Change of Heart” from the Wicked Women anthology was nominated for a British Fantasy Award.

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).

Future meetings:

 

22nd November Anne Charnock interviewed by Glyn Morgan