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?

Virtual Futures – submissions required

I’ve been contacted by the curators of Virtual Futures who are seeking submissions for their next live event in London. Submissions are open until 21 December 2017 on the following themes:

The (dis)ease of the i-Mortal: Born of earth or brought back from far away, biological or viral invasions or diseases can affect humans on any scale; from protecting or plaguing an individual to becoming an epidemic that affects us all. Take on a topic that Literature has meditated on from its inception; from Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, to Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, to Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, to Camus’s The Plague, to King’s The Stand.
Show us the good, the bad, but not the bland; we are relying on you to predict the future of infection and infestation in any of its various forms. What is the nature of the diseases, contagions or contaminations have in store?
Curated by Allen Ashley and Stephen Oram

E-Me’s: The digital world is a personality playground that offers us an unprecedented ability to curate and create a public persona — but what does this ability mean for the future of personhood?
As the digital world expands around us and the Internet of Things combines the physical and virtual do we have a moral obligation to represent ourselves with truth and integrity in the digital realm, or should we view it as an opportunity to explore new and radical ontologies?
Curated by Britte Schulte and Stephen Oram

Tomorrow’s Battles: War has, so far, been inevitable throughout human history – but what will the future of conflict or cooperation look like? Will the discoveries of the future lead us to a world without violent disagreement, or just result in us killing one another in more creative ways? Paint us your future of what kind of conflict – or lack of – will emerge from the caldron of tomorrow’s technologies: what utopia or dystopia will we be exposed to?
Curated by Jule Owen and Stephen Oram

Post-Brain: As technology gets smarter and smarter, the human brain is forced to reflect on itself in the mirror of the future and question what value it will have in a world in which wet tech, cerebral hacking and commodified consciousness could reign. A world not of enhancement or augmentation, but replacement. We implore you to enquire what the future of our most precious organ will be, while you still have one.
Curated by Vaughan Stanger and Stephen Oram

The deadline for submissions is 21 December 2017 and successful authors and poets will be notified in January 2018.

Submission guidelines: visit the Virtual Futures Facebook page for full details.

Videos of previous events can be viewed here.

4th 2017 York Pubmeet – MODERN VOICES IN FANTASY FICTION – Meet the Authors…

Saturday, 14 October 2017 from 16:30 to 19:30 (BST)

Hello again!

Yes, we have another crackin’ York Pubmeet event coming up this month, on Saturday 14th October 2017 in fact, with fantasy authors Anna-Smith Spark and R J Barker reading from their own work and taking questions on all things related to fantasy writing…

If you want any of their books signing, please feel free to bring them along, too!

We’re also returning to The Falcon Tap, inside the reassuring solidity of The Bunker!

To find it: turn right out of York station, and left at the traffic light junction at the top of the road, and then walk up Micklegate. The Falcon Tap is on the left and The Bunker is at the back of the pub!  The Falcon Tap is also probably one of York’s best kept secrets, so you should check it out anyway ‘cos the staff are just awesome!

The Falcon Tap: http://thefalcontap.co.uk

ABOUT OUR GUEST AUTHORS

AUTHOR - Anna-Smith Spark

Anna-Smith Spark is the author of The Court of Broken Knives, the highly acclaimed first book in the epic Empire of Dust series. You can read about this stunning series here: The Court of Broken Knives

You can find out more about Anna-Smith Spark HERE.

AUTHOR - R J Barker

R J Barker’s Age of Assassins is the first book in Barker’s The Wounded Kingdom Trilogy and has received great reviews already: Age of Assassins on Goodreads

You can read an interview with author R J Barker HERE.

THIS EVENT IS FREE TO ATTEND BUT PLEASE DO BOOK A TICKET

As always, this event is FREE TO ATTEND – just turn up!  Preferably before 5pm though!

 

Do join us if you can, and if you haven’t been before, I assure you we are always (a) very welcoming, (b) very approachable, and (c) very pleased to see you!

 

I’m confident that once again it’ll be another great evening, full to bursting with inspiration, but we do need your support and attendance, so please plan ahead and take the time to book a FREE ticket – this helps make organising things in advance that little bit easier at our end.

For further info, updates and/or queries, please follow us on Twitter:

@YorkPubmeet

@mangozoid (organiser)

@BSFA

@BritFantasySoc

BSFA London Meeting 27/09/17: Lavie Tidhar interviewed by Konrad Walewski

Photograph by Kevin Nixon. (c) Future Publishing 2013.

This month’s guest is Lavie Tidhar. Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama (2011), of The Violent Century (2013) and of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning A Man Lies Dreaming (2014). His latest novel is the Campbell Award winning and Clarke Award-nominated Central Station (2016).

Konrad Walewski

He will be interviewed by Konrad Walewski who is a writer, translator, anthologist, literary critic, and the editor and co-publisher of the Polish edition of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

 

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:

 

25th October Gaie Sebold

22nd November Anne Charnock interviewed by Glyn Morgan

Mostly Harmless sci-fi/fantasy event, London 22/08/17

The National Literacy Trust are launching their Mostly Harmless sci-fi/fantasy pub series in London at The Reliance, Shoreditch, London on Tuesday 22nd August.
Doors open at 6.30pm, and the quiz starts at 7pm
Entry fee is £10 per person in advance or £12 on the night (includes a free Pan Galactic Gargleblaster cocktail)
This month’s spotlight rounds on: Game of Thrones and Star Wars

Prizes include: limited edition prints from the newly illustrated editions of the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; signed books from Orbit; and other prizes from Orion Publishing Group and Discworld.com.

Further details and how to book your team onto the quiz can be found here:

… and if any BSFA members are interested in hosting a night outside London, please get in touch with the organisation here. http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/support/fundraising_and_events/mostly-harmless-quiz-series/host-your-own-mostly-harmless-quiz

BSFA London Meeting 23rd August: Jeff Noon interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua

Jeff Noon is an award-winning British cult novelist, short story writer and playwright. He won the Arthur C Clarke Award for Vurt, the John W Campbell award for Best New Writer, a Tinniswood Award for innovation in radio drama and the Mobil prize for playwriting.

Angry Robot author Jeff Noon



He was trained in the visual arts, and was musically active on the punk scene before starting to write plays for the theatre. His work spans SF and fantasy genres, exploring the ever-changing borderzone between genre fiction and the avant-garde.

He will be interviewed by Matthew de Abaitua, author of Arthur C Clarke shortlisted The Red Men and the novels If Then and The Destructives.

 

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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:

27th September TBA

25th October TBA

22nd November TBA