Hello fellow mad March hares... sit down and have some tea. Don't touch the biscuits. Okay, just one then. Not a chocolate one.
I'm back from the mixed bag o'fun that was SciFi Weekender in Hafan y Mor. It was pretty, it was cold. No - it was chuffing freezing!
I filmed a short piece for a film which will be coming out during the SciFi London festival... I may end up on the cutting room floor yet, mind. Still, you should endeavour to look into The Search for Simon which is billed as a cross between Shaun of the Dead and the X-Files. It has Carol Cleveland from Monty Python and Tom Price, who I've done comedy with before, and Simon Jones, and, hey - it's pretty cool already. Clicky the link and see how you can get involved too.
I'm 2.5 books down in the readathon that is this year's BSFA Awards shortlist. I'm on the Kim Stanley Robinson at the mo - it's about a million pages long, but on the plus side, I'm not having to visit the gym so often. Just the chiropractor...
But I'm pretty excited to be hosting a talk all about the awards on March 20th at The Cellar Bar, The Argyle Public House, 1 Greville Street (off Leather Lane), London EC1N 8PQ. It starts at 7pm, is free, and all are welcome.
Joining me will be Duncan Lawie, SF critic and future Clarke Awards judge, Anne Perry of ultra-cool SF website Pornokitsch and cofounder of the Kitschies awards (like our awards, but with added rum), and author Kim Curran, creator of the exciting YA thriller Shift.
BSFA/Eastercon members have until March 25th for advance votes for the awards that will be announced at Eastercon in Bradford this year (to be presented by the lovely London-Gothic-storymeister Paul Cornell). Votes can be accepted at the con until 12 noon on the day of the ceremony too. Check out more on www.bsfa.co.uk.
WAMA at The Vic carries on as usual - next gig March 14th. It's Northampton's premier New acts/New material night.
Northampton is great for live comedy! Why not join my mailing list on the contacts page, and I'll send you reminders about these and other shows.
This pic of me sitting on The Iron Throne is old news now, but look at me. I'm really comfy. Don't ask me to move.
More from me... I have a blog on this site for my pro stuff, but to keep up with more personal ramblings of a downshifting nature, read A Frugal Wench.
About Donna Scott...
A stalwart of the British science fiction scene, Donna Scott is an administrator for the British Science Fiction Association Awards as well as a copy-editor and proofreader, enjoying the coolness of working with some of the greats and hot new stars of sf.
She is also co-editor of dark fantasy fanzine Visionary Tongue, which was established in 1995 by fantasy writer Storm Constantine to help bring new writing to the fore and features prose, poetry, interviews and insights into the weird and wonderful world of creativity.
As first ever official Bard of Northampton, and regular MC of Northampton's premier new acts/new material comedy night, We are Most Amused at The Victoria, Donna has performed stand-up and poetry all over the UK, playing to crowds big and small, from pubs and arthouses to festival crowds. An MC and comic with a difference, Donna has been called upon to bring her warm, friendly musings and poetry to all sorts of events, including the BSFA Awards ceremony, Lyric Lounge, The Fishmarket Presents: Edinburgh Previews, various science fiction and fantasy conventions and Bite n'Write Food Bloggers' Conference.
" That's funny, Donna Scott. I forgot it was poetry after a while." Lewis Schaffer
"Donna Scott combines a lovable, zany persona with skillfully written material." Dave Thompson
"Donna Scott brought us back on the straight and narrow with an eloquently delivered set that went down well... worth seeing again." - The Comedy Cow, Milton Keynes
"I really enjoyed your set." Jamie SutherlandDonna reached the semi-finals of Jongleurs Comedy Callback in 2009 and recently debuted her first half-show at Nottingham Comedy Festival with rising star, Ben Briggs. Most treasured comedy moment: when Sarah Millican said she'd nearly pissed herself at one of her gags.
Check out the 'Scribbles' page to see examples and links to many of Donna's published short stories, poems and articles.