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TAFF election: dueling fanwriters

By Petrea Mitchell| January 21, 2013 | Comments Off on TAFF election: dueling fanwriters

The 2013 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund election has opened. This year’s winning candidate will travel from Europe to North America for the World Science Fiction Convention.

The candidates are Theresa Derwin and Jim Mowatt, both of whom have not only provided the required platform statement, but are also publishing newsletters throughout the campaign.

Anyone may vote, with a minimum contribution $3 or £2 to the fund. The ballot and further details are available here. Voting closes on Friday, April 19.

The candidates’ statements and zines:

    Theresa Derwin’s statement: “Derwin: The Natural Selection.

    Theresa Derwin is standing for TAFF! A regular convention attendee and panel moderator/member, Theresa has been active in fandom since her teen years. She produces fanzine Andromeda’s Offspring, which promotes the genre work of female authors. She has also previously written for Critical Wave and writes book reviews on her blog, www.terror-tree.co.uk, whilst writing lots of fiction in a variety of anthologies and in her first book Monsters Anonymous. Theresa wants to attend LoneStarCon3 as a positive ambassador for European/British fandom and female fans and writers in particular. She brings enthusiasm, knowledge and humour to the race!”

  • Theresa Derwin’s zine: Theresa For TAFF newsletter
  • Jim Mowatt’s statement: “Jim Mowatt came of age in the fiery fannishness of Leeds and burst upon the scene as Jim Trash at the Sou’wester Eastercon in 1994. Few noticed. He retreated into the shadows like a bewildered ninja. Since then he has made a number of friends, produced fanzines (e.g. Pips and Beam) and decided that fandom is a wonderful place to be(eblebear). He has produced a prodigious number of podcasts, and has a great face for radio. Jim followed a woman to Cambridge in 2002. She didn’t call the police so he moved in. San Antonio needs to know why.”
  • Jim Mowatt’s zine: Tiny TAFFzine
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