A pleasant room in St Johns College, with big fucking French windows.
Geoff Ryman 'performed' most of his short story 'V.A.O.' here, before it had been published.
Almost had a Science Fiction Bums (and Comp Soc?) meeting here with Cory Doctorow; someone asked for directions, putting the porters onto us and the meeting had to be held on the grass outside. Why exactly weren't we allowed to use the room, again?
Right, basically SJC (and possibly other colleges too, officially) requires advance warning and some cash (around £20) if outside speakers are coming. We have known this in the past, but have avoided making our meetings too obvious by not bringing along many outsiders. I'm not sure if this is an aversion to college being used for money-making purposes (we're none-profit) or for insurance reasons (although how having Cory Doctorow, who could probably pass for a post-grad, and twenty random blokes sitting in a room is different from having twenty-one random mates of mine in a room, which is considered acceptable, is beyond me). Anyhow, we probably shouldn't use this room for author meetings for a few terms, as the porters are likely to have my name on a list of shifty-looking types for a while. MF
We've got a file on you! -- MI5?, feat The St John's Porters
The Graves Room is in Sir Thomas White Quad.
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