Lit Fest shout out

Martin Reed

Martin Reed

Martin leads the SoA's Communications team. He oversees our strategic communications and campaign-based activities, including PR, social media, events and partnerships.

16 February 2016

Authors on Twitter have been using the hashtag #litfestshoutout to highlight those festivals who treat their speakers well. We too would like to thank the festivals who have taken the time to contact us to discuss the terms they offer authors.

Following our survey and the debate fuelled by Philip Pullman’s resignation as Patron of Oxford Literary Festival, we’ve been contacted by many organisers and welcome the generally positive response to authors’ right to be paid and treated fairly.

We’re delighted that our Minimum Practice Guidelines are being referenced and used. For instance, Barnes Children’s Literature Festival, which is in its second year, told the press that:

the festival is committed to paying all participating authors and illustrators a fee in line with the Society of Authors guidelines, as well as covering costs for travel and accommodation. Ms Brettargh explained: ‘We really value the time and words of all our visiting authors and illustrators, and want them to have as good a time as our audience. Read more

We are continuing to work with all parties to improve terms and treatment for all and will be updating our survey to encompass the new information we have received. Please do continue to contact us on info@societyofauthors.org.

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