SoA’s Scriptwriters Group welcomes three new committee members

Award-winning scriptwriters Robin Mukherjee, Trish Cooke and award-winning narrator Imogen Church are the most recent recruits to the SoA’s Scriptwriters Group (SWG) committee, which lobbies on behalf of UK scriptwriters. (Above: Imogen Church (left), Robin Mukherjee (centre), Trish Cooke (right) The Scriptwriters Group represents writers and makers across digital, broadcast, AV and theatre. It supports members and…

Universal Credit: are you affected by the rule change?

The SoA seeks urgent feedback on the new requirement that claimants must look more widely for jobs after four weeks of benefits.   The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) can now make claimants receiving Universal Credit (UC) start to look for any job after four weeks of receiving benefits. Previously claimants had been permitted…

The late Sonya Hale and Faebian Averies scoop top awards for original audio drama writing

25 March 2022 Winners announced by Trish Cooke at the BBC Audio Drama Awards ceremony Playwright and children’s writer Trish Cooke presented Faebian Averies with the 2022 Imison Award for the best original script by a writer new to radio, and to producer Róisín McBrinn (on behalf of Sonya Hale) with the Tinniswood Award for…

The SoA view… on turning back the clock on festival and event accessibility

25 March 2022 A joint statement from the Society of Authors, the Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses network, Inklusion, and the SoA’s Poetry and Spoken Word Group Illustration © Antonio Rodriguez One of the few positive impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic has been that as events and festivals were shifted to an online format, they…

“Awards like this are needed” – 2022 Society of Authors’ Awards judges are announced

24 March 2022 Anietie Isong, Roger Robinson and Caroline Brothers among the judges awarding prizes in our first in-venue SoA Awards in three years    Celebrating literary works from fiction, to poetry, to children’s books, the 2022 Society of Authors’ Awards will return to Southwark Cathedral on 1 June 2022 for our first in-venue ceremony since…

#PayTheCreator – calling for all creative freelancers to be paid professionally and promptly

17 March 2022 #PayTheCreator The Creators’ Rights Alliance (CRA) has launched Pay the Creator, calling for authors and other creative practitioners to be paid professionally and promptly, and to be given the same considerations enjoyed by other workers in the areas of pay, business support and policy making. How you can help As an author or…

SoA and CWIG respond to cancellation of LGBTQ+ author’s school visit

10 March 2022 A joint statement from the SoA and Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group in support of Simon Green and the LGBTQ+ author community. The SoA and Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group oppose the cancellation of a school talk by Simon Green, an author of LGBTQ+ young adult fiction. Simon had been due to…

SoA launches project to represent authors’ interests in Scotland 

1 March 2022 The Society of Authors welcomes Heather Parry in the newly created role of Senior Policy and Liaison Manager for Scotland.   The Society of Authors has launched a pilot project to represent authors in Scotland, thanks to financial support from Creative Scotland. Heather Parry joined the SoA on 7 February 2022 to lead…

SoA survey shows the continued impact of the pandemic on authors’ wellbeing

3 March 2022 As the government unveils its ‘Living with Covid’ plan, almost all respondents to our latest Authors in the Health Crisis survey report ongoing concerns over the impact of Covid-19.  Key findings  Almost all respondents (93%) expressed a continued concern over the impact of Covid-19 in 2022.  Almost half of all respondents (45%) reported…

Joanne Harris re-elected unanimously as chair of Society of Authors board

1 March 2022 Author of Chocolat stands unopposed for second two-year term as chair of the SoA’s management committee Photograph © Kyte Photography The novelist Joanne Harris has been re-elected chair of the Society of Authors’ management committee – the SoA’s member-elected board of directors and charity trustees – at their January 2022 meeting. She…