What do we look for when we vet your contract?
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What do we look for when we vet your contract?

The SoA advisory team reviews thousands of contracts sent in by members each year for confidential, clause-by-clause contract vetting. But what does this mean in practice? And how can you get the maximum benefit? We look at what’s in it… The contracts we see are for anything from book and TV deals to festival appearances…

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Your Top Membership FAQs Answered

One of the SoA’s core functions is to advise authors. In the final week of the SoA @ Home Festival we brought our Contracts and Membership teams together for a whistle-stop tour of the top queries currently crossing our desks. From protecting your work and clearing permissions to understanding contracts and how to negotiate them,…

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How to make great audio drama

Why write audio or podcast drama? How do you sell ideas to radio? In-conversation event with Scriptwriters Group chair David Morley alongside award-winning scriptwriter Rhiannon Tise and winners of this year’s Tinniswood and Imison Awards, Ian Martin (The Thick of It) and Vicky Foster. Broadcast live by the Society of Authors in Week 12 of…

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Translators in conversation

Broadcast live by the Society of Authors in Week 11 of the SoA @ Home Festival on 29 June 2020. Presented by Anna Ganley. At a time when travel is restricted and our horizons seem limited, we need translators more than ever to help us navigate the world. Award-winning translators Daniel Hahn, Katy Derbyshire and…

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Afternoon tea with… Inua Ellams

In Week 11 of the SoA @ Home Festival, author, playwright, poet and 2020 SoA Awards judge Inua Ellams shared a mini tour of his creative workspace, insights into what he’s currently working on, and how he has adapted to working in lockdown. Broadcast live by the Society of Authors on 2 July 2020. Presented…

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The 2020 McKitterick Prize – Celebrating debut novelists over 40

Last year, Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott won the McKitterick Prize for her debut novel, Swan Song. Join her in conversation with some of our 2020 McKitterick Prize shortlistees – Claire Adam (Golden Child); Sara Collins (The Confessions of Frannie Langton) and Regina Porter (The Travelers). Broadcast live by the Society of Authors in Week Ten of the…

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The 2020 Queen’s Knickers Award – children’s illustrators in lockdown

2020 is the inaugural year of the Queen’s Knickers Award, founded by children’s author Nicholas Allan and based on the book of the same name. Find out more about this award for an original children’s illustrated book, to discuss the shortlist and what it’s like being an illustrator in lockdown. Paula Johnson, the SoA’s Head…

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Life lessons learned in seven decades – with Frances Kay

As well as being a business writer, Frances Kay was a full-time carer for her husband and is used to coping with challenging times. In this session, Frances shares the 10 life lessons she has learned over the last seven decades. Frances Kay is a member of our Carers’ Network. Broadcast live by the Society…

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Afternoon Tea with… Cressida Cowell

In Week Nine of the SoA @ Home Festival, and on the day of our 2020 SoA Awards announcement, Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell invited us round for tea, shared insights into what she’s currently working on, and how she is adapting to working through the lockdown. Broadcast live on 18 June 2020. Presented by Jo…

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The Society of Authors’ Awards 2020 – announcing the winners

On Thursday 18th June we announced the 32 winners of the 2020 SoA Awards. Presented by Joanne Harris and members of the SoA staff team. – The Somerset Maugham Awards – The ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award – The Travelling Scholarships – The Paul Torday Memorial Prize – The Queen’s Knickers Award – The McKitterick Prize…

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Afternoon tea with… Sarah Waters

In Week Eight of the SoA @ Home Festival Sarah Waters shared a mini tour of her creative workspace, insights into what she’s currently working on, and how she is adapting to working online. Sarah is an SoA Council Member and a judge for this year’s Paul Torday Memorial Prize, part of the SoA Awards….