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Shortlisted in lockdown

Broadcast live by the Society of Authors on 10 June 2020 as part of the SoA @ Home Festival. Meet some of the 2020 SoA Awards shortlistees. Robyn Law talked to Catriona Ward, Okechukwu Nzelu, Gaby Koppel and Rónán Hession, about writing and being shortlisted during the health crisis. — Rónán Hession is an Irish…

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Afternoon tea with… Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

We took an unsanctioned trip to the Republic of Ireland to visit Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin, aka bestselling crime writer Sam Blake, during Week Six of the SoA @ Home Festival. In conversation with Sophia Jackson, Vanessa shared her creative routine, a mini tour of her creative workspace, insights into what she’s currently working on, and…

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How to work well from home

Matthew Knight, founder of the freelance workers website Leapers (leapers.co), looks at ways to maintain positive mental health and how that might look for you. Featuring advice and tips from Leapers’ resources around coronavirus and mental health. Broadcast live by the Society of Authors on 27 May 2020 as part of the SoA @ Home…

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Developing and pitching content for children’s film and TV – with Curtis Jobling

Animation industry veteran Curtis Jobling shares insights into how (and what) content to develop and pitch for children’s film and television. Broadcast live by the Society of Authors on 26 May 2020 as part of the SoA @ Home Festival. Presented by Jo McCrum. Curtis Jobling is the designer of hit children’s television show Bob…

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Industry Insider with Arts Council Wales and Creative Scotland

Judith Musker Turner (Development Officer at Arts Council of Wales) and Alan Bett (Literature Officer at Creative Scotland) talked to SoA Development Manager Francesca Howell about the ongoing impact of the pandemic on the literature sector, and how organisations have adapted to continue to support authors across the UK. Broadcast live on 20 May 2020…

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How to sell your writing in interviews – with Anna Caig

Communications expert Anna Caig delivers this session on interview skills for authors, with a focus on the online opportunities that have become ‘the new normal’ in recent months. Broadcast live on 19 May 2020 as part of the SoA @ Home Festival. Presented by Francesca Howell. Anna Caig has worked in communications for 17 years,…

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Afternoon tea with… Vaseem Khan

Writer and Betty Trask Awards judge Vaseem Khan invited us round for virtual tea and literary cake in week four of the SoA@Home Festival and on the day we announced the shortlists for the 2020 Society of Authors’ Awards. The SoA’s Robyn Law asked him about judging book awards in lockdown, his creative routine, and…

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Book Marketing with Sam Missingham

Sam Missingham of The Empowered Author (theempoweredauthor.com) shares marketing tips and advice, relevant whether you’re traditionally published, hybrid or an indie author. Presented by Anna Ganley. Broadcast live by the Society of Authors in Week four of the SoA @ Home Festival on 12 May 2020. Sam Missingham runs the Empowered Author website which offers…

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Afternoon Tea with… Roger McGough

Roger McGough gave a couple of hundred of us a warm welcome into his home during Week Three of the SoA @ Home Festival. We talked about poetry in lockdown, poetry doors, working class writers and more. Presented by Nicola Solomon. Broadcast live by the Society of Authors in Week three of the SoA @ Home…

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Afternoon tea with… Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman invited us (and 500 of our best friends) into his tiny writing loft during Week Two of the SoA @ Home Festival. We talked about life in lockdown, working with wood, and Lyra in Syria. Presented by Nicola Solomon. Broadcast live by the Society of Authors in Week two of the SoA @…