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£600k Hardship Fund for authors in Scotland

20 October 2020 SoA partners with Creative Scotland to distribute £600k in hardship grants to authors in Scotland. The Society of Authors has been confirmed as one of five delivery partners to work with Creative Scotland on the distribution of the Scottish Government’s £5 million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers. Alongside BECTU, Crafts Council & Craft Scotland, Help Musicians…

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Two-thirds of authors reporting loss of income during Covid-19, according to new SoA survey

15 October 2020 Our third real-time survey Authors in the Health Crisis confirms extent of Covid-19 impact on the earnings of writers, illustrators and literary translators – and highlights lack of Government support. Two-thirds (65%) of writers, illustrators and literary translators have suffered a loss of income Almost half (49%) say the loss is more…

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Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 for SoA members

Congratulations to the SoA members who were recently recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020 list: Past SoA Chair Daniel Hahn for receiving an OBE for services to literature Cressida Cowell for receiving an MBE for services to children’s literature Martin Bailey, who also received an MBE for services for art history and journalism. Cressida…

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SoA tables Six-Point Plan for Authors to HM Treasury

24 September 2020 The Society of Authors has submitted a package of measures to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, ahead of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) consultation deadline today (24 September 2020).   The four-year CSR, which was due to accompany the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget, was widely expected to set Government budgets for the years 2021/22 to 2023/24.   However, following the Chancellor’s cancellation of his Autumn…

From Gaiman to Atwood: announcing the new line-up for the SoA @ Home Festival
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From Gaiman to Atwood: announcing the new line-up for the SoA @ Home Festival

24 September 2020 Autumn / Winter programme of online events kicks off on 1 October with an in-conversation session with Neil Gaiman to raise cash for the Authors’ Contingency Fund. In May, at the height of lockdown, the Society of Authors launched an ambitious programme of free online events to help guide, inspire and entertain…

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SoA condemns the arrests of three translators in Belarus

18 September 2020 The Society of Authors has condemned the arrests of Belarusian authors in the wake of peaceful protests in Minsk earlier this month. According to reports by English PEN and CEATL, three prominent members of Belarus PEN were detained during protests on 8 September 2020, which follow highly contested elections in the country…

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Translators Association launches #CelebrateYourTranslator campaign

16 September 2020 Our Translators Association (TA) will be highlighting authors and their translators in the run-up to International Translation Day on 30 September across social media – culminating in the opening of our 2020 Translation Prizes. The campaign – #CelebrateYourTranslator – aims to highlight the important relationship between author and translator and the vital…

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SoA condemns violence and repression in Belarus

1 September 2020 The Society of Authors joins calls alongside writer unions across Europe to denounce the ongoing violence and repression in Belarus. Photo © andriano_cz / Adobe Stock SoA Chief Executive, Nicola Solomon, who visited the country as part of a European Writers’ Council (EWC) delegation to Minsk in 2018, last week wrote to Foreign…