Shortlist for 2017 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize

1st December 2017 We are delighted to reveal the four books that have been shortlisted for the 2017 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize, which recognises full-length works of imaginative and creative writing translated from Arabic. The winner will be announced in January, and presented with their £3,000 award at the Society of Authors Translation Prizes on…

Sally Rooney Wins The Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2017

7 December 2017  Sally Rooney’s debut novel CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS (Faber) has won this year’s Sunday Times / Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award 2017.  The £5,000 award was presented at a ceremony at The London Library on Thursday 7th December.  This year’s prize was judged by The Sunday Times Literary Editor…

Write to your MSP about the Scottish Culture Budget

29 November 2017 Next month the funds available to Scottish culture will be decided in a settlement between Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government. The proposals have been made available and each one presents a scenario where significantly less funding and fewer opportunities are available to develop arts and culture in Scotland. The Advocacy Group…

SoA responds to the 2017 Autumn Statement

23 November 2017 While there are no major changes or surprises, we find little to be enthusiastic about in this week’s Autumn Statement, with several points likely to disappoint authors, particularly those on lower incomes, and nothing to stimulate publishing and the creative industries as Brexit progresses. Yesterday’s Autumn Statement, while offering some concessions to…