Second poll confirms most authors will be hard hit by COVID-19

4 June 2020 The Society of Authors’ second real-time survey confirms extent of impact of COVID-19 on authors’ income and wellbeing as implications for daily life and publishing industry continue to emerge.  We have released the results of our second Authors in the Health Crisis survey assessing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on authors’…

Nominations open for SoA Management Committee elections

20 May 2020 We warmly invite Society of Authors members to stand, or to propose fellow members to stand, for election to the Management Committee. Any full member (not associate member) is eligible. There will be four vacancies after the AGM in November at which time David Donachie Ferdinand Dennis, Mary Hoffman and Philip Womack…

2020 SoA Awards shortlists – celebrating the inclusive power of the written word

14 May 2020 Inclusive power of the written word celebrated as TV news presenter George Alagiah, and Costa Award winner Sally Gardner share Society of Authors’ Awards shortlists with ‘Banksy of Poetry’ Brian Bilston and poet and activist Ani Kayode Somtochukwu. The Society of Authors today (Thursday 14 May) announces the shortlists for the Betty…

SoA tables evidence to Commons committees on COVID-19 impact

The Society of Authors has submitted detailed written evidence to the House of Commons Select Committees for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The committees, composed of MPs of all parties, are taking evidence from individuals and organisations across the economy on the effects of COVID-19 on the…

Reading Tax scrapped seven months early: SoA welcomes Treasury move

Reading Tax scrapped seven months early: SoA welcomes Treasury move

1 May 2020 VAT on digital publications is zero rated from today in government move to boost the books industry. HM Treasury announced yesterday that  its March Budget plan to scrap 20% VAT on ebooks and other digital publications will be fast-tracked to today (1 May 2020). In his first budget Chancellor Rishi Sunak had…

SoA joins call to shut unlawful ‘National Emergency Library’ now

27 April 2020 The Society of Authors has joined the Authors Guild – the SoA’s sister union in the US – in calling for Internet Archive’s so-called ‘National Emergency Library’ to be taken offline. Following her intervention last month, in which she labelled the move by San Francisco-based Internet Archive ‘disgraceful and unlawful’, SoA Chief…

SoA deems so-called National Emergency Library ‘disgraceful and unlawful’

31 March 2020 The Society of Authors has joined a chorus of criticism from authors’ and publishers’ groups in branding the Internet Archive’s (IA) move to make its collection freely available online ‘disgraceful and unlawful’. The SoA’s intervention follows IA’s removal of download restrictions on 1.4 million books hosted on its site – a step…

Income support scheme for self-employed workers: ‘welcome … but much more detail needed’

28 March 2020 On 26 March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, revealed a package of financial support for self-employed workers. The announcement is welcome and we expect it to help many authors and other freelancers, if administered correctly. The SoA has been working hard with the Creative Industries Federation and others to push…

Scott Moncrieff Prize winner Linda Coverdale donates winnings to fellow translator

27 March 2020 Winner of the Scott Moncrieff Prize Linda Coverdale has donated her prize money (£1,000) to fellow translator Gilles Mourier. Linda Coverdale (pictured) won the 2019 Scott Moncrieff Prize – part of the Society of Authors’ Translation Prizes – earlier this year but was unable to attend the awards ceremony in February 2020….