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Afternoon Tea with Antonia Fraser

22 October @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Image of Antonia Fraser and Nicola Solomon for the SoA at Home Festival Autumn / Winter 2020 #SoAatHome

Grab a cuppa and get to know Antonia Fraser – chair emeritus for the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography – in conversation with the SoA’s Chief Executive Nicola Solomon.


2 minutes – Welcome from Nicola Solomon, SoA Chief Executive

5-10 minutes – Introduction from Antonia Fraser for a glimpse into her creative routine

10-15 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected

10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience

If you would like to send questions for Antonia in advance, email Sophia A Jackson with ‘Antonia Fraser’ – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance. We will do our best to answer questions posted live in the comments section, but we cannot guarantee that every question will be answered.

The line-up

Lady Antonia Fraser – Author, historian

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works, which have been international bestsellers. She was awarded the Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000 and was made a DBE in 2011 for services to literature. Her previous books include Mary Queen Of Scots, King Charles Ii, The Weaker Vessel: Woman’s Lot In Seventeenth-Century England which won the Wolfson History Prize, Marie Antoinette: The Journey, Perilous Question: The Drama Of The Great Reform Bill 1832 and The King And The Catholics: The Fight For Rights 1829.   Must You Go?, A Memoir Of Her Life With Harold Pinter, was published in 2010, and MY HISTORY: A Memoir Of Growing Up, in 2015. She lives in London. The Case of The Married Woman: Caroline Norton, A 19th Century Heroine will be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson on 6 May 2021.
Antonia Fraser’s website

Nicola Solomon – Chief Executive, Society of Authors

Nicola’s role encompasses protecting authors’ interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising individual authors and campaigning for authors’ rights, as well as for the wider cultural environment.

Nicola is an expert in the publishing industry and the associated law, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract.

She is a Deputy District Judge and sits on the board of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council and the European Writers Council.

At the SoA Nicola liaises with the Management Committee to set and implement strategy and policy and to manage finance. She liaises with external organisations and manages the SoA team of professional staff.

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With at least 57% of authors facing financial losses during the pandemic, we have helped people struggling financially due to contractual, employment and event cancellations, others who have lost income due to illness, and others prevented from working because of caring responsibilities.

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Our standard subscription rate is just £26.25 per quarter (£18.50 for students).

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22 October
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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