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Afternoon Tea with Cecelia Ahern

25 February @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

Virtual Event

We grab a cuppa with award-winning novelist Cecelia Ahern in conversation with crime writer Vanessa Fox O’Louglin, member of the SoA’s Management Committee. Cecelia will offer insights into her work and creative routine, and the impact of the pandemic on life and writing.

The event will take place on online via WebinarJam and the link will be sent to registered attendees.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome from Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin

  • 5-15 minutes – Discussion with Cecelia Ahern about her work and career, and glimpse into her creative routine

  • 5 minutes – Cecelia will do a short reading from her latest novel, Freckles

  • 10 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected during the pandemic

  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience

If you would like to send questions for Cecelia Ahern in advance, email Sophia A Jackson with ‘Cecelia Ahern – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.


The line-up

Cecelia Ahern – Novelist

Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. Her novels have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 25 million copies in over 50 countries. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series. Cecelia has won numerous awards for her books, including the Irish Book Award for Popular Fiction for The Year I Met You. She lives in Dublin with her family. Her latest book, Postscript, is out now.


Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin – Writer, member of SoA Management Committee

Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin writes crime as bestseller Sam Blake. The Dark Room, a country house mystery set in West Cork, is her latest chart topper and is out now. Vanessa is the founder of the multi-award-winning writing resources website Writing.ieThe Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the Murder One International Crime Writing Festival

Websites: www.writing.ie / www.samblakebooks.com | Twitter: @samblakebooks 

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Book your place using the registration form below.

All our SoA @ Home Afternoon Teas are free to everyone but, if you can afford it, we recommend a minimum £5 donation to the Authors’ Contingency Fund to help us support authors facing financial hardship during the health crisis.  DONATE HERE

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Since March 2020, the Authors’ Contingency Fund has distributed over £1 million in small grants to authors facing financial hardship due to COVID-19.

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.

As the health crisis continues, applications for grants continue to come in, and our emergency funds are running low.

So, if you are in a position to help, please donate via the link below. If you are an author facing financial hardship, please click here to see if we can help.


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The Society of Authors is the UK’s biggest trade union for authors – representing more than 11,300 writers, illustrators, translators and other creative practitioners.

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

As an SoA member, you’ll get:

  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
  • Unlimited one-to-one professional advice
  • Membership of our online and real-world professional networks
  • A range of member-only discounts, including books, insurance and travel
  • And much more.



25 February
14:30 - 15:15 GMT
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