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Afternoon Tea with Claire Fuller

27 May @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

Virtual Event

Grab a cuppa and get to know novelist and Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021 shortlistee Claire Fuller – in conversation with SoA’s Prizes and Awards Manager Robyn Law. Claire will discuss her work, career and what it’s like being an SoA Awards judge, as well as offering a glimpse into her creative routine.

Read the SoA Awards 2021 shortlist announcement here. This year’s SoA Award winners will be announced online on Wednesday 9 June 2021. Find out more

This event is part of SoA Awards @ Home – ongoing virtual celebrations for this year’s Society of Authors’ Awards. The event will take place on online via Zoom Webinar and a link will be sent to registered attendees.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome from Robyn Law, SoA Prizes and Awards Manager
  • 5 minutesClaire Fuller will do a short reading from her new novel, Unsettled Ground
  • 5-15 minutes – Discussion with Claire Fuller about her work and career, and glimpse into her creative routine
  • 10 minutes – Discussion of the SoA Awards and judging the ALCS Tom-Gallon Trust Award 2021
  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A with audience

Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Claire Fuller in advance, email Robyn Law with ‘Claire Fuller – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to answer as many as we can on the day.

SoA Awards @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

Browse our virtual Bookshop.org and Blackwell’s stores featuring books by authors and speakers taking part in SoA Awards @ Home. When you make a purchase using our affiliate link a percentage will go to the Authors’ Contingency Fund, providing hardship grants to authors in financial difficulty.

The line-up

Claire Fuller – Novelist, short story writer

Claire Fuller’s first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize, her second, Swimming Lessons, was shortlisted for the Encore prize, and her third, Bitter Orange, was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award. Her books have been translated into 24 languages. Claire also writes flash fiction and short stories. Many have been published, and she has won the BBC Opening Lines short story competition, and the Royal Academy / Pin Drop prize. Her fourth novel, Unsettled Ground, has been shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021.

Website: www.clairefuller.co.uk | Twitter: @ClaireFuller2 | Instagram: @writerclairefuller

Robyn Law – Prizes and Awards Manager

Robyn Law runs the administration of all the SoA prizes and awards, including the Translation Prizes, and the Authors’ Foundation grants. In 2019 she was named a Rising Star by The Bookseller.

Twitter: @robynlaw

Thank you to the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) for supporting the SoA Awards

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation started by writers for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity, ensure they receive fair payment and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. It represents over 100,000 members, and since 1977 has paid around £500 million to writers (alcs.co.uk).


Book your place using the registration form below.

All our 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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Financial support for authors in need through the health crisis and beyond

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

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  • And much more.



27 May
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