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Afternoon Tea with Graeme Armstrong

10 June @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Grab a cuppa and get to know Graeme Armstrong in conversation with journalist and broadcaster, Afua Adom. Graeme will discuss his work, career and how it feels to win a Betty Trask Award in the 2021 Society of Authors’ Awards. He will also give a short reading from his novel The Young Team and offer a glimpse into his 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 online via Zoom Webinar and a link will be sent to registered attendees.


  • 2 minutes – Welcome and intro from Robyn Law, SoA Prizes and Awards Manager
  • 5-15 minutes – Broadcast and journalist Afua Adom in conversation with Graeme Armstrong about his work and career, and glimpse into his creative routine
  • 10 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected during the pandemic
  • 5 minutesGraeme Armstrong will do a short reading from his award-winning novel, The Young Team
  • 10-15 minutes – Q&A with audience

Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Graeme Armstrong in advance, email Robyn Law with ‘Graeme Armstrong – 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

Graeme Armstrong – Author

Graeme Armstrong is a Scottish writer from Airdrie. His teenage years were spent within North Lanarkshire’s gang culture. He was inspired to study English Literature following his reading of Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting at just 16. Alongside overcoming his own struggles with drug addiction, alcohol abuse and violence, he defied expectation to read English as an undergraduate at the University of Stirling; where, after graduating with honours, he returned to study a Masters’ in Creative Writing.

Twitter: @G_Armstrong21

Afua Adom – Journalist and broadcaster

Opinionated, charismatic and provocative, Afua Adom is one of the leading voices on diversity in Britain. A TV news anchor, commentator, journalist and broadcaster, Afua is in high demand, regularly appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Jeremy Vine on Channel 5, the BBC, Sky and CNN, as well as STV, Yanga! TV, TalkRadio and LBC.

Twitter: @afuathescot | Instagram: @afuathesoct

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).

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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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20% off your first year with discount code SOAFESTIVAL20

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.



10 June
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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