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Afternoon Tea with Jack Thorne

28 January @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

Virtual Event

In our first Afternoon Tea of 2021, we drop in on screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne. He’ll be in conversation with Theo Jones, SoA contracts advisor and co-administrator of the Scriptwriters Group.

Grab a cuppa and find out more about Jack’s prolific career, writing and producing His Dark Materials (2019), The Aeronauts (2019) and Enola Holmes (2020), as well as his work on stage plays and TV shows. Jack will offer insights into his 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. Hosted in conjunction with the Royal Society of Literature (RSL).


  • 2 minutes – Welcome from Theo Jones, SoA Contracts Advisor

  • 5-15 minutes – Discussion with Jack Thorne about his work and career, and glimpse into his creative routine

  • 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 Jack Thorne in advance, email Theo Jones with ‘Jack Thorne – 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

Jack Thorne – Screenwriter and playwright

Jack Thorne is a writer of film, television and theatre. In film, his credits include Wonder,The Aeronauts, Radioactive and The Secret Garden. His television work includes National Treasure, Kiri,Don’t Take My Baby, The Virtues, His Dark Materials and The Eddy. For theatre, his plays include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, When You Cure Me, Hope, A Christmas Carol and The End of History… Jack is a patron of Graeae Theatre Company and an associate artist of the Old Vic Theatre.   


Theo Jones – Contracts Advisor

Advises members on contracts and issues, particularly those working across film, TV, audio and for the stage. Co-administrator of the Scriptwriters Group. He continues to enjoy the growth in new writing for the audio space but can’t wait for the theatres to re-open. Theo is currently reading the cuddly books Fuzzy Bee and Cache-Cache (or ‘Hide and Seek’) with his six-month-old son, the latter in the original French.

About the Royal Society of Literature

Founded in 1820, the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) is the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature. We act as a voice for the value of literature, engage people in appreciating literature, and encourage and honour writers. rsliterature.org


Book your place using the registration form below.

This event is 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


28 January
14:30 - 15:15 GMT
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