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Afternoon Tea with Julian Clary

2 March @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

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Grab a cuppa and get to know comedian and author, Julian Clary. Julian will be in conversation with SoA Chief Executive, Nicola Solomon, to discuss his work and career, offering a glimpse into his creative routine.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Nicola Solomon – Chief Executive, SoA (3 mins)
  • Introduction from Julian Clary and a glimpse into his creative routine (30 mins)
  • Julian will do a short reading from his most recent book ‘The Lick of Love’. (5 mins)
  • Q&A with audience – moderated by Lilly Brend-Fish, SoA (10 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (2 mins)


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email [email protected]ocietyofauthors.org with ‘Julian Clary – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.


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The Line-up

Julian Clary – Author, Comedian

After studying Drama and English at Goldsmiths College, University of London, Julian Clary began working on the cabaret and alternative comedy scene in the 1980s, first under the alias Gillian Pieface and later as The Joan Collins Fan-club. Julian began his television career in 1989 with regular appearances on Friday Night Live. Clary co-hosted the ITV game show Trick or Treat with Mike Smith. Channel 4 then offered Clary his own show, Sticky Moments with Julian Clary.

He is a Sunday Times best-selling novelist, having written Murder Most Fab, Devil in Disguise, and Briefs Encountered and his autobiography, A Young Man’s Passage. His latest memoir The Lick of Love was published in October 2021. He has also written a series of six children’s books, The Bolds, which have sold over half a million copies.

Twitter: @JulianClary | Instagram: @julianclaryrenownedhomosexual | Website: www.julianclary.co.uk


Nicola Solomon – Chief Executive, SoA

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, the British Copyright Council and the European Writers Council.


Need to know 


  • Attendees will have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • If you require BSL interpretation for this event, please email [email protected]

Before the event

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During the event

  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 45 minutes

After the event

  • Hashtag for this event: #SoAatHome
  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel



Book your place by using the registration below.

All #SoAatHome events are free but if you can afford to, please consider donating to our Authors’ Contingency Fund and we suggest a minimum donation of £5. The fund is to help professional authors experiencing financial hardship. DONATE HERE

If you are unable to book using the registration box below, please email [email protected] with the name and date of the event you’d like to register for and we’ll confirm your place.


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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.



2 March
14:30 - 15:15 GMT
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