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Afternoon Tea with Sally Magnusson

17 July @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Grab a cuppa and get to know Scottish Broadcast Journalist, Sally Magnusson. Sally will be in conversation with Jane Mackenzie from the Society of Authors’ Scottish Committee to discuss her work and career and offer a glimpse into her creative routine.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Jane Mackenzie (3 mins)
  • Introduction from Sally Magnusson and a glimpse into her creative routine (30 mins)
  • Q&A with the audience (10 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (2 mins)
  • This event will be moderated by Heather Parry, Senior Policy and Liaison Manager (Scotland), SoA


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Heather Parry on [email protected] with ‘Sally Magnusson – 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


Sally Magnusson

Bestselling author, journalist and broadcaster Sally Magnusson has written several books, including her Sunday Times bestseller WHERE MEMORIES GO (2014) about her mother’s dementia, and THE NINTH CHILD (2020). Sally has inherited a rich storytelling tradition from her Scottish and Icelandic forebears – her acclaimed debut novel THE SEALWOMAN’S GIFT was a Radio 2 Book Club and ITV Zoe Ball Book Club selection, and was shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award, the Saltire Fiction Book of the Year, the Paul Torday Memorial Prize, the McKitterick Prize, the Waverton Good Read Award and the HWA Debut Fiction Crown. Sally was brought up in the town of Rutherglen and now lives outside Glasgow.

Twitter: @sallymag1 | Website: https://sallymagnusson.com/


Jane Mackenzie

Jane MacKenzie is a fiction author who lives in the Scottish Highlands, though she also spends some time each year at her other home in France. She is Treasurer of the Society of Authors in Scotland, and a strong advocate for women writers and for writers in Scotland. She speaks several languages, including fluent French, and judges translation work into English, as well as being lead judge for several writing competitions.

Jane has lived and worked all over the world, including Africa, the Arabian Gulf and Papua New Guinea. Most recently, she worked in Geneva, where she was Head of the UK Government’s Liaison Office at CERN, home of the Large Hadron Collider.

Jane met Sally when they both appeared at the Cove and Kilcreggan Book Festival in 2018, and has been a fan of her very beautiful, powerful writing style ever since.

Twitter: @JaneFMackenzie | Website: https://janemackenzie.co.uk/


About The Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAiS)

The SoAiS is a network member of Publishing Scotland, and together the two organisations have produced a good practice covenant between authors and publishers in Scotland.


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

  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
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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.

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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.

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

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  • Access to all our SoA @ Home Festival events for free
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  • And much more.



We will send you the Zoom joining details by email.

Please email [email protected] if you do not receive them.

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17 July
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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