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Afternoon Tea with Trish Cooke

2 December @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

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Grab a cuppa and get to know multi-award winning writer and playwright Trish Cooke in conversation with fellow children’s book writer Davina Hamilton. Trish will discuss her work, career and offer a glimpse into her creative routine.


This event is part of SWG @ Home, organised by the SoA’s Scriptwriters Group (SWG). It is a week-long celebration of scriptwriters and will include the SWG AGM, afternoon teas and industry insider panel discussion. All events will take place online via Zoom.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Davina Hamilton (2 minutes)
  • Introduction from Trish Cooke and glimpse into her creative routine (10 minutes)
  • Trish Cooke will do a short reading from a book of her choice (2 minutes)
  • Advice for authors on staying creative and connected (15 minutes)
  • Q&A with audience (15 minutes)


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions for Trish Cooke in advance, email SJackson@societyofauthors.org with ‘Trish Cooke – 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.


SoA @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

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


The Line-Up

Trish Cooke – Writer 

Trish Cooke writes for theatre, TV, film, radio and is also the author of many children’s books, including the multi-award winning So Much (Walker Books). She has written several stage plays including the Christmas show Cinderella (2007/8), the first panto to be nominated for an Olivier award. Between 1988 and 1996, Trish was a presenter on PlayDays (CBBC).
Website: www.trishcooke.co.uk | Instagram: @trishcookewriter


Davina Hamilton – Writer

Davina Hamilton is a rhyming children’s author of three picture books: Riley Can Be Anything (2017), Riley Knows He Can (2018) and Ella Has A Plan (2020). The former arts editor of British publication, the Voice newspaper, Davina’s titles have been praised for their positive representations of Black identity, garnering international coverage in publications including Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and the Independent, which hailed Riley Can Be Anything as one of their 12 best children’s books with empowering Black characters. 

Website: www.davinahamilton.com  | Instagram: @books_bydavina | Twitter: @BooksByDavina


About the Scriptwriters Group

The Scriptwriters Group (SWG) is a community of scriptwriters and broadcasters. It represents writers and makers across digital, broadcast, AV and theatre. We support members and associates by providing professional, individual advice, negotiating collective minimum terms agreements with organisations such the BBC, and lobby on policy and legislation to promote the interests and protect the rights of scriptwriters.


Need to know 

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 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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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.



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2 December
14:30 - 15:15 GMT
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