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Afternoon Tea with Val McDermid

8 June @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Grab a cuppa and get to know Scottish crime writer, Val McDermid. Val will be in conversation with novelist and Chair of The Society of Authors’ Management Committee, Joanne Harris, to discuss her work and career and offer a glimpse into her creative routine.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Joanne Harris (3 mins)
  • Introduction from Val McDermid and a glimpse into her creative routine (30 mins)
  • Val will do a short reading from her latest book ‘1989’ (5 mins)
  • Q&A with the audience (10 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (2 mins)
  • This event will be moderated by Lilly Brend-Fish – Events & Outreach Assistant, SoA


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Lilly Brend-Fish on [email protected] with ‘Val McDermid – 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

Val McDermid

One of the UK’s most accomplished and respected novelists, Val McDermid has sold over 18.5 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. Her multi-award-winning series and standalone novels have been adapted for TV and radio, most notably the Wire in the Blood series featuring clinical psychologist Dr Tony Hill and DCI Carol Jordan. The first series of the ITV adaptation of the Karen Pirie series, featuring a Scottish cold case detective, aired in 2022.

Val’s latest series, featuring young journalist Allie Burns, began with 1979, the first in a quintet, and will follow Allie’s life and experiences at ten year intervals. The second in the series, 1989, is published in paperback in February 2023.  Val returns to Karen Pirie with her 2023 hardback, Past Lying, which will be published in October 2023.

Val was chair of the Wellcome Book Prize in 2017 and has served as a judge for both the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the 2018 Man Booker Prize. She is the recipient of six honorary doctorates and is an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She is a professor in the Centre of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Among her many awards are the CWA Diamond Dagger recognising lifetime achievement and the Theakstons Old Peculier award for Outstanding Contribution to Crime Writing. Val is also an experienced broadcaster and much-sought-after columnist and commentator across print media.

Website: www.valmcdermid.com| Twitter: @valmcdermid | Facebook: valmcdermid


Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is Chair of the SoA’s Management Committee. She is an author of nineteen novels in varying genres, including Chocolat, two collections of short stories, a Dr. Who novelette, various stage musical projects and three cookbooks. Joanne’s books have been published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards.

Email: [email protected] | Twitter: @Joannechocolat


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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

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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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8 June
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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