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Afternoon Tea with Will McPhail

15 June @ 14:30 - 15:15 BST

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Grab a cuppa and get to know Cartoonist and winner of The Society of Authors’ Betty Trask Prize 2022, Will McPhail. Will will be in conversation with The SoA’s Head of Fundraising, Grants, and Prizes, Robyn Law, to discuss his work and career and to offer a glimpse into his creative routine.



  • Welcome, introductions and housekeeping from Robyn Law (3 mins)
  • Introduction from Will McPhail and a glimpse into his creative routine (30 mins)
  • Will McPhail will give the audience a short breakdown on IN and share cartoons from Love & Vermin.
  • Q&A with the audience (10 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments (2 mins)
  • This event will be moderated by Sophia A Jackson – Head of Events, SoA


Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Sophia A Jackson on [email protected] with ‘Will McPhail – 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


Will McPhail

Will McPhail has been contributing cartoons, sketchbooks, and humour pieces to the New Yorker since 2014. His work has also been published in Private Eye and the New Statesman. In 2013 he won the British Cartoonists’ Association’s Young Cartoonist of the Year and the NCS Reuben Award for Gag Cartoonist of the Year in 2016. His debut graphic novel IN won the Betty Trask Prize in 2022 and his second book, Love and Vermin, came out in October 2022. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. 

Website: https://www.willmcphail.com/ | Twitter: @willmcphail  | Instagram: @willmcphail4


Robyn Law

Robyn Law joined the SoA in 2018. Along with the prizes and grants team, she administers 21 prizes for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and translation. She also oversees the contingency fund grants for authors in need and the Authors’ Foundation and K Blundell Trust grants for works in progress. Overall, the SoA awards just over £900,000 in awards and grants annually, and Robyn is always looking for funding to expand these lists.

Robyn was named a Rising Star by The Bookseller in 2019.

Twitter: @robynlaw


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.

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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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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15 June
14:30 - 15:15 BST
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