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Feel Good Friday – British Library Tour

23 September @ 12:00 - 16:30 BST

SoA members part of the Educational Writers Group are invited to join us for an in-person lunchtime social from 12 noon followed by a tour of The British Library at 2pm.

The British Library tour will start at 2pm. Curators of the British Library’s Contemporary Literary and Creative Archives, Rachel Foss and Helen Melody, will provide an overview of the Library’s Literary and Theatrical collections and will talk about how they build their collections and how these collections are used today.

This will be followed by the ‘combined’ British Library tour which offers an introduction to the Library more widely as well as a tour of the Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library gallery.

This event is open to all SoA members with a limited number of guest tickets available.



  • Welcome and social (taking place in the SoA’s event space) (12pm – 1.30pm)
  • Depart from the SoA office to arrive at the British Library (1.30pm – 2.00pm)

Transport will not be provided but you can join our coordinators for a walk through Bloomsbury, or find your way to the library by public transport (British library: how to get here)

  • The British Library tour (2pm)
    • 2pm – 3pm (60 minutes): introduction to the British Library’s Contemporary Literary and Theatrical archives with Rachel Foss and Helen Melody
    • 3pm – 4.30pm (90 minutes): the ‘combined’ British Library tour which offers an introduction to the British Library more widely and a tour of the ‘Sir John Ritblat Treasures of the British Library’ gallery
  • Tour of Library finishes (4.30 pm)



About the Educational Writers Group

The Educational Writers Group exists to serve those authors who write materials for learners and teachers. It has the following aims:

  • Protect the interests of educational authors in professional matters, especially contracts, rates of pay and copyright.
  • Keep its members informed about developments in education, curriculum, TEFL, digital media and government policy.
  • Lobby for adequate funding for books in schools, colleges and libraries, and for well-stocked public libraries and professionally-staffed libraries in all educational institutions.
  • Encourage publishers in all media to respect the highest professional standards in educational writing.
  • Enable educational writers to get together in congenial surroundings.


COVID-19 safety

We recommend the following:

  • Staying home if you’re feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Taking a Lateral Flow test within 24 hours of the event.
  • Washing your hands when coming in from the outdoors and / or before touching your face.
  • Applying alcohol hand sanitiser (we will have these on site).



Book your place using theEventbrite form below. Bookings close Tuesday 20 September at 9am.

Please read our event booking Terms and Conditions: https://www2.societyofauthors.org/legal-privacy/event-terms/



£12 – SoA Members

£15 – Non SoA Members


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