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Feel Good Friday – Positive Poetry Party with Andrew McMillan

18 June @ 12:00 - 13:00 BST

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Join us for a special SoA Awards Positive Poetry Party hosted by writer and Eric Gregory Awards judge Andrew McMillan. Listen and watch live poetry readings from this year’s SoA Award poets – including the Cholmondeley and Eric Gregory winners as well as previous judges from both awards – and connect with other writers in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Read the SoA Awards 2021 shortlist announcement here. This year’s SoA Award winners will be announced online on Wednesday 9 June 2021. Find out more

This event is part of SoA Awards @ Home – ongoing virtual celebrations for this year’s Society of Authors’ Awards. The event will take place on online via Zoom and a link will be sent to registered attendees.

Hosted in conjunction with our Poetry and Spoken Word Group.


  • 2 minutes – Short intro from Robyn Law, SoA’s Prizes and Awards Manager
  • 5 minutes – Welcome and poetry reading from host Andrew McMillan
  • 45 minutes – Poetry readings:

    Susan Wicks (Cholmondeley)
    Phoebe Walker (Eric Gregory)
    Katrina Porteous (Cholmondeley)
    Milena Williamson (Eric Gregory)
    Grace Nichols (Cholmondeley Judge)
    Michael Askew (Eric Gregory)
    Kandace Siobhan Walker (Eric Gregory)
    Cynthia Miller (Eric Gregory)
    Moniza Alvi (Cholmondeley Judge)
    Gboyega Odubanjo (Eric Gregory)
    Drew Milne (Cholmondeley Judge)
    Paula Claire (Cholmondeley)

  • 2 minutes – A few words from our host Andrew McMillan
  • 2 minutes – Close from Robyn Law

SoA Awards @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

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

Your host

Andrew McMillan – Poet

 Andrew McMillan’s two prize-winning collections of poetry are physical and playtime, both published by Jonathan Cape. His new collection, pandemonium, was published in May 2021.

Thank you to the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) for supporting the SoA Awards

The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is a not-for-profit organisation started by writers for the benefit of all types of writers. Owned by its members, ALCS collects money due for secondary uses of writers’ work. It is designed to support authors and their creativity, ensure they receive fair payment and see their rights are respected. It promotes and teaches the principles of copyright and campaigns for a fair deal. It represents over 100,000 members, and since 1977 has paid around £500 million to writers (alcs.co.uk).


Book your place using the registration form below.

All SoA @ Home Feel Good Friday sessions are free to SoA Members only 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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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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18 June
12:00 - 13:00 BST
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