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Industry Insider – The Big Issues

18 November @ 19:00 - 20:00 GMT

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This year our post-AGM Industry Insider session focusses on the Big Issues. This year we’re discussing inclusivitydiversity, and representation. SoA’s CEO, Nicola Solomon, will be in conversation with Nels Abbey (Black Writers Guild), Carol Russell (Inc Arts)Ever Dundas or Julie Farrell (Inklusion), and Bobby Nayyar (Spread the Word). This keynote panel discussion will take place on Zoom and follows the SoA’s 2021 AGM (5-6pm). We will be discussing the state of the industrythe challenges ahead and practical steps we can take to make a difference.  

The SoA 2021 AGM takes place on Thursday 18 November from 5pm. It is an SoA member-only event, please register here.



  • Welcome and introductions by Nicola Solomon (5 mins)
  • Panel discussion with Nels Abbey, Bobby Nayyar, Carol Russell and Ever Dundas or Julie Farrell (Inklusion) (20 mins)
  • Questions from the audience (20 mins)
  • Summary and closing comments from Nicola Solomon (5 mins)



Send us your questions in advance 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email sjackson@societyofauthors.org   with ‘The Big Issues’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and try to 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


Nels Abbey, Black Writers’ Guild

Nels Abbey is a British-Nigerian writer, media executive, and satirist. Prior to moving into media, he was a banker. He is a co-founder of the Black Writers’ Guild. His debut book, Think Like a White Man and penned under the satirical alter-ego ‘Professor Boulé Whytelaw III’  is an eviscerating satire of modern racial discourse and politics in the corporate world. 
Twitter: Nels Abbey


Ever Dundas / Julie Farrell, Inklusion

Ever Dundas is a queer crip author represented by Jenny Brown Associates. Her debut novel Goblin won the Saltire First Book of the Year Award 2017, and Ever’s second novel, HellSans, will be published early 2023. Passionate about good access, Ever set up Inklusion with Julie.
Twitter @everdundas |  Instagram: @everdundas  


Julie Farrell is a queer, disabled, neurodivergent author based in Edinburgh. Her fiction and poetry have been shortlisted for several awards. Julie set up Inklusion with Ever having spent several years consulting with various literary organisations and finding that many did not feel confident in making access provisions. Inklusion seeks to demystify the process and empower event organisers.
Twitter: @Julie_Farrell_ 



Bobby Nayyar, Spread the Word

Bobby Nayyar is a programme manager. He started his career in publishing at Faber and Faber and Little, Brown before founding his own imprint, Limehouse Books. At Spread the Word he works on the London Writers’ Awards and a collaboration with the Wellcome Collection to find and support writers from underrepresented groups.
Twitter: @bobbynayyar 


Carol Russell, Inc Arts  

Carol Russell is a consultant, screenwriter, actress, teacher and founder of Fresh Voices UK, a network which amplifies the work of ethnically diverse screenwriters in the television industry. For over 20 years she has worked in organisational change and EDI for consultancies such as Sparknow, Trans4mation and Taylor St  ewart Associates. As a screenwriter she has written for BAFTA-nominated drama Soon Gone: Windrush Chronicles (BBC), the BAFTA-nominated Story of Tracy Beaker,  House of Usher (short film for BBC), and two seasons of Comin’ Atcha, a series based on the lives of English girl group Cleopatra. She recently co-wrote the book Invisible to Valuable with author and advertising professional Jane Evans.  

Inc Arts website  | Instagram: @incartsuk | Twitter: @incartsuk1 


Nicola Solomon– Chief Executive of the Society of Authors

Nicola Solomon’s role encompasses protecting authors’ interests in negotiations/disputes with publishers and agents, advising individual authors and campaigning for authors’ rights, as well as for the wider cultural environment. Nicola is an expert in the publishing industry and the associated law, from copyright and defamation, to privacy, data protection and contract. She is a Deputy District Judge and sits on the board of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council and the European Writers Council. At the SoA Nicola liaises with the Management Committee to set and implement strategy and policy and to manage finance. She liaises with external organisations and manages the SoA team of professional staff.


Need to know


  • This event will take place on Zoom Meetings
  • Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with the Zoom link
  • Attendees will be muted but are welcome to keep their cameras on
  • This event will be recorded, and you’ll be able to catch up on our Vimeo channel
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option



Book your place using the registration form below.

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18 November
19:00 - 20:00 GMT
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Sophia A Jackson