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Margaret Atwood in conversation

26 November 2020 @ 14:30 - 15:15 GMT

Virtual Event

In our second fundraising event of the Autumn / Winter SoA @ Home Festival, grab a cuppa and get to know bestselling author Margaret Atwood, in conversation with Nicola Solomon, Chief Executive of the Society of Authors.

Hear about Margaret’s incredible career, her new poetry collection, Dearly, and her work throughout lockdown. You can also put your own question to her about her own writing, creative routine and future plans. There will be a short welcome from John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers’ Union of Canada.

The event will take place on online via WebinarJam and the event link will be sent to registered attendees.


2 minutes – Welcome from Nicola Solomon, SoA’s Chief Executive
3 minutes – A few words from John Degen, Writers’ Union of Canada, Executive Director
5-10 minutes – Introduction from Margaret Atwood and a glimpse into her creative routine
10 minutes – Advice for authors on staying creative and connected
5 minutesMargaret Atwood reading an extract from her new poetry collection, Dearly
10-15 minutes – Q&A from audience

If you would like to send questions for Margaret in advance, email Sophia A Jackson with ‘Margaret Atwood – Question’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance. We will do our best to answer questions posted live in the comments section, but we cannot guarantee that every question will be answered.


SoA @ Home Fundraising Bookshop

Browse our Blackwell’s virtual store featuring books by authors and speakers taking part in the SoA @ Home Festival. 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.

The line-up

Margaret Atwood – Author

Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in more than 45 countries, is the author of more than 50 books of fiction, poetry, critical essays, and graphic novels. Dearly, her first collection of poetry in over a decade, will be published in November 2020.  Her latest novel, The Testaments, is a co-winner of the 2019 Booker Prize.  It is the long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, now an award-winning TV series. Her other works of fiction include Cat’s Eye, finalist for the 1989 Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; The MaddAddam Trilogy; and Hag-Seed. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the Franz Kafka International Literary Prize, the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Los Angeles Times Innovator’s Award. She lives in Toronto.

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Nicola Solomon – Chief Executive, Society of Authors

Nicola’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.

John Degen – Executive Director, Writers’ Union of Canada

John Degen is a novelist and poet with three published books. He is Executive Director of the Writers Union of Canada, and Chair of the International Authors Forum, advocating for the rights and careers of over 700,000 authors around the globe. His work for authors has taken him to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian and UK Parliaments, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the European Parliament.

About the Writers’ Union of Canada

The Writers’ Union of Canada is Canada’s national organization of professionally published writers, with members in every province and territory. The Union was founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers. Because a lively and diverse literary culture is essential in defining Canada and its people, the Union supports its members, and advocates on their behalf for the advancement of their common interests. In so doing we promote the rights, freedoms, and economic well-being of all writers.

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We are running this event in partnership with the Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) to raise money to enable us to support authors facing financial hardship due to the health crisis. Donations from this event will be divided equally between the Authors’ Contingency Fund administered by the SoA, TWUC’s Dues Relief program.

To book your place, simply use the form below to make a donation of £5 or more by card. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation immediately and we will email you your link to join the event on the day.

Can’t afford to donate? Drop us a line and we’ll add you to the guest list.



26 November 2020
14:30 - 15:15 GMT
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