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Meet the 2020 Society of Authors’ Winners

24 June @ 15:00 - 15:45 BST

Time to celebrate! Join us for a panel discussion with some of the Society of Authors’ Awards 2020 winners – Donald S. Murray, Kadish Morris, Rod Mengham and Roseanne Watt.

Hosted by Paula Johnson, head of our Prizes and Awards department, they will discuss their work, winning in lockdown, and where they go from here.

The SoA 2020 Award winners were announced online on Thursday 18 June 2020. Watch the SoA Awards 2020 winners announcement

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Robyn Law with ‘Meet the 2020 Award Winners – Question’ in the subject header.

The line up

Donald S. Murray – winner, 2020 Paul Torday Prize
A son of the Hebrides, Donald S. Murray is a writer and poet whose work has been shortlisted for both the Saltire Literary Awards and the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award. His critically acclaimed books bring to life the culture and nature of the Scottish islands, and he appears regularly on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Scotland. As the Women Lay Dreaming is his first novel.
Twitter: @DonaldMurray56

Kadish Morris – winner, 2020 Eric Gregory Prize
Kadish Morris is a London-based poet, critic and editor originally from Leeds. As a teenager, she featured in the award-winning documentary film, We are Poets and went on to study Magazine Publishing with Creative Writing. Her poetry has been published in Popshot, A Strange American Funeral, was recently exhibited at Gallery 44 in Toronto and was also turned into a BBC short film in 2019. She has performed her work at the ICA, the BFI and Rich Mix Theatre. She is currently the commissioning editor at The Observer New Review and was previously a staff writer at frieze.
Twitter: @kadishmorris

Rod Mengham winner, 2020 Cholmondeley Prize
Rod Mengham is author of several poetry publications, including Unsung (Salt, 2006), Chance of a Storm (Carcanet, 2015), Grimspound & Inhabiting Art (Carcanet, 2018), 2019 the vase in pieces (Oystercatcher, 2019) and of translations, including Speedometry [poems by Andrzej Sosnowski] (Contraband, 2014) and Flatsharing [poems by Anne Portugal] (Equipage, forthcoming). He was also co-editor and co-translator of the anthology Altered State: The New Polish Poetry (Arc, 2003) and co-editor with John Kinsella of the anthology Vanishing Points: New Modernist Poems (Salt, 2005). Between 1992 and 2002, he was co-organiser of the annual Cambridge Conference of Contemporary Poetry and since 1992 has been the publisher of Equipage, which has published over 120 pamphlets of contemporary poetry. Rod is Reader in Modern English Literature at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Jesus College. He has published monographs on Dickens, Emily Bronte and Henry Green; and The Descent of Language (1993); has co-written with Sophie Gilmartin Thomas Hardy’s Shorter Fiction (EUP, 2007); has edited essay collections on contemporary fiction, violence and avant-garde art, fiction of the 1940s, and Australian poetry. He has also curated many exhibitions of contemporary art since 2003, and has made several films with the artist Marc Atkins (soundingpolefilms) as well as the text + image publication Still Moving (London: Veer Publications, 2014)

Roseanne Watt winner, 2020 Somerset Maugham
Roseanne Watt is a poet, filmmaker and musician from Shetland. She is currently poetry editor for The Island Review and was the winner of the 2015 Outspoken Poetry Prize (Poetry in Film), runner-up in the 2018 Aesthetica Creative Writing Award and won the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award in 2018. She lives and works in Edinburgh.

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).


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