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SoA in Scotland AGM 2021

9 October @ 12:00 - 15:00 BST

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Society of Authors in Scotland

Join us for the SoA in Scotland AGM on Saturday 9 October from 12-3pm.

On top of a chance to meet and chat with fellow members, we are very pleased to welcome bestselling author and journalist, Jackie Copleton. She will talk about the loneliness of the long distance author – do writers need tribes to write?


  • 12 noon – Networking hour: an opportunity to catch up and mingle virtually.
  • 1pmAnnual General Meeting (open to SoA Members and Associates only).
  • 1.50pm – Short break (it is not possible to accurately predict how long the AGM will take, but once the meeting and discussion have concluded, the talk will begin).
  • 2pm – Afternoon Tea with the author and journalist, Jackie Copleton.
  • 3pm – Close.

The AGM Agenda is below. This event is free to attend but members must register in advance.


The Day Job
A journalist, Jackie Copleton’s day job is as an editor at the Daily Mirror. She works in the modern but still crazy, virtual world of a 24-hour newsroom where the quiet walls of a spare bedroom replace the noisy camaraderie of an office.

Although pressurised by production line writing, she is working on an exciting new project with her agent’s enthusiastic (and sometimes patient) encouragement. You may wonder why.

A Bestselling Author
Jackie’s debut novel, A Dictionary of Understanding, is inspired by her time living in Nagasaki in the 1990s when she attended the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb. That day, the city and the people she met profoundly affected her career and life.

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie CopletonHer first work of fiction was a Richard and Judy book club pick for summer 2016, was long-listed for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 and was a Radio 2 Book Club pick in 2015. The novel was also chosen as the Best Foreign Literature in 2018 at the prestigious French festival Saint-Maur en Poche.

Published by Penguin USA in America, A Dictionary of Understanding is available in several languages.

The novel is a tribute to her grandmother, who lost her first husband during the Second World War. She is delighted to say that Cindy Crawford has tweeted about the book. Her gran would have loved this.

Expert Writer
As a full-time writer, Jackie knows the highs and lows of writing. That includes the ebb and flow of inspiration, the crunch-time of writer’s block and rejection by agents and publishers. She will happily take questions at the AGM. You can find Jackie on Twitter @jackie_copleton

“A treasure. . . . Japanese culture, family life and love are all a part of the theme Copleton explores.”— A San Diego Union-Tribune “Best Book of 2015”

“A fully drawn portrait of a city and a life, this novel will hold appeal for history buffs, lovers of literary fiction, and readers of high-drama romance.” – Kirkus Reviews

Read a Q&A with Jackie Copleton


A. Welcome and Apologies by Mac Logan, SoAiS Chair [3 mins]
B. Approval of minutes of the last AGM held on 19 September 2020 and discussion of any matters arising by Mac Logan [5 mins]
C. Chair’s report by Mac Logan [15 min]
D. Secretary’s Report by Ceitidh Hutton [5 min]
E. Treasurer’s report by Jane MacKenzie [5 min]
F. Ratification of committee members since AGM 2020 [5 min]
G.  Any resolutions proposed by members.* [5 min]
H. Any other business authorised by the Chair [5 min]
I. Thank you and close of the AGM business [5 min]

You will be able to ask questions throughout the AGM, but you can also send your questions in advance.

If you cannot attend the meeting, but you wish to vote, you can appoint a proxy and register a voting instruction.

*Ten or more Members may by request resolutions to be raised at the general meeting provided that the request is received by the SoAiS in advance of the meeting (by Friday 8 October 2021). Requests should be sent by email and include the text of any resolution to be moved. Only Members have voting rights and can propose resolutions.

Find out more about the SoA in Scotland.


9 October
12:00 - 15:00 BST
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