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SoA @ London Book Fair 2022

5 April - 7 April

Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 April 2022

Come and meet the team, chat to our advisors, and find out what we’re campaigning for this year. 

You’ll find us on stand 1E69, as ‘Society of Authors’ in your programme, at the following times: 

  • Tue 5 April 2022: 09:00 – 18:30 
  • Wed 6 April 2022: 09:00 – 18:30 
  • Thu 7 April 2022: 09:00 – 16:00  

Be sure to check out Author HQ for talks, networking and more, networking and more. See the full list of seminars


Exclusive 50% offer code for SoA members  

We have a very limited supply of half-price tickets available to SoA members – £29.50 instead of £59 (including VAT) for all three days of the fair. CLICK HERE to book your ticket now and use the offer code SOA22. The code is only valid until Monday 4 April. 

Meet our advisors 

We’d love to meet you, whether you’re an SoA member, you’re just starting out or you’ve been in the industry for years. Our advisors will be on hand each day so you can talk to them in person. 


Author HQ talk: How to Make a Living from Writing 

Thursday 7 April 2022 | 10.45 – 11.30  Writer’s Block 

With SoA CEO Nicola Solomon (Chair); Abie Longstaff; Juliet E McKenna and Katrina Naomi 

Writing is hard – and making it pay is even harder. An expert team from the Society of Authors will guide you on how to earn pennies and make them add up to pounds. What opportunities are great, and what are best avoided? How can you negotiate a better deal? From pursuing a portfolio career and the lowdown on competitions, to tips on publishing deals and where to get grants and funding. If you don’t want to starve in a garret, this is the talk for you. 


Abie Longstaff 

Abie Longstaff is the author of nearly 50 books for children (picture book to middle grade), including The Fairytale Hairdresser, The Magic Potions Shop, The Trapdoor Mysteries and How to Catch a Witch, and a wide range of educational titles. Abie regularly appears at literary festivals and in schools. She gives mentoring and manuscript advice and sits on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors.  


Juliet E McKenna 

 Juliet E McKenna is a British fantasy author living in the Cotswolds, UK. Loving history, myth and other worlds since she first learned to read, her debut epic fantasy novel, The Thief’s Gamble, began The Tales of Einarinn in 1999, followed by The Aldabreshin Compass sequence, The Chronicles of the Lescari Revolution, and The Hadrumal Crisis trilogy. In 2018, The Green Man’s Heir began her current modern fantasy series rooted in British folklore. She also writes diverse shorter stories, enjoying forays into dark fantasy, steampunk and SF. The Cleaving, a feminist retelling of Arthurian myth, will be published in May 2023. 


Katrina Naomi 

Katrina’s poetic collaboration with Helen Mort, Same But Different, is published by Hazel Press (2021). Her third full collection is Wild Persistence (Seren, 2020), and she was grateful to have an Author’s Foundation award from the Society of Authors for work on this book. Katrina won the 2021 Keats-Shelley Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Poems on the Underground and on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Poetry Please. She received an Arts Council/British Council Artists’ International Development award in 2018 to travel to Japan. Typhoon Etiquette, inspired by this trip, was published by Verve Poetry Press (2019). Katrina has a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths and teaches for Arvon, the Poetry School and Ty Newydd. She lives in Cornwall, where she also runs poetry surgeries for the Poetry Society.  


Nicola Solomon (Chair) – 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 contracts. She is a Deputy District Judge and sits on the board of the International Authors’ Forum and the British Copyright Council. She is Chair of the Creators’ Rights Alliance. 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. 


Join our Translators Association in the Literary Translation Centre 

The SoA Translators Association are once again co-programming events at the Literary Translation Centre.    


The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Translator/Author Relationships 
Tuesday 5 April | 12.10-12.55

Pitching and Access: The Pandemic-Era Profession (TA & EnglishPEN) 
Wednesday 6 April |10-10.45am 

Pitching and Access: New Opportunities (EnglishPEN & TA) 
Wednesday 6 April | 4.30–5.15pm 


Visit the TA at the Literary Translation Centre, stand 3E90, which provides a hub for learning, debate and networking for all those passionate about the art and business of literary translation.  


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