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Social Media 101

9 June @ 15:00 - 16:30 BST

Join children’s authors Candy Gourlay and Chitra Soundar for a social media 101. 

How do you effectively create and build your author profile (brand) on social media and the Internet? Candy and Chitra will cover the basics of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, author websites and blogs – giving you tips to back up social media efforts in the real world, as well as how to develop those connections in the wider world. 

If you would like to send questions in advance, email Jo McCrum with Social Media 101 – Question’ in the subject header. 

This event is for SoA members only. Not yet a member? You can  join here. 


  • 5 minutes – Intro from Jo McCrum, secretary of the SoA’s Children’s Writers & Illustrators Group 
  • 3.10pm – Candy Gourlay on Instagram, video platforms such as Instagram TV (IGTV), Facebook Live and YouTubewebsites and blogs 
  • 3.30pm – Questions 
  • 3.45pm – Comfort break 
  • 3.50  ChitraSoundar onTwitter and Facebook 
  • 4.15pm – Questions  
  • 4.30pm – Close from Jo McCrum 


The line-up

Candy Gourlay was born in the Philippines, grew up under a dictatorship and met her husband during a revolution. Her latest novel Bone Talk was shortlisted for the 2019 Costa Prize and the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Candy worked as a web designer at the dawning of the internet and is fascinated by the power and failings of social media.
Website: candygourlay.com  

Chitra Soundar is an internationally published award-winning author of over 40 books for children. Chitra has been published in the UK, US, India, Singapore and translated into German, French, Japanese and Thai. 
Website: www.chitrasoundar.com  



9 June
15:00 - 16:30 BST
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