Join the Surrey Group on Tuesday 9 August from 12pm for an informal networking lunch over a delicious two course BBQ menu on the summer deck (outside/under cover space). Open to all writing groups, authors and connected book people.

We’ll meet at The Percy Arms, 75 Dorking Road, Chilworth, GU4 8NP

Please book/pay £25 ahead via PayPal to justine@virtualexec.co.uk (or email me to discuss other methods of payment).

 

To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form so we know how many people to expect. Please email Justine John with any questions.

Join the Monmouth Group on Friday 5 August from 12pm for an informal meet-up. Come along and chat to fellow authors over coffee.

We’ll meet at Creates Art Gallery Café, 7 Church Street, Monmouth, NP25 3BX

All members welcome from the surrounding area!

Local group meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form so we know how many people to expect. 

Join Tufnell Park Writers on Wednesday 3 August from 3pm for a summer picnic on Hampstead Heath. We’ll meet near the bandstand by Parliament Hill Cafe. We’ll be there until 7pm. Please bring enough drink for yourself and one item of food to share. Should you wish to bring a little extra drink to share you are most welcome but are not obliged to.

In the event of rain forecast, we will be having a summer social instead at the Lord Palmerston at the usual time of 7pm. We will confirm with members on the 2 August.

Local group meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form so we know how many people to expect. Please contact group organiser Jon-Jon Jones with any questions.

Join our Putney Group on Tuesday 2 August from 8pm for an informal, supportive chat with fellow authors. Below are a list of prompts to spark a discussion during our Zoom session.

  1.       Schopenhauer: ‘A precondition for reading good books is not reading bad ones: for life is short.’

  2.       Margaret Atwood: ‘Wanting to meet a writer because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.’

  3.        If a book is worth reading only once, it’s hardly worth reading at all.

  4.       André Breton: ‘Happily the days of psychological literature, with all its fictitious plots, are numbered.’

  5.       Emil Cioran: ‘A book is a suicide postponed.’

  6.       Milan Kundera: ‘A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral.’

  7.       Is there an author you find yourself thinking more about than you did any person in your real life?

All welcome, whether you’re in Putney or the surrounding area!

Local group online meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form. We’ll send you an email with a link to join us on Zoom.

If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder! Please email us with any queries.

Join the Warwickshire Group on Friday 29 July from 10am for an informal session to come together and work on our various projects. Several tables will be reserved for us at the back of the coffee shop which is accessible for wheelchairs. Author, Celia Rees will be happy to discuss some of your writing questions on the day. 

We’ll meet at Boston Tea Party, 1A Clarendon Avenue, Leamington Spa, CV32 5QU. On-street parking or Covent Garden multi-storey car park is just a two-minute walk away. Plenty of bus stops around there too.

All members welcome from the surrounding area!

Local group meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form so we have an idea of how many people are planning to attend. Please contact us with any questions.

Join the North Wales Group on Thursday 28 July from 7pm for their next online meet-up. This month, we will hear from Bonnie Hawkins on her experiences of finding online audiences for her work.

Bonnie Helen Hawkins is a teacher, freelance artist, and illustrator.  During her long and varied career she has been a gallery owner, event manager and publisher of prints. She has worked with The Princes Trust, Joanne Harris and publishers in the United States, and her landscapes and animal artworks have been exhibited internationally. She will describe how, during the pandemic, she began using this background to find innovative ways to bring both her own work, and the work of writers, to an online audience.

All members welcome!

Local group online meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form. We’ll send you an email with a link to join us on Zoom.

If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder! Please email us with any queries.

Join us for our next online meet-up on Thursday 28 July from 2pm. This month we’ll be chatting about everything related to author websites. Do you think you need one? How did you set yours up? What do you put on it? Do you have any favourites you enjoy or have learnt from? We’d love to hear what works for you.  

 

The Authors with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses network is a member-led peer support network aims to break feelings of isolation by connecting authors facing common experiences, in an online community that offers continuing professional and personal support.

We run monthly get-togethers using Zoom, where you can chat informally online with others. Depending on your computer or device, you can take part either using audio or video. Please let us know if you have any specific needs that will help you take part.

Our primary aim is to offer a friendly and supportive space where you can feel safe to ask questions, share experiences, offer advice, and make new connections. For more information, visit our Network page here.

Our online meet-ups are free to attend for SoA members only. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form. We’ll send you an email with a link to join us on Zoom.

If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder! If you have any access questions please contact us at disabledauthors@gmail.com

Join the Glasgow Group on Wednesday 27 July from 6:30pm for an in person summer get-together. This will be a social and an opportunity for people to share what they’ve been working on recently.

To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP for so we have an idea of how many are planning to attend.

If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder! Please email us with any queries.

Join the Scottish Islands Group for their next online session on Tuesday 26 July from 7pm. We’ll hear from author John Greening who will be introducing us to the poetry of Iain Crichton Smith, one of the best of Scotland’s finest island writers. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

All members welcome from all Scottish islands!

Local group online meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form. We’ll send you an email with a link to join us on Zoom.

If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder! Please email us with any queries.

Join the Warwickshire Group on Saturday 23 July from 11am for a picnic brunch in Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa. We’ll meet by the clock tower in the centre of the park. 

Bring your own food and drink or you’re welcome to buy sandwiches and drinks from Aviary Cafe in the park itself. 

All members welcome from the surrounding area!

Local group meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form so we have an idea of how many people are planning to attend. Please contact organiser Ignaty with any questions.

Join the Cumbria & Lancaster Group on Thursday 21 July from 6.30pm for their next online meet-up. This month we will be sharing our experiences of submissions for publication, the feedback you may have received and the outcome of your process. There will be time for members to read a short piece of their writing, (in any genre, fiction or non-fiction) and receive comments from the group. 

All welcome from the surrounding area!

Local group online meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form. We’ll send you an email with a link to join us on Zoom.

If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder!

Join the Cumbria & Lancaster Group for their first in person meet-up on Wednesday 20 July from 7pm. This month we will be sharing our experiences of submissions for publication, the feedback you may have received and the outcome of your process. There will be time for members to read a short piece of their writing, (in any genre, fiction or non-fiction) and receive comments from the group. 

 

We’ll meet at Castle Street Community Centre, 3 Castle Street, Kendal, LA9 7AD.

We’ll continue hosting monthly Zoom sessions alongside these in person meet-ups to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take part in the group. On 21 July we will be hosting an online meeting with the same subject of discussion and format. More details and registration are here.

Local group meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form so we have an idea of how many members will attend.

If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder!

The Herefordshire Group and Monmouth Group are joining together for a summer picnic on Saturday 16 July from 12.30 – 3pm. Meet fellow authors, chat about writing life and expand your local network at this summer social.

SoA member Tina Jefferies is kindly hosting the picnic in her garden. Please bring your own picnic food and Tina will provide teas and coffees.

We’ll meet at Bagwyllydiart Farm, Orcop, Herefordshire, HR2 8EX.

Please email Tina Jefferies by 1 July to let her know you’ll be attending.

Writers in Oxford are running a series of events this Summer.

Friday 12 August – Sunday 14 August 
Crime Fiction Weekend
St Hilda’s College, Oxford
A stellar list of speakers, including Ann Cleeves, Mick Herron, Philip Gooden. Book your place now to attend either online or in person. Booking deadline 1 August 2022


Saturday 27 August, 3pm – 5pm

Cream Tea in Garsington 
The White Cottage, 11 Kiln Lane, Garsington OX44 9AR
WiO member Anita Mathias is kindly inviting us to her lovely garden in Garsington for a lavish cream tea. Parking available, or you can get the bus 11 leaving St Aldates stop G4 at 2.35, arrive at 3.05, and leaving 5.04, arrive at 5.32.To book a place, register with Brenda Stones.

Saturday 3 September, 4.30pm – 6pm
Walking Tour of Jewish Oxford
Led by Rabbi Eli Brackman of Oxford Chabad Society 
Meet in the Rose Gardens by the Botanic Gardens entrance, site of the medieval Jewish burial ground, and discover other fascinating facts of Oxford’s Jewish heritage; finishing in St Aldates. To book a place, register with Brenda Stones.

Wednesday 14 September, 7.30pm
Ravilious: Drawn to War
North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7JN
A special showing of this new film on the artist Ravilious, as part of North Wall’s Wood Engravings exhibition. Tickets £5, book here

Monday 17 October 7.30pm – 9pm
Not the Booker Prize
King’s Arms, Broad Street, OX1 3SP
Join us for our favourite event of the year: a panel of members will speak to each of the books on this year’s Booker shortlist, after which the audience can vote for their preferred title. No previous reading necessary!

Get in touch with Brenda Stones any questions about Writers in Oxford.

SoA members are invited to join us for a tour of the Charles Dickens Museum – an exclusive opportunity to experience 48 Doughty Street as Dickens knew it.
Our guide will take you on an intimate tour of the Museum – a magical opportunity to explore this uniquely literary Victorian home, led by SoA member and distant relative of Dickens himself, Lucinda Hawksley.
This is an enjoyable way to meet Charles Dickens, his life and his family home.
For further information, email SoA’s Events Assistant Lilly Brend-Fish at lbrendfish@soceityofauthors.org  

Programme

  • 1.45pm – Welcome from SoA
  • 2pm – Tour starts, led by Lucinda Hawksley
  • 2.45pm – Tour ends

The line-up

Lucinda Hawksley – Author

Lucinda Hawksley is an author, broadcaster and lecturer, whose books include biographies of the artists Kate Perugini (née Dickens), Princess Louise and Lizzie Siddal, as well as her most recent book: Dickens and Travel. Her other titles include Letters of Great Women; Dickens and Christmas; Elizabeth Revealed; The Writer Abroad; Bitten by Witch Fever; Charles Dickens and his Circle; and March, Women, March: How Women Won the Vote. She is also a travel writer, and she has written and narrated podcasts and audio guides. Lucinda is a patron of the Charles Dickens Museum in London (and a great great great granddaughter of Charles and Catherine Dickens) and a patron of the De Morgan Foundation, which focuses on the works of Evelyn and William De Morgan.
Twitter: @lucindahawksley | Instagram: @lucindahawksley

COVID-19 safety

We recommend the following:

  • Staying home if you’re feeling unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms
  • Taking a Lateral Flow test within 24 hours of the event
  • Washing your hands when coming in from the outdoors and / or before touching your face
  • Applying alcohol hand sanitiser (we will have these on site)

Booking

Book your place following the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charles-dickens-museum-tour-tickets-360369393557

 

Join Devon Writers Group on Thursday 14 July from 7.30pm for an informal online chat. Connect with fellow authors and chat about what’s on your mind in this friendly, supportive session.

Local group online meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form. We’ll send you an email with a link to join us on Zoom.

If the confirmation email doesn’t arrive in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder! Please email us with any queries.

Join the West Yorkshire Group on Thursday 14 July from 6pm for an in person summer get-together. This will be a social and an opportunity for people to share what they’ve been working on recently.

We’ll meet outside and under cover at the Riverside Hotel, 26 Bridge Lane, Ilkley LS29 9EU

 All welcome from the surrounding area!

Local group meet-ups are free to attend. To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form so we can reserve enough tables.

Join us to discuss the cultural importance and marketability of publishing works in Scotland’s indigenous languages, Scots and Gaelic.  

Panellists Ceitidh Hutton, who writes in Gaelic, Scots and English, and Susi Briggs, who writes in Scots, will talk about why they write in their chosen language, who their audiences are and what can be done to expand the use and knowledge of minority languages. The session will be chaired by Claire Watts, a member of the SoA in Scotland Committee. 

 This event is produced by the SoA in Scotland Committee. 

 

Programme

  • Welcome, housekeeping and introductions by Claire Watts (5 mins)
     
  • Panel discussion chaired by Claire Watts with Susi Briggs and Ceitidh Hutton (30 mins)   
  • Questions from the audience (20 mins)
     
  • Summary and closing comments from Claire Watts (5 mins) 

 

Who is this session for?

Anyone interested in learning about the cultural importance of Scotland’s indigenous languages, Scots and Gaelic, or those who write (or wish to write) in a minority language. 

 

What will this session cover?

  • A discussion about the cultural importance of Scotland’s indigenous languages, Scots and Gaelic. 
  • The marketability of publishing works in Scotland’s indigenous languages. 
  • Why authors choose to write in their minority language.  
  • A look at the audience and a discussion about what can be done to expand the use and knowledge of minority languages.  

 

Send us your questions in advance

If you would like to send questions in advance, email HParry@societyofauthors.org with ‘Scots and Gaelic’ in the subject header. We will prioritise questions sent in advance and will answer as many as we can from the audience on the day.

 

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The Line-Up

Claire Watts

Claire Watts is a member of the committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland. She’s been a writer and editor of fiction and nonfiction for children for over thirty years. Although she’s lived in Scotland for the past twenty-five years, she speaks neither Scots nor Gaelic, but she doesn’t have to have as many Scots words explained to her as she used to.  

Website: www.clairejwatts.com | Twitter: @evangelinecluck 

 

Susi Briggs 

Susi Briggs is an award-winning author, storyteller and musician from Dumfries and Galloway. A Scots language advocate promoting visibility and literacy, Susi writes songs, poetry, stories and picture books. Susi and her best pal Alan McClure co-host, write and produce Oor Wee Podcast, a storytelling and sang show, a globally-acclaimed audible bubble o bliss awa fae the keechstorms o being grown up. You can hear and read Susi’s work in various places including the Scots Hoose and BBC Scotland websites.  

 Susi is the regular compere for Brave New Words and sings the blues with Wave Blues Band every chance she can get! Susi is registered with the Scottish Book Trust and the Scottish Storytelling Centre. It is not unknown to meet her as Susi Sweet Pea Fairy when she is performing as a storyteller. When she’s no doing all o that she visits care homes to lead Music and Story Matters sessions.

Website: www.susibriggs.co.uk | Twitter: @SusiBriggs1 | Instagram: @susibriggsnipnebs 

 

Ceitidh Hutton  

Ceitidh Hutton spent many years as a Gaelic Development Officer working around the spectacular North Highlands of Scotland. She writes in Gàidhlig for children and in English with a wee bit of Scots and Gaelic for adults. Her picture book, Grumpa agus an Latha Fuaimneach, won best young children’s book at the Royal National Mod in 2019. Ceitidh was also shortlisted in 2020 Gaelic Literacy Awards for an unpublished story.  

 Her English writing, The Blàs Series, follows the lives of a multi-generational group of women in a small rural Highland village. Ceitidh is registered with the Scottish Book Trust Live Literacy Programme and delivers Gaelic Bookbug, with a wide range of puppets to help. She is the secretary of the Society of Authors in Scotland as well as a member of of ALLi (The Alliance of Independent Authors). 

 Website: www.cchuttonwriter.com | Instagram: @cchuttonwriter

 

 

About Society of Authors in Scotland (SoAis)

The SoA in Scotland (SoAiS) is a nation group of the Society of Authors. Members with a Scottish postcode are added to the group when they join the SoA. If you have not been added but would like to join this group, please contact us.

We offer a varied calendar of activities organised by a committee of volunteers and a staff coordinator. Group activities are reported in the SoA’s quarterly magazine, The Author.

Need to know

Before the event
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During the event
  • This online event will take place on Zoom Webinar; you will not be visible on screen but will be able ask questions via the Q&A function or interact via the chat box
  • This event will be recorded but you won’t be on screen
  • Attendees have the option to turn on the live transcript option
  • This event is 60 minutes
After the event
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  • You’ll be able to catch the recording on our Vimeo channel

Booking

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Join Novelists in London on Tuesday 12 July 6pm for an informal chat, networking and information sharing session.

Register here and Zoom joining details will be sent to you via email. 

Join the Surrey Group on Tuesday 12 July from 12pm for an informal meet-up over lunch. This month, we will hear from Fiona Barker who will discuss picture books as power houses of the UK publishing industry and trends in artwork and texts.

We’ll meet at The Seahorse, 52-54 The St, Shalford, Guildford, GU4 8BU

To join us, click the Going button below and enter your details in the RSVP form so we know how many people to expect. Please email Justine John with any questions.