Society of Authors in Northern Ireland

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The national group for writers, illustrators and translators in Northern Ireland

The Society of Authors is the trade union for all types of writers, illustrators and literary translators in Northern Ireland.

Since 2020, our membership in Northern Ireland has more than doubled. From 2023, we have expanded our work on behalf of author communities locally.

Local challenges, national support

Authors in Northern Ireland face many unique challenges, which is why in 2023 we launched a new initiative, led by local author Hilary McCollum, to support and campaign for members here.

‘I’m delighted to be the Society of Authors’ first regional organiser for Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has a rich literary and storytelling culture but it receives the lowest per head investment in the arts of anywhere in Britain and Ireland. Authors here typically earn less than those in England, Scotland and Wales. As well as acting as a first port of call for Northern Ireland members, I am working to improve the environment within which writers, illustrators and translators operate so that they can develop and enhance their careers.’

Hilary McCollum, Senior Policy & Liaison Manager for Northern Ireland

Join the Society of Authors in Northern Ireland

We speak out for the profession and advise individuals at every stage of their careers. We exist to support professional and emerging authors of all kinds, from illustrators and scriptwriters to novelists and poets, and from literary translators and travel writers to graphic novelists and journalists. As a member, whether you are just starting out or already established, we’ll help you with unlimited advice, contract vetting, helplines and professional training, discounts on books, insurance and more.

And you’ll become part of a growing community of over 12,000 professionals across Britain and Ireland, with year-round opportunities to network and learn at free online and in-person events and workshops.


For more information, contact Hilary McCollum, the SoA’s Senior Policy & Liaison Manager for Northern Ireland.

Phone: 028 9592 9154